Monday, December 28, 2009

December 28, 2009 - Marigot Bay to Rodney Bay

OK hardly worth posting a float plan in this short trip.

We will take the Ronningans on a sail to Rodney Bay today. Maybe stop for some lunch and snorkeling on the way. Looks to be a beautiful day and with luck we will find some wind for sailing.

BR will be in a slip at the Rodney Bay Marina (what, have we forgotten how to anchor, what sort of cruisers are we?) until we leave with the world ARC at 12 noon on the 6th of January 2010.

We have enjoyed our stay in Marigot Bay, peaceful, good Internet, although quite a climb to get to any other place.

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Marigot Bay

Arrived in Marigot Bay this morning. Will stay here for xmas on a mooring. US$30 per day for a mooring is a little steep however, we have good internet on the boat and the anchorage is very peacefull. ie no C&W music blasting into the wee hours.

New Starter Motor is installed and running. All is well

Captain Robert

Saturday, December 19, 2009

Sail On, Sail On, Sailor

They say bad news comes in threes! But more on that to come, in our "This Exotic Life" post on the Bristol Rose main blog page.

As we prepared BR to sail to St. Lucia we started the diesel to charge the batteries and cool the refrigerator. Unknown to us the start switch stuck in the start position. End result; fire down below with a burning starter motor.

Our decision. Faced with no diesel, low battery charge, now means to recharge, little local technical support and no replacement starter motor in St. Vincent we decided to make our way to St. Lucia under sail using paper charts.

BR weighs anchor at 7:00am from Bequia. With a good weather forecast we should be in St Lucia before sunset at 17:00.

A slow start leaving Admiralty Bay, barely enough wind to blow us away from the anchorage. We are becalmed at the entrance to the harbor then with Elliot at the helm we start to move at last into Bequia Channel. We tack again and again eastward all morning to take our course on the windward side of St. Vincent.

As we are about to set our course to St Lucia the winds drop to nothing. Our sails luff as BR rolls in the 4 ft swell for about an hour. Without any power, we start to second guess our decision to leave the safety of Bequia.

Finally a slight breeze, our speed builds to 1 knt towards our destination. Looks like the boys are going to be in for their first overnight sail. For hours we slowly make our way North. After sunset our speed has increased to 3 knts, at this rate we should be in Vieux Fort, at the southern end of St. Lucia, around 3:00am.

By midnight the lights of Vieux Fort are in clear sight and our speed has increased to 7.6 knts. We sail into the harbor and set the anchor. It is now 1:00am. 18 hrs to travel 50 miles.

We are relieved to have the anchor set in a safe harbor and proud of our achievement bringing BR to St Lucia without the help of the diesel or our electronic charts.

Captain Robert

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Looking for St Nick in St Lucia

Will leave Bequia at 5:00am Thursday 17th December 2009 and arrive in Vieux Fort, St Lucia late afternoon. Will check in at Vieux Fort.

Chris Parker has given us a good weather forecast, 17knt 090 winds and 4ft swell.

Plan to take the windward side to get a better angle on the wind and better winds for sailing.

Friday, December 11, 2009

Bequia Blows

Trades are up, we have seen gusts to 45kts in Admirality Bay. The first night our anchor dragged on this shallow sand over coral bottom. She's holding tight since we re-anchored in eight feet of water around 3:30am!

Looks like the trades will be strong coupled with high seas into next week. It may be Wednesday before we can leave for Vieux Fort, St. Lucia.

Sunday, December 6, 2009

Monday 7th December 2009, Tobago Cays to Bequia

We plan to sail to Bequia from Tobago Cays.

Forecast wind around 20 kts from East to North East, seas at 8 ft from the East

We will leave before breakfast to ensure we arrive in Bequia with plenty of light.

Boat is staged ready to go.

UPDATE: Good trip, 27 nm in 4.5 hrs. Close Haul 20-25kt winds.

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Geetings from Petite Martinique

Currently at anchor off Petite Martinique, N 12 31.498 W 061 23.420

We will re-fuel and take on water here before leaving for Union Island to check-in to St Vincent and the Grenadines. A very short hop from Petite Martinique.

Since leaving Prickly Bay, Grenada the sailing has been poor. We have motored or motor-sailed all the way. Our route takes us North and East , the Trades are blowing slightly North of East at around 15 knts. Bottom line we are once again going to weather.

Fishing has resulted in a few Barracuda. The locals eat this fish and it is served up at restaurants. We are not taking any chances (Barracuda is known for Ciguatera poisoning) and release all the Barracuda we have caught.

The weather is perfect, early morning temp in the high 70s with day time highs around 85F. Rain at night, however not enough to wash the salt off Bristol Rose's decks. Water Temperature makes for snorkeling trips with out the use of wet suits.

Owen and Elliot are slowly settling into life aboard Bristol Rose. It is quite a change for them, leaving a US winter, work and friends, to a life in the tropics aboard a sail boat. Lots to learn.


Friday, November 27, 2009

Greetings from Tyrrel Bay, Carriacou

Trish, Owen, Elliot, Daisie Dog and Robert are safely anchored in Tyrrel Bay. Delightful anchorage although the boys think is is a little too quite. On route to Carriacou we stayed overnight at Ronde Island, in spite of Chris Doyles recommendation against anchoring here, we found it less rolly than Prickly Bay. snorkeled the reefs, Coconuts were gathered on the beach and fish were caught. Elliot hooked a fish that took all the line and lure.

Trish and Robert celebrated one year of living aboard Bristol Rose, very nice night

We set a course on the lee of Grenada, once underway I remembered all too well why I prefer the windward side of the islands. we motored most of the way. We plan to stay a few more days before moving onto SVG (st Vincent & the Grenadines). Looking forward to Petite Martinique, Petite St Vincent and Union Island.

The next few days will be spend exploring the Carriacou. Dinner tonight at the Lambi Queen with the crews of Voyager and Kandia

Sunday, November 22, 2009

November 22, 2009 Float Plan

Wednesday 25th November: Tyrrel Bay
Saturday 5th December:Chatham
Wednesday 9th December: Marreau/Tobago Cays
Tuesday 15th December: Bequia
Thursday 17th December: St Lucia

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

November 17th, 2009 - Passage from Trinidad to Grenada

Current location 11 43.804N 061 38.443W

We are now 20nm off Grenada, coffee is brewing, 15 knts of wind, sun is up and life is good. After 3 months in Trinidad it is good to be moving again. although preparing to leave took much longer than we wanted it to. Left in the dark around 8:00 pm

We had a good overnight passage, AIS took some of the stress out of the moderately heavy shipping traffic around Trinidad.

Monday, November 9, 2009

Test Post from Airmail

This is a test post from S.V Bristol Rose

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Almost Done

The 2009 Hurricane season officially finishes at the end of November however, our insurance company provides coverage within the hurricane box after November 1st.

Bristol Rose will splash on Friday 30th of October. New Sail Covers will be fitted on Saturday and we will take delivery of a cruising spinnaker on Monday.

A shake down cruise to Chacachacare and we will be ready to head north to pick up Owen and Elliot in Grenada on the 19th November.

Monday, October 12, 2009

Power Boats

Bristol Rose is currently in slip C9 at Power Boats yard Chaguaramas.
She will haul on Monday 26th October and our plan is to head back to Grenada early November.

So what have we done this hurricane season
  • New Batteries
  • New Anchor Chain
  • New B-B-Q
  • New Cruising spinnaker
  • replace main and mizzen sail covers
  • Re done the Bright work
  • New Cockpit table
  • Bottom Paint
  • New Cockpit shade covers
  • Re Build macerator pumps
  • move the TV and reclaimed a cupboard
  • Replaced the Microwave with a cupboard
  • Replaced 4 man life raft with a 6 person raft
  • Upgrade safety equipment

Sunday, August 16, 2009

Tuesday 18th August, 2009 - Grenada to Trinidad

UPDATE: Arrived in Charuaramas. Trinidad around 9:00am after leaving CCB at 6:00pm. Great sail for the first half of the passage, beam reach, travelling 7-8 kts. Second half the winds died and had to motor to Trinidad. Picked up the trash line at 10 miles out. Real shame to see so much trash at sea.

Winds forecast for 10knts, seas 5 ft with 8 second interval. clear skys should make for a good nights sail to trinidad approx 80 nm or 16 hrs.

Plan to leave Tuesday afternoon and arrive Wednesday morning.

We will stay in Trinidad and get our maintenance work complete and ready for Pacific Crossing.

Sunday, August 9, 2009

Storm Watch

Update: Invest 90 is now known as TS Bill. Looks like it will pass north of us and will become a Hurricane on Monday. We now have 3 more storm systems in the Atlantic, total of 5 active systems. getting busy! We plan to move onto Trinidad on Monday night.

Invest 99, became TD 2 and this morning NOAA named it Tropical Storm ANA. Ana is forecast to pass to our north. Invest 90 is still of concern and could well become another named strom.

UPDATE: Invest 90 now has a high probability(>50%) of becoming a tropical huricane in the next 48 hrs.

Update: getting busy out here. TD2 looks like it wont amount to much and will pass north of us. Invest 90 is now being tracked. Early days but will monitor situation. We are past due for a named storm in the atlantic.

Maybe, just maybe Invest 99 will amount to a named storm. The good news for all is that if it does develop it will keep out of harms way.

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Storm Watch

Update: Nothing developed.

We are still to see our first named storm for the season. Could this be it? Click Here and here

Montor situation every 4 hrs
Prepare boat for departure

Monday, July 13, 2009

July 10th 2009 Saint David's Harbor to Clarkes Court

Brisk down wind sail for 5nm. to Clarkes Court Bay. Met up with Whiskers, Where II, Sea Otter, Tia Anica, Night Hawk, Dignity.

Clarkes Court Bay is where the Book "Embarrassment of Mangoes" was set for the author's summer stop over in Grenada.

Will stay a while. After Grenada Carnival we plan to move on to Trinidad to wait out the rest of hurricane season and get boat maintenance done.

Friday, July 3, 2009

June 30th 2009 - Union Island to St. Davids Harbor Grenada

Chris Parker advised us to get tucked away by Tuesday night. 3 tropical waves will bring 10ft swell, 30 knt winds and squalls.

Made the 40nm trip in 7 hours. 15knt winds and 6ft swell. Travelled on the windward side of the islands. MV Spectra travelled with us.

Left at 7:00am arrived St Davids at 2:00pm

Anchorage protected from the wind, bit rolly, holding marginal.

Monday, June 29, 2009

June 29th 2009: Mustique to Tobago Cays

Short 20 nm jump from Mustique to Tobago Cays. Easy sail. Travelled windward side.

MV Spectra and SV Nikita in anchorage.

Saturday, June 27, 2009

Saturday 27th June, 2009 - Bequia to Mustique

Had to tack to get to Mustique.

Travalled with Where II and Spectra.

Picked up a mooring (US$75 with max 3 night stay)

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Wednesday 17th June, 2009 Martinique to Bequia

Left 1:30 am. Skipped St Lucia and St Vincent. traveled windward side.

Good start at 7knts. wind dropped as we approached St Lucia around 5:00am. 2 Local fishing boats passed us 5 miles out.

Hit some squalls, heavy rain.

Wind died at St Vincent. had to motor the lenght of St vincent and into Bequia.

Arrive at sun set. met up with Where II (Matt and Karen)

Monday, June 8, 2009

Monday 8th June, 2009 - Dominica - Martnique

good day sail to St Pierre. travelled with Beach House, Jackster

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Wednesday 3rd June, 2009 - The Saints to Dominica

Easy day sail. Travelled with Choco Bo, Anthem, Beach House, Night Hawk, Inspiration Lady and Spectra

Friday, May 29, 2009

Friday 29th May, 2009 Guadeloupe to Isles Des Saints

Short easy sail. arrived late. anchorage full and water deep. Night Hawk, Inspiration Lady, Beach House in harbour

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Tuesday 26th May, 2009 Montserrat to Guadeloupe

easy day sail, close haul. island effect close to Montserrat. Heard from Inspiration lady and Anthem on the radio.

Thursday, May 21, 2009

Sunday 24th May, 2009 - Nevis to Montserrat

easy day sail, close haul had to tack twice to get to Montserrat. Full days travel

Thursday 21st May, 2009 St kitts to Nevis

Easy day sail to Nevis. Picked up a mooring off the beach. Very loud music all night.

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

May 19th Saba to St Kitts

Motor sailed most of the way.., Winds ESE seas slight not a bad passage. Need to get water, staying a couple of nights in a marina in Basseterre.

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Saturday 12, May 2009 - Culebra to St Thomas

Great sail all the way. close haul. good wind direction and sea state. Arrived with Spectra and met up with Slow Motion

Saturday, May 9, 2009

Saturday 9th May - USVI to St Martins

Weather forecast predicts Sunday/Monday best opportunty to cross the Anegada Passage to St Martin.

Leave St Thomas on Saturday, 9th, stay Saturday in St Johns (not sure were we will anchor yet). Leave Sunday, 10th, morning, yellow flag the BVI's leave Virgin Gorda Sunday afternoon, arrive St Martin Monday, 11th.

Will check in on French side, anchor in Simpson Bay Lagoon until Barry Tidd arrives from Australia on Thursday.

Monday, April 27, 2009

Sunday 26th April, Vieques to Culebra

20 knt winds, 6ft short swell with wind chop.

Anchored at Ensenada Honda. Will stay to pick up mail and engine mount. before leaving for:

  • US Virgin Islands
  • Bristish virgin Islands

Saturday 18th April - Salinas ot Vieques

Left Salinas @ 7pm. low swell and wind conditions enabled us to motor sail to Puerto Patillas. Stayed the night left @ 6am for Vieques.

onroute discovered forward starboard engine mount bracket has broken. Sailed to Sun Bay.

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Saturday 4th Boqeron - Salinas, Puerto Rico

Prevailing Easterly Trade winds. Sail South Coast of Puerto Rico. Early morning short trips.

  • Boqeron
  • La Parguera
  • Gilligans Island
  • Ponce
  • Caja De Muertos (Coffin Island)
  • Salinas

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Wednesday 1st April, 2009 - Mona Passage

Left Escondido 2:30 pm.

Rough motorboat ride to Hourglass Shoal. First 100nm

Sailed the last 50 nm to Pureto Rico

we made it!

Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Tuesday 31st March 2009 - Rio San Juan to Escondido

more easterly winds and seas. Motored all the way

Monday, March 30, 2009

Monday 30th March 2009 - Luperon to Rio San Juan

Left Harbor at 11:30pm slow passage with 20knt winds and waves from the east. Motored all the way.

Sailed with Slow Mocean, Buddy, Anthem, Night Hawk, Double Dutch, and Short Sail

Friday, March 20, 2009

Friday 20th March, 2009 - Luperon

Great weather window allowing sailing from Provo via French cay to Luperon.

Problems with Mast wedges worked loose. Decided to motor to Luperon.

Good Passage.

Sailed with Slow Mocean, Buddy, Anthem and Water Music.

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Wednesday 18th March - Provo

Great motor sail from Rum Cay to Provo. 160nm in 24 hrs.

Sailed with Slow Mocean.

Saturday, March 14, 2009

Sunday 15th March, 2009 - Rum Cay

Rough trip from Conception Cay to Rum Cay. Winds out of the SE at 20 to 25 knts. Seas to 7ft.

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

11th March 2009 - Conception Island

Staged at Fowl Ca.y, a little rough

Light winds out of the east, slight swell. good day trip.

Solveig joined us. Met Spectra at Conception.

Saturday, February 28, 2009

Saturday 28th February 2009 - GeorgeTown Exuma

At long last the winds started to abate, we left rudder cut for the short 20nm sail to Georgetown.

Winds out of the SE at 20knts, seas 4ft. Motor sailed all the way

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Thursday 19th February 2009 Great Guana Cay (Black Point Settlement)

Short sail from Staniel Cay to Black Point Settlement. 8 nm

Wind Forecast SE clocking S - SW - NW 10 to 15 kt

Tuesday 17th February 2009 Staniel Cay

Winds N NE 20kts

Sail 20 nm from Warderick Wells to Staniel Cay via Exuma Banks

Leave 10:00 AM arrive 2:00 PM

Sunday 15th February, 2009 Wardrick Wells

Winds Light from the south.

Pick up a mooring at the Land and Sea Park HQ and ride out the cold front that will pass Monday afternoon.

Monday, February 16, 2009

13th February 2009, Shroud Cay

Winds Light and Varable. Anchored at Shroud Cay. Exuma Land and Sea Park. Explored Mangove lined creeks in dinghy

Thursday 12 February, 2009 Normans Cay

Met up with Starshine and anchored at Normans Cay

Sunday, February 8, 2009

Wednesday 11th Febuary 2009, Davis Harbour to Allens Cay Exumas

30 mile sail from Davis Marina, Eluthera to Allens Cay
Winds forcast at 060 at 20 knts
Seas at 5 ft

Should be a good sail on a broad reach.

Plan to leave at first Light so we can visually navigate the Highborne Cut

Sailed on a run in 20 to 25 knts, seas 6-8 ft. Entered via Ships Channel. Highborne Cut to rough with onshore winds against a strong current.

Monday 9th Febuary, 2009 Rock Sound to Davis Marina

Winds out of the East North East at around 20 knts
Short day sail to marina to fuel up, water and laundry prior to leaving for the Exumas. hopefully on Wednesday.

Longer than expected stay in Rock Sound. Pinned down with 10 days of winds upto 40 knts.

Sunday, February 1, 2009

Thursday 28th Janruary 2009 Governors Harbor to Rock Sound

Another day of beating into the wind.

Sailed into Rock Sound to meet up with our good friends on Homeward Bound (Pat and Randy)

Plan to stay put, ride out a couple of cold fronts and watch the supperbowl. Gooooo! Steelers!

Free internet at market with shell service station. Cool!

Tuesday 27th January 2009 Mutton Fish Point to Governors Harbor Eleuthra

Full day sail, beating into the wind again. Spent 2 days in Governors Harbor. Pink Sand beachs and bone fishing!

Free internet in town at the realto office opposite the boat ramp

Monday 26th January Royal Island to Mutton Fish Point

Beat into Easterly winds at 15 to 20 knts
Interesting passage though the current cut (runs at around 4 knts!)
Sailed past the Glass Window and anchored off a delightfull beach at Mutton Fish Point

Monday, January 19, 2009

Sunday 25th January 2009 - Abaco (Cherokee Sound) to Eleuthra

Full days sail from southern Abaco to Royal Island.

Leave early morning plan to arrive afternoon.

Winds from the N - NE at 5 to 10 knts

The cruise down western shore of Eleuthra before heading West to the Exumas.
UPDATE: Anchored off Little Habor (bit rolly) and motor sailed across to Royal Island. Caught a Mutton Snapper and Mahi Mahi as we left the Little Habor Cut. Crossed with 4 other boats.

Thursday, January 15, 2009

Thursday 15 January 2009 Abaco's

Winds out of the North East.

Plan to stay around Man Of War Cay, Great Guana, Elbow Cay and Marsh Harbor area until Sunday.

Head south Monday. now Wednesday

Update: 2 Cold Fronts on there way. High winds forcast. Will stay anchored in Marsh Habor untill after the blow on Tuesday.

Thursday, January 8, 2009

Sunday, January 11, 2009 Lake Worth to Green Turtle Cay

Depart morning around 8:00am

Arrive Memory Rock, Bahamas, around sunset

Over night across Little Bahama Bank

Monday, Day trip to Green Turtle Cay to Check in

Great passage. motored, motor sailed and sailed for 26 hrs. Checked in at Green Turtle Kay at 11:00am. Full moon lite the way across the Little Bahama Bank. Gulf Stream very calm.

Friday, January 9th, 2009 - Vero Beach to Lake Worth

Depart Vero late afternoon.
Anchor out at Fort Pierce overnight
No wind, motor down ICW to Lake Worth
Arrive Ft. Pierce late afternoon, anchor Causeway Is.