Rodney Bay, St. Lucia to Le Marin, Martinique

19th February 2019

We set off shortly after noon, with Hector sound asleep. By 15 minutes into the passage both of the older kids had crashed out, too! I don’t know if they were feeling a little seasick after we had been in a calm anchorage for a couple of weeks (there was a fair swell, so it’s entirely possible) or just needed the sleep. They’re both getting by on about 8 hours a night at present, which isn’t enough – but they wont go to bed any earlier, and both wake at dawn. Anyway, the passage…

We were hand-steering as getting hold of an autopilot belt is proving difficult. And we decided, as we were at the helm in any case, to fly a little more sail than usual in the hope of a bit of extra speed, which proved lots of fun. We had about 20 knots on average, gusting to 27 – 1 reef in the main and 1 in the jib most of the way was plenty. Probably because we were enjoying the speed so much, we didn’t sail close enough to the wind and ended up with about 2 miles more motoring-into-the-wind than we would have liked as we approached Le Marin.

Much to Arthur’s disappointment our fishing record remains terrible. He wanted a mahi mahi (he’d spoken to someone at the dinghy dock who had caught one recently), so had asked another cruiser in the chandlery to recommend a suitable lure. We trolled it the whole way, with no success. I suspect we’ll need to be more active to actually catch anything – but there’s not much chance of that while we are hand-steering!!

So, a good sail, but no fish ☹. No photos either!

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