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24 August 2016 | Portsmouth, Dominica
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22 August 2016 | Portsmouth, Dominica
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19 August 2016 | St. Pierre, Martinique

Year 5 Day 206 A Bit Wet

24 August 2016 | Portsmouth, Dominica
Dave/Wet, Wet and Wet

Today the tropical wave that contains the low pressure cell we have been watching reached us. Actually, it reached us last night. With it came wave after wave of rain. Most of the time it was not heavy but it still added up to a lot of wet. What was worse was the very, very dark clouds that passed by us to the north. Contained in those dark, dark clouds was lots of lightning. Some of the lightning strikes were within a ½ mile of us. With the lightning came its thunder and with each strike the thunder just rolled on and on, sometime for up to 10 seconds or so. It was very loud and a bit awe inspiring.

What blew my mind was four sailboats emerged, one at a time, out of the area of the black clouds and entered our anchorage. They must have sailed from either Guadeloupe or The Saints which are just to the north of us. Why anyone would chose to sail with this type of weather is just incomprehensible to me. Go figure.

With all of the rain, we just snuggled down on Leu Cat and it looks like we will do the same tomorrow as more rain is heading our way.

Tropical Storm Gaston, the second low pressure cell we have been watching is now Hurricane Gaston with continuous winds of 73 mph. However, as the picture attached to this blog shows, it is in the middle of the North Atlantic and staying well to the north of us. It is about 1000 nm away and will present no threat to us in the Lessor Antilles. Whew!

Year 9 Day 205 Taking It Easy

23 August 2016 | Portsmouth, Dominica
Dave/Mostly Sunny

After the long, long day we had yesterday, we decided to relax and take it easy. Thus, it was a read and listen to music type of day. I researched the weather some but the threat of the two low pressure cells coming our way and forcing us to head south is over. The first cell will be passing us by to the north tonight and really has not intensified thanks to the drier air that was over us. We can feel this cell’s impact now as it is much more humid than it has been for the last week. This cell is supposed to intensify as it moves toward Florida.

The second cell is in the process of turning into a hurricane but it is following the footsteps of Tropical Storm Fiona and tracking well to the north of the Lessor Antilles. If it landfalls at all, it will be somewhere along the Southeastern coast of the US.

We will wait here in Dominica for another day or so, letting the potential rain that is predicted to clear away before moving on. We need to be in St. Martin by September 3 and the days are rushing by. By just day sailing, we are still facing another 6 or 7 days of passage making before we arrive.

We may be able to squeeze in another day of sightseeing while in Dominica. There is Fort Shirley that is situation up a hill that oversees our anchorage. It has gone through a major renovation and has a museum. I would love to visit it before we leave and will try to do so, weather permitting.

We received an email today from our friends, Bill and Tracy of S/V Zephyr. Bill would like to try talking with us using the Single Side Band radio. They had to disassemble their antenna during their recent retrofit and they wish to test it out. We have not had needed to use our SSB radio over the last few years so it will be interesting to see if we can hook up tomorrow. Keep your fingers crossed…

Touring Dominica

22 August 2016
While the Indian River is an eco-sanctuary, I really think its claim to fame is that is was the site of one of the scenes in the second Pirates of The Caribbean movie. This was the witches hut that was in that movie. Now, I am not sure how a movie can be made in an eco-sanctuary but I am guessing money talks. I hope that the funds were used by the government to increase the protections used in the sanctuary.

Touring Dominica

22 August 2016
The banks of the Indian River were lined with all kinds of trees. Many of them had what are called buttress roots because they protect the banks from caving in.

Touring Dominica

22 August 2016
The Indian River is a eco-sanctuary where the wildlife is protect. We did see a few birds, including this hereon.

Touring Dominica

22 August 2016
Once we returned to Portsmouth, we then took a boat trip up the Indian River. It was a quite trip with the rain forest tree canopy casting us in dark shadows most of the time.

Touring Dominica

22 August 2016
We loved our visit to the Kalinago Indian village and learned so much of their history, culture and government. Here I am with a former chief, Faustulus Joseph and one of the guides we had. Chief Joseph has written a book entitled: "In Our Carib Indian Village", I have just ordered a copy from Amazon. It is out of print and I feel lucky to be about to buy one. I bought one of Chief Joseph's hand carvings and he signed it for me.
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
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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