Long hard sail today. i will provision here tomorrow and head to Canouan on Friday. For those of you looking for the next geography lesson, get your books out.
I am tired so I don't have much to say. I do have these casual observations.
The further south you go, the less US flagged boats. Don't know why that is but you don't see many American boats here. Mostly GB, FR, IT.
When sailing South - the solar panels are ineffective until afternoon.
Unless Cherioes are completely wet (milk or water) you cant eat them in the aft cockpit, unless your willing to pick them up off the sole.
Genoa salami lasts forever
The guide book says "Tired of the sharing the Caribbean with too may other visitors? Vieux Fort is great: it does not have a tourist bone in it's body" And their right. Out of the way on the southeast coast of St Lucia ,off the beaten path, a large deserted beach and only two other boats. No rolling, no rocking, a nice breeze, a pineapple rum cooler (no ice though) a hot shower. It was worth the 35 miles, th last 12 miles of which was a wild windward beat, to get here. Only one thing missing...... but she will be here in 4 days.
So far I think St Lucia is one of the most picturesque islands I've seen so far.
Tomorrow I will head south and down the windward side of St Vincent and 50 miles later, I should be in Bequia.
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