Wet, Windy, and Very Windy
13 January 2020 | Prince Rupert Bay - Portsmouth - Dominica
Frank Hatfull | Wet And Windy
We have been in Dominica for approaching a week.
The promised wind have kicked in and have been accompanied by very heavy squally rain.
We are well secured to a mooring with three lines, one each side to the fore-cleats and one over the port bow roller. The main mooring line to the concrete block 4m down is dyneema, which is very strong but no stretch at all. The consequence is that the boat snatches in the wind and our lines are very squeaky. So we are not as comfortable as we might have been at anchor.
On Wednesday Mandy and Heather checked in and later Mandy and I hiked through town and along the beach.
On Thursday Mandy and I took the dinghy upto the Cabrit dock and visited Fort Shirley. It's an impressively restored stone fort in a beautiful setting. It was reassuring to see how well the vegetation had recovered after the hurricane.
On Friday we took a trip with Kalluna with Kalluna using our good friend Alexis as guide. He collected us from our boats and took us up the Indian River, we then hiked up through farm land to a local bar to sample the selection of rum. For lunch Alex took us right across the bay to Infinity where we had to climb onto a partially renovated dock in bouncy seas.
On Saturday it was so stormy we didn't manage to get ashore. So we continued our pre-sales decluttering and found plenty of useful bits to give away to Alex and a load more bits for the bin.
On Sunday we took the dinghy upto the Cabrit dock with Kalluna it was very windy. We hiked right upto the top of East Cabrit through the ruins and had great views right out across the bays form both North and South gun emplacements. The journey back to the boat in was very very wet and the dinghy was swamped.
We are now planning to hire a car for a couple of days.