|Rainbow Rob and Sailor Sue|
|Skipper & Otto playing with the main|
|Flags for the Birthday Girl|
|Otto busy with sails first, then the cake|
|And finally, entertaining the Birthday Girl|
SUE’S DESCRIPTION OF ATLANTIC CROSSING
Monday, 7 February 2011
Since arriving we have been able to swim to the silver sands which they call the beach! The weather is good, (understatement) but intermittent hot rain showers which last 2-10 minutes and are sooooo refreshing!
Our friends aboard Folly are here as are Moosher and Life O Reilly.
Ashore so far we have toured the South Eastern coast and seen the Orchid Gardens. Travel around is easy with a regular bus service plus yellow buses and minivans in competition but for the same price BA$2 for any trip.
Well we made it to the other side, arriving in Barbados on 27 Jan after almost exactly 18 days, which was at least 3 days quicker than we had counted on. The first English person we met when we arrived, had seen Piano when she was new and being fitted out!
Our only serious problem was a failure of the generator water pump impeller on the second day out. Then the replacement failed 7 days later but luckily the second replacement hasn’t suffered the same fate. Also we lost a bowthruster propeller but that almost certainly happened in Las Palmas but we only discovered it while swimming around the boat here.
The distance over the ground was 2538nm, giving an average distance covered of 141miles per day (average speed 5.9 knots). The log recorded 2640nm, giving an average daily run of 147 miles (average speed through the water of 6.1 knots but I’m not sure how accurate the log is!). Our best daily run was 162nm (6.75knots), according to the log or 157nm over the ground and the worst 114nm. In fact we only had 4 days on which we covered less than 140 miles. We only had the mainsail up for 3 or 4 days towards the beginning of the passage – after that it was either one or two yankees and the staysail. While the trip was much faster than we had planned for, it was relatively uncomfortable, with lots of rolling but just two waves broke into the cockpit and the maximum wind we saw was 35 knots (very briefly).
MARCH 2011 – ST LUCIA
So I arranged a lift with Pat and Maria and had a fantastic time! 14 or so ladies from the anchored yachts and those in the marina plus a few who were just out for the season. Marsha says the faces change each week—apart from the few regulars...cocktails and chat first, then sit down to lunch,& more to drink, followed by chilling out in the pool, while the more active decided to learn the quick step and salsa.
|MARKET IN MARTINIQUE|
Even shorter sail just 3 hours anchor to anchor. It’s surprising how exhilarating this fast sailing is, Malcolm slept for the rest of the afternoon while I finished my book and updated the blog story ready for uploading. Once again the water is not so wonderful for snorkelling and there is quite a wind blowing for fun in the water
14th May Tobago Keys
The boat boy delivered croissants at 8.30. First thing we moved ‘Piano’ from her mooring buoy 50 yards to the right nicely at anchor. We took ‘Crescendo’ of to another mooring buoy (no charge) so that we could snorkel.
27 May 2011
|Barnacle Bill meeting a few landlubbers|
Piano beneath the Pitons
A major shopping expedition to Grand Anse where there is an American Supermarket. In the foyer are some ladies selling home made cookies etc—just like the W.I. Producers at home! They turned out to be American ex pats and were doing quite a trade.
Monday 13th June, there was a holiday (Whitsun ?)so that meant a VERY LOUD party on Sunday evening. We were still both awake 0100 when Malcolm did a boat check and found the Avon (tender) (Crescendo) missing! The wind was ashore so we thought ok we'll look downwind in the morning....We announced on the Yachties 'net' what had happened and if anyone saw it would they bring it back/ help us look for it /take us to get a new one/ etc etc.
Thursday 16th sign out of Grenada and slip for Peakes Marina in Trinidad.
Immigration went well and we extended our stay until mid November (the end of the hurricane season here) This cost us $200TT which we had returned the next day as it had been taken in error!
Friday spent at the laundrette and preparing for the hike to Rincon Falls tomorrow.
Homeward bound we were the last to be dropped off and after thanking Jesse for all his hard work driving we set about some serious resting up, tea, shower and sleep...