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Now THAT is Why We Go Sailing

Current Location: Rodney Bay, St Lucia
Current Position: 14 5.4 N 060 57.74 W Click to view map.
Distance sailed since last post: 23 nautical miles. View the map of our voyage track here

On Wednesday we finally had our new forestay and furler fitted, and we managed to escape. Enough of boat maintenance for a while.

We had a wonderful sail across to St. Lucia. Beautiful blue sky. A pleasant force 4 wind on the port quarter. And we were joined by dozens of dolphins for at least an hour. There would be at least 10 swimming alongside us, weaving in and out of our bow wave. So cute. And there were dozens of other ones a bit off to windward. Never seen so many at one time.

We also had five fishing lines out, but seemed to be catching nothing but sargassum weed the entire time. You just finish cleaning one hook and you have to go to the next. Sometimes it fouls even as you are lettting the line out again. Still, the sky was blue and the sun was shining, so who cares?

And then just as we were arriving in the dark about about 7:30pm we caught a yellow fin tuna. We were just 10 minutes from arriving in the bay, so I started to bring in the lines. As I was pulling in the first line, Snap! the quick release on another line (the one with the killer lure on it) released. “Fish!” I yelled to Ceu, and it was all action. And that is why that lure is called the ‘killer’.

This fish was caught in the same area as the last few. It seems that just off Pigeon Island is a great place for fishing. We do have a photo, but it is on our phone, which I don’t have with me right now. And we left our camera charger back home, so we are rather limited on photos at the moment. Sorry about that.

It turns out that that fish was actually quite tough. Never knew that fish could be tough, so it wasn’t great as a steak – but it did make wonderful fish cakes. The remainder we will make into a fisherman’s pie or something like that.

And so now we are in St. Lucia again, just for a few days while we get some upholstery done. 

Then next Tuesday, or thereabouts, we will head off for Gaudeloupe, which we have not yet visited. Proper cruising, finally 🙂

One Response to “Now THAT is Why We Go Sailing”

  • Marlene Boehm:

    Always interesting reading your blogs. It is still very wintery here in Kelowna. Rain last night in town but snow in the higher elevations (not that high either) Lots and lots of snow on the ski hills! Wishing I was in warmer temps these days though.
    Hugs, Marlene

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