Sunday, February 13, 2011

Today's passage to St. Barths was FAST! I motor sailed the first part until Brimstone Hill and then put a bit over 3 reefs in the mainsail and 1 reef in the genoa and almost never went below 8 knots for the whole trip. The waves were still high and I was sailing into both wind and waves, but the spray that I was taking didn't bother as the ride was exhilarating. When I finally made it Gustavia I saw that even the anchored catamarans were rocking and rolling in the swell so I continued on to Colombier and grabbed a mooring (the ball was broken, but someone came by and help me hook it - I had tried from the boat and couldn't grab it with my boat hook with 2 attempts.

It took me a long time to get the dinghy in the water, I tried a new method using the windlass and it wasn't as successful as I'd hoped. But after over an hour and exhausted I got the dinghy into the water and the outboard installed and running - tomorrow morning I'm going to use the dinghy to go into Gustavia and clear into St. Barths instead of motoring there with the mother ship.

Fish traps in St. Kitts My nemesis - those pesky and commoon fish trap floats that seem to have only one goal in life - namely to wrap around an unwary boat's rudder, keel or prop shaft.
[17°22'32.54"N 62°52'25.72"W (facing E)]
Fish traps in St. Kitts
Brimstone Fortress from below Brimstone Fortress from below
[17°20'34.5"N 62°50'42.44"W (facing NE)]
Brimstone Fortress from below
Sailing around St. Kitts Sailing around St. Kitts
Sailing around St. Kitts
Brimstone Fortress from below Brimstone Fortress from below
[17°20'18.49"N 62°50'30"W (facing NE)]
Brimstone Fortress from below

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