As internet has been sporadic lately… this is an updated from awhile ago.
Although we love the North Sound and kept busy with hikes, runs, yoga and meeting some new cruisers, we were anxious to get on our way. We attempted a borderline forecast day as it was supposed to get even nastier. After 11nm we opted to turn back as the seas were much higher than forecast and of course, the winds much tighter, such that it was going to take 19+hours to arrive! And so we rented a car, toured more of Virgin Gorda, celebrated Glen’s birthday and awaited the next window. Our passage turned out OK as we were at least able to motor sail and arrived after 15.5 hrs in time for a nap before the bridge opening into the lagoon.
We did a record turnaround or shopping the chandleries, hardware and groceries stores, and even made time for a get together with new and old friends. We did a quick stop in St. Bart’s, the south end of St. Kitts and then on to Montserrat. Sail days were long, u.g.l.y. with big seas and shifting winds but surprisingly I held it together through the tacking and nasties with wrist bands and Sturgeron Once again the forecast was not pretty to move on, so we hooked up with great new friends, Catherine and Henry aboard sv Mowzer and filled our days with island tours, hikes, cricket games, beach time and a Wizard tournament! And then, we headed off the same day with them sailing north to Antigua and us south to Guadeloupe. We were looking forward to a nice sail day, but once again, not to be as the winds were 30 degrees off of the forecast making even motor sailing a challenge. The seas were flat though so an easy, though long day.
Next morning was up early and on we went…. An early morning snorkel at Pigeon Island was gorgeous, a drive by of the Saintes and then dropped the hook in Portsmouth, Dominica, just behind friends on Kool Kat and SlowWaltz! Let the fun begin!!!!!
The lushness, friendliness and endless hiking always makes a stop in Dominica so worthwhile. Great hikes, fresh mahi, hot pools and bath tubs …..my love affair with this island continues. And to end our adventures we took in the first day of the “test match” between Australia and the West Indies. Sue and Mal were every so patient explaining the rules and logistics of the game. Surprisingly I thought I would only last a few hours but we spent the whole day and it was such a great experience and I’d do it again! The winds, however, are saying it is time to move on ….so next stop, Martinique!