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Still in Martinique

Current Location: Case Pilote, Martinique
Current Position: 14 38.48 N 061 8.41 W Click to view map.
Distance sailed since last post: 114 nautical miles. View the map of our voyage track here

Well, here we are still sitting in Martinique! Ceu has been to Canada and back to see the grandchildren. Now my sister, Mitzi, and her husband David are visiting for two weeks. And I have been busy doing some website programming. So not a lot of sailing going on. However, we did enjoy the big carnival here.

As for our crossing, the question everyone asks is ‘How was your crossing?’

As you can see from our daily satellite updates, there is not a lot to say about that either! The wind was steady trade winds the whole way. It started off with a good force 5, and gradually dropped to force 4 as we went west. We did motor twice: once for an hour to clear the wind shadow of Brava, right at the beginning. And then again for about 3 hours when the wind vanished about two thirds of the way along. Then it picked up again, we put up the spinnaker, and didn’t touch anything until we reached Barbados.

It is tough, this ocean crossing business. Roger and the Captain taking a well earned breather from all the hard work.

Roger contemplating his navel as Barbados comes into view. Oops, I mean sending a ‘Land ahoy!’ message to his friends by satellite.

But we did catch some fish, and just to make you all jealous, here are some pictures.

Two mahi mahi that didn’t get away.

Remember we said lots of blood? Here is one such picture. We did try using alcohol but the vodka didn’t work. When we switched to 55% Cape Verde grog – then we got results! No, really, it was the fish that got the grog, not us!

Sometimes we just caught sargassum grass.

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