Good by to the Saintes, hello Dominica
13 February 2010 | Portsmouth, Dominica
Earlier this morning we hoisted anchor and said good by to the Saintes. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay exploring beaches, dining at local French restaurant and hooking up with the family on Discovery. The french dinner was quite interesting for even though Alice can speak a little french, the owner literly had no clue what we were talking about and the only things we heard were mai mai and macrel. The dinner turned out wonderfully and the wine was superb. Four courses all prepared and presented as you might expect at Charlie Trotters in Chicago.
Our sail was only about twenty miles but once again the trade winds made it a little difficult. Not hard on the wid but close. 18 to 20 apprent winds at about 40 degrees. We were hitting speeds of 9 + knots and arrived in Dominica around noon.
My first impression of the landscape around the harbor was yuck! Ship wrecks abound, beach houses that look like wrecks as well. No hospitible water front or marina so, we are on a mooring rolling side to side waiting to check in the customs and immigration.
The draw of the island is it's beauty, mountains, waterfalls, rain forests and rivers. So we hope to find a car and go exploring. Pictures tomorrow,
BTW, USA won the first race of the America's Cup by over 15 minutes. It's incredible that I could be anchored in the Saintes watching the start of the race real time on my laptop. Amazing!!