Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Premier Sailing Day: St. Lucia to Martinique

Sailing toward Martinique in the not-too-far distance
 It really doesn’t get much better than this. After filling our water tanks at the marina (at 10 cents/gallon and 150 gallons, the bill wasn’t too bad), we hoisted the sails, turned off the engine, and headed out of Rodney Bay about 9 am.  Winds were 10-15 knots from the east, sometimes a bit lighter. The seas were practically non-existent, maybe a couple of feet with some three-foot swells in the wavy area off of northwest St. Lucia. It was clear with puffy clouds, and you could see Martinique as soon as we rounded Pigeon Island. Our speed varied from less than three to nearly seven knots. We didn’t turn the motor back on until we were coming into St. Anne, Martinique, about 2:30 pm. It was as close to perfect sailing as it gets!
Anchoring just south of the village of St. Anne
P.S. This actually occurred on April 3rd, so I’m a little behind here.

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