Monday, December 28, 2009
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
New Starter Motor is installed and running. All is well
Saturday, December 19, 2009
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.
Wednesday, December 16, 2009
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
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
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
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
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
Tuesday, November 17, 2009
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
Thursday, October 29, 2009
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
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
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
Tuesday, August 4, 2009
Monday, July 13, 2009
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
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
Saturday, June 27, 2009
Wednesday, June 17, 2009
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
Wednesday, June 3, 2009
Friday, May 29, 2009
Tuesday, May 26, 2009
Thursday, May 21, 2009
Tuesday, May 19, 2009
Tuesday, May 12, 2009
Saturday, May 9, 2009
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
onroute discovered forward starboard engine mount bracket has broken. Sailed to Sun Bay.
Tuesday, April 7, 2009
Wednesday, April 1, 2009
Tuesday, March 31, 2009
Monday, March 30, 2009
Friday, March 20, 2009
Tuesday, March 17, 2009
Saturday, March 14, 2009
Wednesday, March 11, 2009
Monday, March 9, 2009
Saturday, February 28, 2009
Tuesday, February 17, 2009
Wind Forecast SE clocking S - SW - NW 10 to 15 kt
Monday, February 16, 2009
Sunday, February 8, 2009
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.
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
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!
Free internet in town at the realto office opposite the boat ramp
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
Thursday, January 15, 2009
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
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.
Anchor out at Fort Pierce overnight
No wind, motor down ICW to Lake Worth
Arrive Ft. Pierce late afternoon, anchor Causeway Is.