18 January 2010 | Rodney Bay
I decided not to stay in Martinique. So i left early for the ride to St. Lucia.
I am getting smarter..... left the reef in, hugged the coast and made all the easting I could before heading out to open water. Was able to make Rodney Bay with no problems. Kind of a wind tunnel here and I came in with a fierce wind and rain storm. I have not seen that kind of rain in a very long time. The boat needed it though. It was getting kind of crusty.
The bottom here is different. Hard packed sand. It only took me 6 attempts to get the anchor to stick. Lucky I put the windlass switch at the wheel. Since I am alone and the boats are pretty well packed in here, it saves on the heart attacks of my neighbors, especially when it's blowing 20 knots.
I'll be here a day or two before heading out to St Vincent and Bequia.
I need fuel, milk, bread and propane. There is a big charter fleet here and this is the place where the ARC Round the world Ralley starts so stores are plentiful.
For those of you who not on my crew/trip mailing list... lots of slots open for crew to make island hops or passagemaking north. Good deal, I supply the boat and food. You get yourself here and try to stay awake while I sleep. Contact me if your interested