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Finally :-)
Secure Storage

They didn't have time to put the shrink wrap on yet, but the AC is plugged in and the boat is prepped for 6+ month of storage
( putting the shrink wrap on is about the only thing that can be done inside the secure storage by the Yard employees)

March 2014- May 2014
Season end :-(
05/13/2014, Chaguaramas Trinidad

We are in Trinidad now - and the boat came out of the water at 8 In the Morning...

The last few weeks we spent hanging around Union Island ... Lot's of Kiteboarding and taking it easy for the most part :-)

We sailed over night to Tobago last Sunday ( May 3th ?) .... I was not planning to sail overnight (No Moon ...) - but the winds started to change direction earlier then predicted so we had to leave earlier too...
We had a decent sail with plenty of wind and some swell hitting us from the north (the boat and the crew got a decent salt water shower that's for sure)
We arrived at the Northern end of Taboga around 6:45 AM ( thats according to the custom officer - that's how particular they can be down here - I called it 7AM and he corrected me clearly on my "mistake".....)

Sailing to Trinidad was not great because of lack of wind .... but as it is a downwind sail and the current is going in the same direction it's not a big deal....
We had to motor sailed most of the 60nm to make it into the marina slip in time.

We had a busy weekend getting the boat ready for the haul out on Monday morning 8AM.

Now it's just a matter of cleaning the boat from all the salt residue, prepare it for
the 6 month in storage and make a list of things that need fixing coming fall...

March 2014- May 2014
Delayed ..
04/19/2014, Rondey Bay marina St Lucia

We " had" to delay our departure agin .. The 9m kite suddenly started loosing air on the leading edge....Jill could therefore not go out in the afternoon yesterday.
We had Beth look at it - to here surprise it had a small leak in the seam (something that she has "never" seen- that should not happen)
She patched it up last night ... it seemed to be holidng air now ... and we will see if it will hold air during the day
The 9m is the Kite we both could be using today (17-20 knts forecast)
I can ride the 12 (and have been yesterday) but Jill really needs the 9m to be able to go out there...

March 2014- May 2014
Kite Boarding success
04/17/2014, Cas en Bas ST Lucia

Success !!!!
It really paid of for both of us to stay the extra days in St Lucia
Jill for the first time kite boarded back to the spot she started from and was able to recover the board by body dragging - "everybody" was cheering ( well Beth, a coupe from Austria and myself ...)
Myself I can go out there for an hour + and come back to the starting point without much trouble (if the winds are above 12-13 knts that is...)
My new 14m kite has been somewhat of a disappointment as the few times I tried, I was not able get going well at 10 knts..
Jill on the other hand has used it a few times with success ( she has been the only one out there for the past 3 days or so - next to the Beth of course who seems to have no problems at 0 knts..:-()

Jill has gotten slowly better each day at kite handling and getting a better feel for boarding as a whole (without really going upwind until today)
The last few days really have been to build here skills up for today - and it worked
Tomorrow will be our last day Kite boarding in St Lucia but we will pull our gear out further south once we are in Union Island

March 2014- May 2014
Galley during sailing
04/13/2014, ???

Our most valid items in the morning during a sail between the island :-)
Coffee for me and something healthy in the pan for Jill

March 2014- May 2014
04/13/2014, Rodney bay ST Lucia

We are Kiteboarding in St Lucia again..
The winds have been cooperation very nicely so far (14-16knts)... but will drop down for the coming days ...
We decided to take today (Sunday) off (Beth where we store our gear has to drive to the airport today and it seemed to much of a "hassle" to move the gear for todays conditions..)
Tomorrow conditions will be similar = maybe it's time to test my "new" 14m :-)
I have gotten quite a bit better at it (The time I spent in December in Antigua really paid off) going left right without any problems (still mess up my right hand turn once in a while, but hardly ever fall anymore)

Jill took some lessons with Beth to boost here confidence .. Yesterday she went left right without much trouble...Now she just needs to get used to our Kites and my much smaller board ...

We will probably be leaving St Lucia by then end of the week and therefore will arrive in Bequia in the middle of the Easter Regatta...
(wind forecast for the Easter Weekend are very good .... in the low 20's this should make for some fun racing ....( We don't race we just watch them going and coming ....if you get the timing right you can watch them going around the north point from the Turtle sanctuary.

March 2014- May 2014
05/15/2014 | Jill
I miss those yellow glasses!! thxs for letting me wear ur boarding clothes!

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