LeuCat Adventures

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20 October 2016 | Ile Fourchue, St. Barts
19 October 2016 | Ile Fourchue, St. Barts
19 October 2016 | Ile Fourchue, St. Barts
18 October 2016 | Ile Fourchue, St. Barts
17 October 2016 | Ile Fourchue, St. Barts
16 October 2016 | Ile Fourchue, St. Barts
15 October 2016 | Ile Fourchue, St. Barts
14 October 2016 | Ile Fourchue, St. Barts
13 October 2016 | Ile Fourchue, St. Barts
11 October 2016 | Bobby's Marina, Phillipsburg, Sint Maarten
11 October 2016 | Bobby's Marina, Phillipsburg, Sint Maarten
09 October 2016 | Bobby's Marina, Phillipsburg, Sint Maarten
08 October 2016 | Bobby's Marina, Phillipsburg, Sint Maarten
07 October 2016
07 October 2016 | Bobby's Marina, Phillipsburg, Sint Maarten
06 October 2016 | Bobby's Marina, Phillipsburg, Sint Maarten
05 October 2016 | Bobby's marina, Philllipsburg, Sint Maarten
04 October 2016 | Simpson Bay, Sint Maarten
03 October 2016 | Simpson Bay Marina Sint Maarten
02 October 2016 | Simpson Bay Marina Sint Maarten

Year 9 Day 262 Waiting On The Wind

20 October 2016 | Ile Fourchue, St. Barts
Dave/Partly Sunny
As sailors, we hate to motor when we can sail. Although, I have to admit, we have done more than our fair share of motoring this year and we do not loath it has much as we used to. My brother and sister-in-law have a wonderful 45 foot Grand Banks trawler and it is wonderful. We love cruising with them and since it is a motor yacht, you have to motor. However, with a sailboat, cruising with the wind in your sails is the most enjoyable thing we can do. For that reason, it looks like we will be here in paradise another couple of days.

The winds have persisted to blow from the S to SSE. Since we wish to sail SSW to St. Eustatius the winds are just not favorable to do that. We could motor there but the course that I have plotted is about 31 nm and with the wind and swells on our bows, it would take almost 8 hours. That would not be much fun. Thus, it looks like we will stay put until Friday when the winds are supposed to move more to the east. They actually will begin moving to the east tomorrow but it looks to be a slow process and Friday is looking to be more favorable to sail than Thursday.

Today, we stayed on board Leu Cat again. The wind and the seas were just too much to go snorkeling in. Plus, they have churned up the water and stirred up the silt some so the visibility is not the best. We did notice that the swells were moderating this evening and should continue to do so as the winds slowly move from the south to the east so we have hopes of snorkeling one more time tomorrow.

Year 9 Day 257 Simply Paradise

19 October 2016 | Ile Fourchue, St. Barts
Dave/Partly Sunny

Year 9 Day 261 It Rains Even In Paradise

19 October 2016 | Ile Fourchue, St. Barts
Dave/Partly Sunny
The hazy skies turned to overcast as the morning progressed today. By early afternoon we had our first good rain in a couple of weeks. While it only lasted about 30 minutes, it was more than enough to wash the salt that had accumulated on the decks and windows during our sail from Sint Maarten. The wind was still from the south, as were the swells. However, the swells were a little bit bigger today, making our anchorage bumpier. A charter cat had come into our anchorage this afternoon but by 1630 they had had enough and left. I am not sure where one would go from here to be protected by the southern swells and still arrive before dark. Maybe they went to St. Barts, who knows?

During this morning I had a thought to take the dinghy to shore so I could explore the island a bit. There are not trails that I can see and the island is very steep but it was something that I was anxious to do. However, one look at the beach and I was discouraged from attempting the landing. The swells were breaking on the steep cobble beach and then running steeply up its face. There was no way I could make a safe landing. Thus, Mary Margaret and I played cards, read and listened to music for the rest of the day.

No much excitement but it still was a lovely day.

Year 9 Day 260 More On The Weather

18 October 2016 | Ile Fourchue, St. Barts
Dave/Partly Sunny
The hurricane season is typically thought to be from June and extends to the end of October. Actually, if you look at the dates of hurricane formation through time, by mid-October onward, the formation is very unlikely. However, this year seems that it may be an exception. I just read that Hurricane Nicole, which is now way up north, east of Newfoundland, has been downgraded to a Tropical Storm. However, she is predicted to re-strengthen back to Hurricane strength shortly. To me that is utterly amazing since the waters that far north are typically so much colder and a Hurricane draws it power from warm water. Also, a low is approaching the Bahamas that has a 50% chance of become a hurricane in the next day or two.

It is this powerful low pressure system that is now drawing the winds we have here in Ile Fourchue from the south. This means that we are exposed to the winds and the swells that the winds generate. Fortunately, the winds are light (10 to 12 knots) and the seas are not too bad. Our anchorage is now a bit rolly but being on a catamaran, it is fine.

The winds will remain from the south tomorrow and will not start to return to the SE until Thursday and then the E on Friday. Thus, we will not be heading to St. Eustatius until either Thursday or Friday. We will look at the winds on Thursday to make a decision.

With the skies just partly sunny and the swells running into our bay, we opted to just stay on Leu Cat and take a day of rest.

Year 9 Day 259 Turtles And Sting Rays

17 October 2016 | Ile Fourchue, St. Barts
It was another beautiful day here in the paradise that Ile Fourchue offers. I used the great weather to re-don the hookah and finish working on the hulls. I was anxious to clean out the various thru-hulls we have. Once I was done with that and approached the swim ladder, I was greeted by Mary Margaret. She was donning her snorkeling gear to go checkout another part of the bay. I opted not to go as it takes a while to wash off and put away the hookah and all of its gear. Thus, I waved goodbye as Mary Margaret swam off alone toward the middle of the bay.

In about an hour she returned with a big smile on her face. She really enjoyed her swim and in the process had spotted two sea turtles and a sting ray. She had chosen not to take our underwater camera but now wished she had. With luck, we may spot them again while we are here and at that time hope to get pictures of them that we can post.

Today is Sunday and a number of small day power boats came into our peaceful anchorage. Unlike when we were in Turtle Bay, Trinidad, there was no loud music as the day trippers just swam, snorkeled and shared our little paradise quietly with us. By dusk they had all returned to St. Barts and we had another peaceful evening as we watched another beautiful sunset end our day.

Year 9 Day 257 Simply Paradise

16 October 2016 | Ile Fourchue, St. Barts

Year 9 Day 258 This Be The Life!

15 October 2016 | Ile Fourchue, St. Barts
It is still something that we talk about on occasion. When we think about it, it kind of blows our minds. But, when we are at places like our current anchorage in Ile Fourchue, we can certainly understand it. What I am referring to is the fact that we have been living on a sailboat and cruising around the world for 9 years. We have now lived on our boat longer than any of our houses, save one. We lived in our house in Lake Forest, California for a little over 11 years.

We struggle with the thought of moving back on to land. We know that the time when our sailing life will come to an end gets closer each year but we hope that we can get a few more years in before that reality is met. This is such a rewarding lifestyle. It is so adventuresome and when we get a little bored we just pick up our anchor and move on to find the next wonderful place to explore and enjoy. At each stop we have the most remarkable views and surrounding us to see each and every day. We meet the nicest people: both those who are cruisers and those who live on the land. It is a relatively inexpensive lifestyle. It certainly costs much less to live on your boat and cruise around than it does to live on the land.

The only thing that will prevent us from continuing on living this adventure is our health. With each passing year we find that we are not quite as strong as we were the previous year. Our joints are aching more and when we no longer feel that we are strong enough to master the rigorous tasks of maintaining and sail a boat, it will be time to put an end to this career. It will be another milestone passed and a sad one at that. I am 66 now and Mary Margaret is a year younger and we are both in pretty good shape. Thus, we hope that we can squeeze another 4 years out of these old bones before we will have to bury the hook. However, until then, we will continue to daily ohh and ahh over the beautiful sun rises and sun sets, the aquamarine water and the gorgeous sceneries that we have, such as here in Ile Fourchue.

Year 9 Day 257 Simply Paradise

14 October 2016 | Ile Fourchue, St. Barts

Year 9 Day 256 It Is Great To Be Back In The Water

13 October 2016 | Ile Fourchue, St. Barts
It seemed to us that we spent most of today in the wonderful water that is here at Ile Fourchue. It is crystal clear with over 75 feet of visibility and so lusciously warm. In the morning, Mary Margaret and I both spent a couple of hours cleaning the bottom of the hulls. Mary Margaret was armed with the stainless steel scrapper and working on removal the hundreds and hundreds of barnacles that dotted the bottoms of the hulls. I, on the other hand, worked on cleaning the bottom of our dinghy. This is the first time in 9 years where our dinghy bottom was fouled. The lagoon where we spent about 6 weeks in Sint Maarten is so warm and rich that our dinghy's hull was thickly covered with a green algae mat and long strings of seaweed. Yuck! I still have another ½ hour so before it is fully clean.

In the afternoon, we returned to the water but this time to go snorkeling. We had read that the snorkeling here was excellent.

While we did enjoy our dive, to call the area an excellent snorkeling spot just is not true. We did see a number of wonderful specimens of both hard and soft coral, many of which were very colorful and we did see a few beautiful sea fans and lots of fish, however, the bottom was mostly just limestone rocks with isolated examples of coral. Mary Margaret commented that it looked to her that at one time it was a wonderful reef but it must have been wiped out by a hurricane and is now finally starting to re-establish itself. I will post a number of the pictures I took so you can see for yourselves. However, it may be a week or two before we have broadband access to the Internet, which I need to post pictures.

We had the bay mostly to ourselves as the one other catamaran that spent the night here with us left early in the morning. However, by evening, three other cats had come in and will be sharing the bay with us tonight.
Vessel Name: Leu Cat
Vessel Make/Model: Lagoon 440
Hailing Port: Dana Point, CA
Crew: Mary Margaret and Dave Leu
About: Our goals are to spend the next 10 to 15 years cruising around the world and sharing this adventure with family and friends.
Extra: S/V Leu Cat is Lagoon 440 rigged for blue water sailing. It is 44 feet long with a 25 foot beam
Leu Cat's Photos - (Main)
Wedding and Reception photos April 18, 2015, Yosemite, CA
51 Photos
Created 30 April 2015
Here are some pics that I took while visiting w/ my parents in the Galapagos Islands
22 Photos
Created 29 March 2010
Our Photos of this very magically place
94 Photos
Created 21 September 2009
1 Photo | 7 Sub-Albums
Created 1 April 2009
A tour of St. Kitts that Mary Margaret and I did
75 Photos
Created 7 May 2008
1 Photo
Created 25 March 2008
Pictures of the sea life in the cut between Little Jost Van Dyke and Green Cay, BVI
30 Photos
Created 17 March 2008
Here are a number of pictures of St. Maarten and the places we visited
36 Photos
Created 21 January 2008
Photos of Nanny Cay
6 Photos
Created 11 January 2008
Here what the idoit charter did to Leu Cat
11 Photos
Created 9 January 2008
Join us as we explore the Spanish, American, and British Virgin Ilsands.
15 Photos
Created 20 October 2007
To help get you ready to go sailing with us, we wish to introduce you to Leu Cat so you will know what to expect when you get here! Just click on the first photo and then use the "next" button to advance through this slide show.
19 Photos
Created 19 October 2007
This is a collection of photos documenting our sail through the Windward Islands during May/June 2006 with our son, David Paul.
62 Photos
Created 14 October 2007

Who: Mary Margaret and Dave Leu
Port: Dana Point, CA