16 January 2010 | Fort De France Martinique
Tonight I am anchored in the harbor in Fort De France. They put the anchorage right near the ferry dock so every 45 minutes it gets a little rocky here. But, I got to tell you, the harbor actually has bouys that are as they are marked on the chart. And they are lit.... first time I've seen that down here. The city, from my vantage point looks like a pretty lively place. Not like the last 3 islands I have been to. This is supposed to be the Paris of the Caribbean. This is also where Napoleon's Josephine was born.
When I left this morning I had a gut feeling about the wind. The last 3 days, as you come to the end of the island where there is nothing but open water, the wind pipes up a little. This morning I tucked in a reef before I left. Glad I did. The wind was gusting up to 25 knots witha big ocean swell. Pretty snotty out there. I was able to do 7 to 7.5 knots about 10 degrees off the rhumb line. After I got to the next island though it slowed down a bit. Was a pretty long and hard sail.
Oh, When I was in St Maartin I learned to tell the time of day by which plane took off over head. I just noticed today that I've seen my first plane in over a week. My, how you noticed stupid things like that.
No internet that I can pick up here so I am showered and fed.....and it's time for bed a