I guess I got spoiled. Everyday for the last 6 weeks I have been able to sail anywhere I wanted. The wind everyday was mostly out of the East, a little south of East, a little bit north of East. But, and most importantly, there was at least wind. I could count on 15 knots of wind and a majority of the time it was in the 18 to 25 knot range. Some of the best sailing I've ever had. This boat was made for the trade winds. Fast, comfortable, even with the big swells coming off the ocean.
For the last week, my brother Charlie and I have been slowly making our way North. Sometime this afternoon we will depart Antigua for St Martin. It's about 90 miles and I want to stage it so that we will arrive in Simpson Bay around sun up and in time for the morning bridge into the lagoon.
For the last week and more so the last couple of days, the wind has been getting lighter and lighter. The direction of the wind has been variable at best. I have had to motor more than I had planned.
There are clouds here. It rained last night, something I have not seen in quite a while (I was going to get up and wash the boat at midnight)
I am now at 17 degrees North.
I was at 12.5 degrees North.
I liked it better before.
The weather changes here.
Here is your chance to participate in a crewed charter.
I will be in Georgetown from April 7th until the 20th with not too much to do.
If you would like to come and cruise around for a week or a few days.... come on down.
Also, I have one spot open for the trip from the Bahamas to Virginia. Anyone interested in doing an offshore passage, please contact me ASAP
I am a couple of days behind in my blog writings. We left Martinique for Dominica. ½ motored ½ sailed. We spent 2 days in Roseau, the capitial of Dominca. On Modnay we made arragements for Charlie to go on a dive trip on Tuesday. Monday afternoon we hired a tour guide to visit the interor of the island. The tour guide, a young man by the name of Elvis, was like a walking encycolpeia of Caribbean history, the history of Dominica, flowers, plants, indegenious animals etc. This guy knew his stuff. We drove about 45 minutes to a national park where we hiked a small way to a water fall where we were able to go swimming. There are over 365 rivers in Dominica and many water falls. We then drove to the south part of the island to an Eco-reserve and a twin water fall, one hot, one cold. The hot one comes from an active volcano. The water must have been 100 degrees and felt very nice. All in all we spent about 5 hours with Elvis before he returned us to town. Very interesting, very informitive. Chuck spent Tuesday morning diving while I stayed and did boat chores (laundry). When he returned we sailed up to Portsmith on the north end of Dominica and spent the night there. Wednesday we sailed to a group of islands south of Guadeloupe called Iles Des Saints (the Saints for short). A beautiful group of islands, lots of achorages and a quaint town, Bourg de Saints. Very french .. which closes down between the hours of 12 and 3 for lunch. We waited to check in and waited and waited . No one showed up so back to the boat we went. So far we're having a great time. I am visiting some of the places I hit on the way down but didn't have time to go ashore. I'll be sure to plan a longer stay next time I am here. All for now Alan and Chuck