This morning we sailed from Portmouth in Dominica to the island of Terre de Haut in Les Saintes, Guadeloupe. We logged 25nm in 4.75hours. We're now all cleared-in and enjoying a quiet afternoon under an overcast sky.
We departed Portsmouth at 0630 in almost calm conditions. Once we cleared Prince Rupert Bay we found a nice NE breeze. There was a large area of very grey cloud to windward, in a line N-S between Guadeloupe and Dominica. We sailed along its leeward side, enjoying the nice NE breeze it created. Here are the usual plots...
|Zen Again Track|
|Heading versus Course Over Ground - 30 degree difference|
The wind varied from 15 to 25 knots and we set between one reef with one furl to two reefs with three furls. We were very close to close-hauled, what I'd call "full & bye". Just cracked off a touch to keep the boat powering through the waves. We kept up a pretty good speed...
|Zen Again Speed over Ground|
Overall it was a great sail. A bit grey overhead but it was fun to keep the boat tramping along to windward in varying conditions.
|Cloud bank over N of Dominca on departure|
|Cracking sail towards Les Saintes|
|Approaching Grosse Pointe and Roche Percees|
|Pedestrian Mall Shops|
|The "White Ship" House|
Last night we had a sundowner aboard with Pieter and Monique of Dutch sv Deesse, and Pieter's visiting sister Mika. It was great to spend some time with them after speaking on the radio so often.