It's funny, even though we're sad we've had to completely bypass some islands we were really looking forward to exploring (we'll catch them on our way up in December), the past couple of days have been amazing. I was ruminating about this fact with Scott when it dawned on me, "It's like a road trip!" I exclaimed as it finally hit me. "There is something so awesome about being on the open road and moving toward a destination. Sure, you skip cool towns, quirky diners and giant rubber-band balls...but on a road trip, so much of the thrill is in moving freely on an open road with the windows down and the music blasting." This is how I feel about the past few days. Despite passing up some magical places, we have been cruising the open ocean with the dodger down and music blasting. Early mornings and early nights. Meals underway and bottomless cups of coffee.
We've experienced epic sailing conditions: all sails set, seas flat and record boat speed (over 8 knots) and we've experienced not-so epic conditions: wind gusting 30+ knots, white-capped waves in the ten to twelve foot range, walls of water drenching the cockpit and everyone in it... The passage between Dominica and Martinique was so rough that Scott ordered Isla and I to stay down below (a first). We were also treated to a nice piece of humble pie when we pulled into Anse d'Arlet, Martinique where it took us forty minutes - I kid you not - forty minutes to find a spot to anchor. We were so tired, exhausted and brain fried from a 70 mile day that we ping ponged around the bay like total idiots much to the amusement of speedo clad Europeans who were all watching us from their cockpits as they sipped their sundowners. It was pretty embarrassing and Scott was ready to move on to the next anchorage just to save face. Cruising is good for that; keeping you in check. You're very liable to fall off any high horse you hop up on out here, often in front of oodles of people watching with binoculars. Good times.
Anyway...today's passage is rumored to be a little rough. We're sailing from the beautiful Marigot Bay, St. Lucia to Bequia. It's about sixty miles and the stretch of open water between St. Vincent and Bequia is famous for being a little unruly. Something about wave energy and shallow water. Anyway, we're on the home stretch of this road trip and it's been pretty great.
|Dominca, as viewed from the "open road"|
|Stays'l, Genoa and Main all pulling. Awesome.|
|A nice flat sail in the lee of St. Lucia, it is very rare that we are not in the cockpit underway, and even more rare that she is not in her harness.|
|Sunset in the beautiful Marigot Bay, St. Lucia|