Wind and Volcanoes
12 February 2019 | White House Bay - St Kitts
Mandy and Frank
We left Statia at dawn. Mandy wisely suggested we set up the staysail. I was not expecting too much wind but Mandy has been following the weather forecasts closely as it is all a bit exposed out here on the western edge of The Caribbean islands. The wind hit us very hard as we left the protection of Statia and remained at 30 plus knots all the way to St Kitts. It eased briefly as we got into the lee of the island, so we furled the staysail and put out the genoa. A mistake ... the wind came back hard, unpredictable and squally. We flew down the coast of St Kitts below its l volcanoes. It was a magnificent sight to be sailing South East down the line of volcanoes with Saba and Statia behind and Nevis ahead. We decided to break our trip and overnight in St Kitts. Another mistake as it too hours to check in for a simple over night stop. We are hoping the winds will allow us to continue Nevis and onto Monseratt or Guadalupe. We are now sheltered and anchored in White House Bay on SE tip of St Kitts. (Sent via SSB).