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23 August 2016 | Portsmouth, Dominica
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22 August 2016 | Portsmouth, Dominica
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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.

Touring Dominica

22 August 2016
The highlight of our day's tour was the visit to the Kalinago (Carib) Indian village.
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
Port: Dana Point, CA