77 miles logged Nevis - Guadaloupe
3 sturgeon sea sick pills that worked!
30 knots of wind on the nose
8+ knots to windward reefed down
1 bucket lost to sea gods
4 portable diesel container lids lost to same greedy gods
1 pouring spout - sea gods dessert
1 douse of sulphur fumes from Montserrat's volcano
1 giant wave into cockpit, a first for Harlequinn
1 broken toe
All the above quickly forgotten as a pod of dolphins welcomed us into the anchorage, one piroutting on its tippy toes three times while we enthusiastically applauded follwed quickly by a turtle flipping us off. ( or perhaps a friendly wave?)
The tantalizing smell of baguettes baking woke us up this morning and we soon found ourselves sipping espresso and munching pastries at a little sidewalk table. Then across the street to buy a tiny, red, local pineapple, a big green avocado and a bundle of "seasoning for soup" including thyme, leeks, carrots, pumpkin, local celery, christophene and cabbage. Dinner tonight will be the above served with fresh mahi mahi James pulled in yesterday just after having stuffed our tummies and the freezer with an even larger 20 pounder a couple of days earlier.
Columbier was beautiful above and below the water, with hiking and a new fish to find every dive. But the weather dictates our life, so off at dawn we were this morning for a 53 mile sail and the same tomorrow to Guadaloupe for a 75 mile sail to weather.
We're legal again, with the gracious help of the staff at Port of Gustavia. A downwind sail across in light air chased by the occasional rain squall delivered us to Gustavia and checked in by four. Sailing is not a cheap sport but the wind is the free part. Speaking of wind, our forecasts have SE in them for the next few days, which is exactly where we need to go. So looks like we will just have to tough it out on one of our favorite islands for a while.