LeuCat Adventures

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19 February 2017 | Cousteau Marine Reserve
17 February 2017 | Cousteau Marine Reserve
16 February 2017 | Between Martiniqu and St. Lucia
15 February 2017 | Port Elizabeth, Admiralty Bay, Bequia
14 February 2017 | Britannia Bay, Mustique Island
13 February 2017
13 February 2017
13 February 2017
13 February 2017
13 February 2017
13 February 2017
13 February 2017
13 February 2017
13 February 2017
13 February 2017 | Britannia Bay, Mustique Island
12 February 2017 | Britannia Bay, Mustique Island
11 February 2017 | Chatham Bay, Union Island
10 February 2017 | Chatham Bay, Union Island
09 February 2017 | Chatham Bay, Union Island
08 February 2017

Year 10 Days 27 and 28 Old Friends And New

19 February 2017 | Cousteau Marine Reserve
Dave/Mostly Sunny

Year 10 Day 27 Cousteau Marine Reserve

17 February 2017 | Cousteau Marine Reserve
Dave/Mostly Sunny
We are sailing on through the night with great winds of 15 to 20 knots from the east. This allowed us to keep the wind about 60 degrees off our bow. We smoked along, cruising at between 8 and 10 knots. It was great!

Along with the wonderful winds and seas that mostly behaved themselves, we did manage to have some excitement. During Mary Margaret's 1800 to 2100 watch and then during my following watch, we kept hearing over the VHF about a cargo ship that had engine and radio problems and was adrift without any lights or AIS marking its position. During my 2100 to 0100 watch I finally was able to get the coordinates of this drifting cargo ship from another ship that had spotted its flare and stopped to help. With those coordinates I plotted its position on our chart plotter. Gulp, it was just 24 nm in front of us, sitting smack dab on the course we were sailing. I had three hours to make a course change so as not to be anywhere its vicinity. I wanted to put several miles between us and that drifting ship since a rescue boat was heading out from Martinique to save it. I did not want us anywhere near that trouble spot since the exact location of the ship and the rescue boat would be variable given that the ship was at the mercy of the winds and the current.

I changed our heading a few degrees to the east since I figured the winds and the current would take the stranded ship to the west. It was fun watching the various ships detour around this spot. However, by the time we got within a few miles of the stranded ship, our chart plotter looked a bit like the LA freeway system: five other large ships were passing by at the same time we were. A few of them were large passenger cruise liners, one was the Royal Clipper, the large clipper ship we had last seen in Grenada, and another ship was a 1000-foot-long cargo ship that was heading east at 19 knots. Here we were, little old Leu Cat, sailing along at the mercy of the winds and the waves dodging large ships zooming by since they all had the right of way. While we are a sailing vessel and normally would have the right of way, they were all very large and cumbersome ships that have limited maneuverability in such a close space. Thus, under the rules of the sea, they win! We jigged and jogged to get out of everyone's' way. It was exciting watching these massive ships zoom by so close in the black, black night! I still cannot figure out why they did not alter their courses to steer clear of the general vicinity.

As we were clearing the area, Mary Margaret came up to take over and start her 0100 to 0500 watch. She ended up having to deal with a few more massive ships zooming by while I caught some zzzzzs.

We arrived at our anchorage in Guadeloupe, next to the Cousteau Marine Reserve around noon today. We made about 200 nm in 28 hours, averaging about 7.2 knots. That is not bad since we ran into a couple of areas which had no wind and had to motor sail at just 4 to 5 knots for a total of 4 hours.

As we searched for our anchoring spot here in the anchorage, Mary Margaret spotted an Australian boat called Blue Heeler. Wow! We had last seen Wayne and Alli and Blue Heeler in the Chagos Archipelago, in the middle of the Indian Ocean in 2014. We had first met them in Indonesia during 2011. What a small world!

Once we were anchored, I dropped the dinghy and motored over to make sure it was the one and the same SV Blue Heeler. Yep, it was and it was a treat to see some old friends again. Since both Mary Margaret and I were exhausted from our overnight sail, we agreed to get together tomorrow and catchup. We are all looking forward to that!

Year 10 Day 26 Passage to Guadeloupe

16 February 2017 | Between Martiniqu and St. Lucia
Dave/Mostly Sunny
We weighed anchor this morning at 0800 and headed off toward the French island of Guadeloupe with high hopes of finding some great diving at the Cousteau Marine Reserve which is located around Pigeon Island, just off of Guadeloupe. The passage is about 200 nm which means that it will be an overnight sail. It will be the first overnight sail of the season and we are looking forward to it.

The skies have been clear all day and the winds have been between 15 and 20 knots from the east. That is, they are except when we are in the lee of an island. Then they get squirrely and mostly move more to the northeast. Plus they drop in velocity and, at times, have been as low as 5 knots.

When we left our anchorage at Bequia, we sailed due west for about 6 or so miles before turning toward the North in hope of avoiding St. Vincent's window shadow. However, we were not successful in doing that and ending up motor sailing for about 1.5 hours. By then we will able to pick up some winds and shut down the engine.

For the rest of the day we have been sailing with a reef in the main and making between 7 and 9 knots. As of 1830 we are between St. Lucia and Martinique and have sailed about 80 nm. Our position is 14 16.09'N: 061 33.27'W . We have averaged about 7.25 kts for the day. Our current speed is 8.9 kts, our course is 010T. The seas are between 1 and 2 meters coming from the NE. If these winds continue, we should make our anchorage near the Cousteau Marine Reserve by tomorrow morning.

Year 10 Day 25 An Easy Sail

15 February 2017 | Port Elizabeth, Admiralty Bay, Bequia
Dave/Mostly Sunny
We did not leave Mustique this morning until nearly noon. The weather report had indicated rain in the morning so we decided to wait until the weather cleared and the sun returned. Bequia, our next destination was only 13 nm away so we had the time to wait.

The waiting paid off as at noon we had casted off our mooring lines with the sun shining and had a wonderful downwind sail to Bequia. It was wonderful with the wind just behind our beam and the swells running behind us. We made the passage in just two hours and by a little after 1400 we anchored in Admiralty Bay. Once we were secure, I dropped the dinghy and ran into town to clear out for tomorrow's sail to Guadeloupe. It will be an overnight sail but the winds should be favorable, coming from the east while we sail just a point to the east of North.

Year 10 Day 24 A Bodacious Day

14 February 2017 | Britannia Bay, Mustique Island
Dave/Simply Bodacious

The sun was out all day today making the water in our anchorage so beautiful. One could say it was simple bodacious. I love that word. So much so, I actually looked it up to get the exact definition. As it turns out, it has many different meanings including: excellent, beautiful, remarkable, noteworthy and sexy or voluptuous, just to mention a few. What a great word!

The day was so bodacious, I decided to spend the morning in the hammock reading while every now and again taking in the bodacious surroundings of this area. The water was crystal clear, the beaches silvery white, the hills of the island green with the water edge supporting a number of palm trees that waved in the warm gentles breezes. It just does not get more bodacious than that.

To scratch the itch that was developing, I took the dinghy into shore to walk around some and explore a bit. I discovered that there are a few shops and beach bars here, one which I captured and have posted to this blog. I also stopped at the little fresh fruit and vegetable stand and bought Mary Margaret a few ripe, red tomatoes and a bag of nice eggplant. We both love these veggies and they were so hard to find while we were in Grenada. Mary Margaret was so happy that I had these in hand when I returned to Leu Cat.

Once back on board I had to fall into the wonderful water and cool off. It was great. When I toweled off I went and made an ice-cold Margarita and returned to my favorite spot, the hammock. As I sipped my bodacious drink I watch the young lady on the boat that is moored about 50 feet in front of ours take off her top and make a bodacious swan dive from the bow of her boat in to the water. It was a bodacious dive. My, my, my, I so love Mustique…

A Snorkeling Day

13 February 2017
We spied this gaffed rigged sailing vessel which came into our anchorage today.

A Snorkeling Day

13 February 2017
Some of the beautiful houses overlooking our bay.

A Snorkeling Day

13 February 2017
A beautiful piece of brain coral sitting in the while sand.

A Snorkeling Day

13 February 2017
This moss covered coral was nice.
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
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Created 29 March 2010
Our Photos of this very magically place
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Created 21 September 2009
1 Photo | 7 Sub-Albums
Created 1 April 2009
A tour of St. Kitts that Mary Margaret and I did
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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
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Created 17 March 2008
Here are a number of pictures of St. Maarten and the places we visited
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Created 21 January 2008
Photos of Nanny Cay
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Created 11 January 2008
Here what the idoit charter did to Leu Cat
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Created 9 January 2008
Join us as we explore the Spanish, American, and British Virgin Ilsands.
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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.
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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.
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Created 14 October 2007