23 March 2010
9am this morning Vincent arrived in his dingy to set up our batteries - and things are looking good! I find myself slightly apprehensive, and I am trying to take it all in stride! Ready or not...today we break off the dock....find an anchorage, drop the hook and begin the journey!
Vincent finished around 11:30 - we showered, ran to a computer store to pick up an cigarette charger adaptor that Vincent recommended, dropped off the car, took a taxi back, picked up some croissants and a baguette (which I absolutely will miss), walked back to the marina, cleared customs, topped off our water tanks...I'm exhausted and it's not even 4:30.
When we got back to the dock after clearing out, Serge and his Volvo mechanic were on the boat and recommend that we repair the port exhaust. So Serge ran to buy the hose and we'll get it repaired in Tortola, sometime.
Philippe cannot come with on this next leg, so Jim, Serge and I took off about 5:20pm. A little late for Jim & I as, we were hoping to leave earlier in the afternoon, after all - the sun sets at 6:30! But off we go, not without a few minor glitches. As Serge is leaving us in the anchorage, he tied his dingy along side the boat, however, remember the mooring balls? We'll it caught on our neighbors, and we had to leave it free. So Serge took our dingy, ran back to get his, and tied it up again. Ok - now we are off! Hoist the main, let the jib out....HOLEY COW...why is it blowing 25kts! The sea is 1-2 feet, but the wind...WOW! More than I am comfortable with. Jim is doing a GREAT job at the helm - keeping her steady, spinning her at the mouth of the harbor, he seems really comfortable...so I will keep my anxiety to myself!
At Grand Case 18.06.364 / 063.03.831
We look to be the last boat in with at least 50 other boats already at anchor here, and so drop the hook and are holding well (of course that doesn't mean we don't set the anchor alarm and watch the surrounding boats like a hawk!) winds still gusting up over 20 at times, and the wind screams in the rigging. Very common noises, but they take on a sinister sound and feel with our current level of comfort and confidence. The bay looks very pretty, with the masthead lights bobbing and the town lights both on the beach and up into the hillsides. Plus, it's Tuesday and apparently this is a big music town on Tuesdays and Thursdays. We can hear several bands merging from the shore. A place I would like to come back to.
Our plan is to up anchor tomorrow at 4am as it is a 12 hour sail to Tortola and we absolutely want to be in before dark, so subsequently we must leave in the dark. You only get 12 hours of daylight here as sunrise is 6:14 am and has to clear the island before it gets to you.