|Vessel Make/Model:||Outbound 46|
After 13 days and a few hours, we've arrived in the Caribbean. We anchored yesterday afternoon in Sainte Anne bay at the southern end of Martinique. It's a popular anchorage, which in this part of the world means well over a hundred one yachts at anchor! Plan to head ashore in the dingy this morning for some pain au chocolat and cffee and to check-in; apparently this can be done at any computer terminals locked at numerous bars/ cafes ashore - much more civilised that Heathrow airport and very French! Well's that's all from me for now on his blog until our next long passage - over to Nichola on foursaltyseadogs! PS Not quite so salty after a squall this morning!
All's well that ends well! Only 15 miles to go, but still cannot see either Martinique or St Lucia! After some of the largest swell/ waves to date the sea calmed considerably last night and we had a lovely moonlit sail over smooth seas with the Code Zero up. Ran through some of the largest patches we have seen of seaweed this morning; everything goes very quiet - pretty weird! Hope to arrive in Martinique - either anchor for a night or go straight to Marin Marina - early this afternoon.
All still ship shape aboard Parati. Wind, as forecast, veered to the south east this morning (what happened to the north east trades!?) and we gybed for the first time (onto port) and took down the pole - an hour long manoeuvre with only minimal screaming and shouting! Now heading for the southern end of Martinique and hope to arrive sometime tomorrow. Amazingly, we are still in the (sea)weeds; global warming, storm debris, Sargasso sea....??
All still going well aboard Parati. Not much to report over the last 24 hours. Wind has picked up a bit recently and we have covered 180 nautical miles in each of the last two days (around 150 miles a day prior to that). A bit squally this morning with gusts up to 35 knots. Still in the (sea)weeds and so servo-pendulum wind steering continues to be out of action! Yesterday's position and blog posting were sent via a radio station in North Carolina and previous posts were sent via stations in Belgium, Nova Scotia and Trinidad; the radio station used depends on propagation (how well the radio waves bounce off the ionosphere) and amount of radio traffic (how busy) - in case you were interested!
All still good aboard Parati. Not much to report in last 24 hours. It started a bit rough and windy yesterday morning and thought we would be in for a hard day, but conditions soon calmed and we had a lovely day of trade wind sailing in glorious sunshine. Seaweed still causing problems for wind steering blade and currently we are using electronic autohelm. Great excitement this morning as we spotted on AIS our first ship (a tanker headed for Houston) for over a week; it was 25 miles away so, unfortunately, we couldn't see it! Nichola still a bit insufferable after hearing about England's rugby success from her sister (in an email via the satellite phone)! Also wondering whether an Exit from Brexit is on the horizon yet!
All still going well aboard Parati and coping with an increase in wind today. Quite an eventful last 24 hours. At least two whales (not sure if more as they came close and went away frequently) swam alongside and around the boat yesterday morning for about half an hour, surfing with the swell. Not sure what type - around 10m long, long beaks, short dorsal fins, white bellies and long pectoral fins - Minke maybe; will have to check later. Nichola said it was worth crossing the Atlantic just for that experience alone! Also, we were very impressed with the dogs who smelt the whales a lone time before we were able to see them. Later, in the afternoon around 50 dolphins swam around the boat and under the bow for about 10 minutes; often up to six abreast and looking like synchronized swimmers! Finally, just before dusk we ran into a large area covered in seaweed, which unfortunately kept getting caught on the blade of our mechanical wind steering system and putting us off course. Consequently, we had to resort to modern technology and switch on the electronic autopilot!