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31 August 2016 | White House Bay, St. Kitts
30 August 2016 | Charlestown, Nevis
30 August 2016 | White House Bay, St. Kitts
27 August 2016 | Anaw Fideling, Terre d'en Bas, The Saints
27 August 2016
27 August 2016
27 August 2016 | Deshaies, Guadeloupe
25 August 2016
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25 August 2016 | Portsmouth, Dominica
24 August 2016 | Portsmouth, Dominica

Year 9 Day 213 You Can Never Go Back

31 August 2016 | White House Bay, St. Kitts
Dave/Mostly Sunny
With winds blowing constantly between 15 and 25 knots and with nary a cloud in the sky it was a great energy day. Between the wind generator and the solar panels, we pumped over 210 amps into the batteries. This is even with the fact that the solar panels did not do much until 1100 because of the shadows that the mast and bimini cast on the panel most of the morning. We are facing east with our bows into the trade winds so we don't get much energy out of the panels until almost noon.

I was worried that we would be dragging our anchor with these winds because we are anchored on a rocky bottom. When I dove on the anchors yesterday I discovered that they were just lying on the cobble sized rocks. The points of the flukes of the Fortress anchor were dug into spaces between the rocks but I would have never thought that we would have held as well as we have.

This morning I took the dinghy to shore to scout of the restaurant and bar that is on the beach in front of us. If it had a respectable menu I would come back to Leu Cat and report to Mary Margaret. Plus, I wanted to talk to someone that might know what the situation was with the 1700's frigate wreck that we had discovered when we were here 8 years ago.

As it turned out, the restaurant and bar were closed and would not open until 1600. I talked to the guard watching the place and he said that the menu was only burgers and finger food: not what we were really looking forward to. He also was not aware of the wreck so I struck out on that also.

However, coming into shore I had spied some divers so I took the dinghy to the other side of the restaurant and down the beach a ways to see if I could talk to someone affiliated with the divers. We had seen two large cruise ships come into Basseterre, the capital and main port of St. Kitts, this morning. Thus, I assumed that the divers were a group of people from one or both of those cruise ships.

As it turned out, the divers were from one of the ships and the instructor was more than willing to talk to me. I explained what I had seen and researched 8 years ago and he was aware of the wreck. However, he said that the deck of the wreck now was usually covered by sand and difficult if not impossible to find. Also, he said of the three cannons I had seen; only one is now there. He suspects that the other two were taken by someone when the restaurant was built a couple of years ago.

We have noticed that just about everywhere we have gone to in the Lessor Antilles this year have changed some since we had last been here in 2008. Progress has been making a steady impact with new resorts, houses, shops and other buildings having been erected. Don't get me wrong, each place is still very nice but it is not has rustic and exciting as it was 8 years ago. It just goes to show you that you can never go back to a place and find it as it was or as you remember it.

Tomorrow morning we leave on our last leg of our passage to St. Marin. We are planning to leave around 0700 and should make the 58 or so nm in about 8 hours if these winds hold up.

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 212 White House Bay, St. Kitts

30 August 2016 | White House Bay, St. Kitts
Dave/Mostly Sunny

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.
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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