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No Burgers in Paradise
01/15/2010, Roseau

After checking out my alternator non issue - I guess it's been so long since my batteries have been fully charged I forgot what it looks like to have it only charge 15 amps. This morning it was back to charging 70 amps like normal.
I had a nice quiet sail down the coast of Dominica - a very different island than what I have seen up til now. Very picturesque. Rain forest and high peaked mountains.
I stopped in the capital city of Roseau and was able to pick up a mooring. Geez, I was just getting used to being in 45-50 feet of water. I have had chain out that hasn't seen the light of day since it came out of the box.
So, on the way in, as is the custom here, I was approached by 2 boat boys. Roots, who is mentioned in the guide books, had to get rid of one of his competitors. He did this by ramming the other guys boat. I thought he was just going to scare him and veer off, but he actually rammed him. After some words and finger pointing, the other guy left ( and at high speed). Can you imagine someone fighting over you in the 1000 Islands.
Roots helped me get the mooring, took me to the customs dock and then dropped me off in town. All for a modest fee of course. He then picked me up and dropped me back off at the boat.
I had a nice afternoon exploring the town.
One thing I have noticed on the last few islands, they only have KFC. (Kentucky Fried Chicken). Of all the franchises that they could have had, that is the only one they have.
So, I guess on this island, there are no burgers......but it is paradise all the same.
On to Fort De France in Martinique tomorrow.

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?

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