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01/14/2010, Prince Rupert Bay

After the Baggett boy dropped off my fresh baggett and chocolate croissant I left the Deshaies. The light winds on the sunset side of the Island (lee side) had me motor sailing until I got to the end of the island. Then, yikes.... the wind came with a flurry. Had a romping great sail. Although a little more south than I would have liked but a nice 20 knots. I had to work for this one. Put my anchor down at 4:30ish... in Prince Rupert Bay in the village of Portsmith, Dominica. The last of the Leeward Islands. Might stay here tomorrow to fix a broken alternator. Yep another one!

01/13/2010, DESHAIES

Left Antigua at 7:30 this morning. Arrived Deshaies (prounounced Day-Hay) at 2:30 PM. Sailed the entire distance on a very fast reach. A distance of about 45 miles. Very cool. Nice trade winds sailing.
I am just stopping for the night. I plan to continue on to Iles Des Saints or Dominica tomorrow depending on how I feel. I am singlehanding now so I have to plan my anchorages carefully as it gets dark early around here.
I want to spend time In St Lucia, so I will bypass these Islands on the way down.
More when I do it

01/13/2010 | john
sounds like a great time
01/13/2010 | Don
When are you going to get the zebra paint job??! Stay safe on the solo legs...! BTW - great sign! It does leave muliple other options open though...
01/13/2010 | Paul
Nice pics Alan. Was that cop following you?
Antigua - Updated
01/10/2010, English Harbor, Antigua

Made it to Antigua after a very long slow slog to windward. Winds 18kts from the SE. and large swells. Left St Martin at 11 am on Friday and arrived in Antguia around 3 pm on Saturday. Only 90 miles! Had to take a long tack out into the Atlantic and a long tack down to Nevis. The wind never turned East as forecast.
My crew, who was hitching a ride from St Martin to Antigua to visit a friend, had just crossed from the Cape Verde Islands a few days before. A retired British school teacher. I am now well versed in the Monarchy and English history.
Jim, her friend met us at the mouth of the harbor and directed us in. He's from N Ireland. He sailed here in a 26 boat, 2 and half years ago and never left.
Jim invited me to a TOT. The British Navy TOT Club of Antigua. It's a ceremony they hold EVERY night. They have a TOT of rum ( a 1/2 glass of Pussers, where you down it in one gulp), read from the book of British Navy History for the day and toast the Queen. It rotates between the pubs here in English Harbour. No wonder he hasn't left.
So with a stiff upper lip.... I will go explore the Island today.
new pics in the gallery

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