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.