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30 August 2016 | Charlestown, Nevis
27 August 2016 | Anaw Fideling, Terre d'en Bas, The Saints
27 August 2016
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27 August 2016 | Deshaies, Guadeloupe
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25 August 2016 | Portsmouth, Dominica
24 August 2016 | Portsmouth, Dominica
23 August 2016 | Portsmouth, Dominica
22 August 2016

Year 9 Day 211 Nevis

30 August 2016 | Charlestown, Nevis
Dave/Mostly Sunny
We weighed anchor this morning and with light winds motor sailed our way northwest to the small island of Nevis. It was about a 36 nm passage. As we left Montserrat I was able to take some good pictures of the volcano billowing away as the sky was clear of clouds. It was most impressive and I am anxious to post the pictures so you can see. It looks like that will have to wait until we reach St. Martin before we can get easy access to the Internet.

The passage was rather uneventful, which is always nice. The sky was clear, the winds light but the seas were a little choppy with small cross swells. Since the winds were most from the ESE today and we were heading NW, the winds were behind us. We have noticed that the further north we go, the lighter the winds are getting. I am not sure if that is just a short term effect or it is the norm for this time of year. We are now slightly above 17 degrees North.

We reached Nevis around 1400 and dropped anchor in about 20 feet of water. The last time we were here was in 2008. At that time there were just 3 mooring balls available for free. Now, this is a field of 24 mooring balls. Times must be improving for this little eastern Caribbean island. We have also noticed a number of new hotels and resorts dotting the shore and flanks of the volcano slopes. Nevis is just the remains of a single volcano and is said to look like a sombrero. It is famous for both having Alexander Hamilton being born and raised here and for Fanny Nesbit, a Nevisian widow who Horatio Nelson married while still early in his remarkable naval career. When we were here in 2008 we visited the two museums honoring each and they were great.

We were going to spend a few days here to rest up before our last passage to St. Marin. However, Mary Margaret has suggested we leisurely run over to St. Kitts and anchor in the secluded bay called White House Bay. It is just 7 nm away and it is where we discovered the wreck of a 1700s British warship there. The deck of the wreck, along with a number of cannons, littered the shallow bay and back in 2008 was marked by empty white motor oil containers acting as floats. I had taken a number of underwater pictures and had posted them to our blog back then. I am anxious to see if the wreck and the cannons are still there. A hurricane back in the 1980s had moved the wreck and the cannons into the shallow of the bay.

Year 9 Day 208 The Saints

27 August 2016 | Anaw Fideling, Terre d'en Bas, The Saints
Dave/Mostly Sunny
Our passage today was only about 20 nm. We sailed from Portsmouth, Dominica to a little finger bay called Anse Fideling on Terre d'en Bas. This is one of the small islands that make up The Saints island group which lay about 6 nm south the coast of Guadeloupe. These islands are part of Guadeloupe, which in turn, is part of France. The Saints are lightly populated and there are just a couple houses around our anchorage. However, there are a few local boats anchored here, including a sailboat. No one was on any of these boats. The anchorage is lovely with small cliffs rising out of the water on all sides of us. After about 10 feet of just rock, the rest of the hills are covered with dense vegetation that is lush and green. It is a lovely setting and the anchorage is well protected.

The winds were light today so we motored sailed the 20 nm, completing our passage in about 3.5 hours. The winds are supposed to be light for the next few days but we are hopeful we can get enough wind to sail and still make reasonable time. Our passages the next few days are each in the 35 or so nm range so we wish to make at least 5 kts as an average. If we cannot do that on wind alone, we will fire up the engines; otherwise, each passage will just take too long.

We do not have Internet here so I cannot post any pictures. I believe I will have Internet tomorrow afternoon when we reach Deshaies which is on the northwestern corner of Guadeloupe. If so, I will try posting a couple of this anchorage so you can see how lovely it is.

The Saints

27 August 2016
This is looking in to our snug anchorage at The Saints.

the Saints

27 August 2016
Since we have Internet here in Deshaeis, I am posting a couple of the pictures I took of our anchorage in The Saints. This is looking out to sea.

Year 9 Day 209 Deshaies, Guadeloupe

27 August 2016 | Deshaies, Guadeloupe
Dave/Mostly Sunny

We left this morning with the winds as expected: light. What we did not expect was a minefield of fishing buoys. For a moment there, I thought we were back in Malaysia. It was so bad and with the headsail up, partially blocking our view, I had to go up front and sit on the pulpit seat on the port bow and act as our lookout while Mary Margaret carefully guided Leu Cat between and around the array of buoys. After a while we were clear and heading out toward Guadeloupe. To celebrate our being free of the buoys, a pod of dolphins raced by, breaching the water with beautifully arched backs. It was wonderful!

With light winds we opted to just put up the head sail and motor sail. That strategy paid off well as once we were on the leeward side of Guadeloupe, the winds all but died. We ended up furling up the head sail and just motored. Thus, we avoided having to raise the main and then drop it after just a short while.

We reached our anchorage at Deshaies around 1430. Deshaies is a quaint little French fishing village on the NW corner of Guadeloupe. We will just be spending the night here before heading off for Montserrat in the morning. Thus, we just flew our quarantine flag and I never went to shore to clear in. Only French is spoken here and with me having less than a first grade education with the language, it would have been difficult at best. Plus, I had read that the Customs official is not on station most of the time.

We celebrated our 45th Anniversary this evening with a simple but delicious dinner of grilled chicken breast over a bed of salad with sliced vegetables. It is one of our favorite most meals. A splash of wine for a nice toast made the meal complete.

Year 9 Day 209 Deshaies, Guadeloupe

27 August 2016

We left this morning with the winds as expected: light. What we did not expect was a minefield of fishing buoys. For a moment there, I thought we were back in Malaysia. It was so bad and with the headsail up, partially blocking our view, I had to go up front and sit on the pulpit seat on the port bow and act as our lookout while Mary Margaret carefully guided Leu Cat between and around the array of buoys. After a while we were clear and heading out toward Guadeloupe. To celebrate our being free of the buoys, a pod of dolphins raced by, breaching the water with beautifully arched backs. It was wonderful!

With light winds we opted to just put up the head sail and motor sail. That strategy paid off well as once we were on the leeward side of Guadeloupe, the winds all but died. We ended up furling up the head sail and just motored. Thus, we avoided having to raise the main and then drop it after just a short while.

We reached our anchorage at Deshaies around 1430. Deshaies is a quaint little French fishing village on the NW corner of Guadeloupe. We will just be spending the night here before heading off for Montserrat in the morning. Thus, we just flew our quarantine flag and I never went to shore to clear in. Only French is spoken here and with me having less than a first grade education with the language, it would have been difficult at best. Plus, I had read that the Customs official is not on station most of the time.

We celebrated our 45th Anniversary this evening with a simple but delicious dinner of grilled chicken breast over a bed of salad with sliced vegetables. It is one of our favorite most meals. A splash of wine for a nice toast made the meal complete.

Fort Shirley

25 August 2016
If you ever want to know what a 32 pound cannon ball looked like....
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
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Who: Mary Margaret and Dave Leu
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