01 March 2019 | St. Martin
I have been remiss in my blogging journal. The goal I had set at the beginning of the season was every two weeks I would enter a new blog. OK, well island time caught up with me or maybe the rum punches and I have failed miserably on the every two week writing.
I am still here on the boat and have had some very wonderful experiences the last two months.
Mile High Dream left the Marina in Guadeloupe and started her long passage north to St. Martin. We had a happy reunion with John, Chris, and Colleen. They have all sailed with me before and John has probably spent the most time outside of me on Mile High Dream. It was great to be with them again and they were more than happy to escape the frigid snow and cold of Wisconsin. We have 200 nautical miles to go to reach St. Martin. The first short leg brought us to the small national park area of Pigeon Island on the west side of Guadeloupe. The snorkeling here was amazing in the past and did not let us down this time either. From there we did a long 10 hour day sail to Antigua where we recharged for a couple of days at the marina.
“ Chris you dong ok,” John asks?
“What ? I don’t know.”
We are in the slip in the marina and I am up in the office checking in which sometimes takes a little time. Fortunately we had cleared customs before reaching the dock which is an hour long process at best. Why can you just breeze through the airport and I have to go through pages of forms to fill out whenever I take my boat into a different country and then have to do it all over again to check out. (short rant here). Back to Chris.
When I return to the boat, John has helped Chris get off the boat. This is somewhat a balancing act in Jolly Harbor marina. It entails climbing off the front end of the boat, over the anchor and then hopefully landing with both feet firmly planted on the dock.
“Whats going on,” I ask.
“Something is wrong with Chris. He is light headed and not thinking very straight. His heart is racing so I am having him sit down. I thought it was good to get him off the boat while he still had some motor functions,” replied John.
Colleen is on the boat and I go down below. I ask Colleen what is happening and she is not sure but has gone through this with Chris a few times before and it usually passes. When we go up to look for Chris and John, there are no where to be found. We checked the restaurants around the marina and finally find a security guard that told us he arranged a taxi to get them to the hospital.
Long story short, Chris does have some heart issues which he is taking medications for and had a severe cold while on the boat. He had been taking my 12 hour sudafeds thinking they were four hour time capsules. After taking 4 of them his blood pressure and heart rate were way above normal. By 1:00 am they had returned to normal and they sent him back to the boat. A little excitement we could have done without.
The sail from Antigua to St. Barts is 75 miles or 15 hours. I throw out the idea of sailing over night since there are four of us and we can take turns being on watch or sleeping. Everyone thinks that is a great idea so off we go. The seas were sailable and the wind a constant 20-24 knots. All went well and we arrived in St. Barts early the next morning.
It was then a short sail to St. Martin where the Heineken Regatta was going to start the next day. We had fun watching the race boats train and we tried to stay out of their way.
The Regatta is one of the largest in the Caribbean with lots of different boats and late night parties. A few fun nights were had by all.
I flew out of St. Martin the next day on my way back to Colorado to some tax prep, medicare prep and of course skiing and spending time with friends.