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Bye Bye Pitons, hello SVG

Today we sail. Been slacking on the updates, too many beers and heated games of dominos.

So we stayed an extra day in Rodney Bay, that gave Christine time to hit the Island Water World, for some boat parts. Our boat brush had sprouted legs and walked off on its own, so she picked me up another to keep the boat clean. This time I marked the boat’s name on on it. That last one only lasted 4 months before it jumped ship.

We went to El Rey for dinner, the place I tried last time, fresh dorado and baked chicken was yummy, and about 1/2 the price of the marina restaurants.

Out of the marina, monday morning without incident, it is almost like we have done this before. Motored down the lee of St Lucia to the Pitons, Christine and Wayne swung into Souferier and I took the dingy to clear custom as they went to grab a mooring ball between the pitons. I prayed the dingy would run that 2 miles. It did without too much trouble. I did die when i was 50 yards from the mother ship, but it started right back up with a quick jerk on the starting rope. No rowing was needed.

Got back from customs, tried to wash my hands to make lunch, but there was no water in the sink. Turns out we had sprung a leak in the fresh water hose on the port side. Filled that bilge with 40 gallons of water. Pulled the stuff out to dry and time to chase down the leak. Turned out to be the same hose that busted last time, cut another 6 inches off and it is as good as new, but we will need to replace the entire hose next trip.

I got up early, 6am island time, and by 7am we were off the ball, Christine and I raised the sails and headed out. Motor sailing and making water to fill the bilge up again. The port tank feeds the sink and the port side of the boat, so we need water over there.

Little to no wind at those early hours, but once we cleared St Lucia, we sailed without the engines, ran the water maker, and still made 8 knots. When we get in the lee of St vincent we will probably have to start the engines . Todays’s trip is 55 miles, 38 more to go as I type this.

We are heading to admiralty bay to clear in to the Grenadines, maybe to have a beer with some Austin folks whom are staying on the island this week as well.


Pitons at the Pitons

Always an enjoyable sail/trip from Rodney Bay to the Pitons. We were able to pull out the jib while we motored (not much wind to truly “sail”), but the seas are blue, the sky is clear, and the turtles are humping! Yes, while swimming, we saw two happy turtles getting it on. After a short trip, less than 4 hours, a missed catch (or involuntary catch and release), we dropped Matt off at Soufferie to clear us out of customs while Wayne and I moved the boat to the bay between the Pitons. We captured a ball with no trouble (and lots to select from compared to last December when they were adding balls to accommodate the crowds). We had hoped to catch the fruit/veggie boat boy and much to our delight he arrived moments after we arrived. We purchased 3 smallish island avocados the size of oranges (normally they are the size of cantaloupes) and a papaya.

Matt returned as Wayne napped and I sunbathed on the bow engrossed in a new novel. Life is so different in the spring (off season) than the winter (in season), as there are moorings available, fewer boat boys, fewer boats, and fewer travelers. So nice! We were actually productive and completed many projects today as well–repaired the port high pressure line that had sprung a leak, completed our boat files, hung some photos, cleaned up our MOB floatation device, added the new MOB light, replaced boat parts that grew legs and walked away while we were gone, and removed some extra snaps from the window coverings. Of course this was in between beers, shandy’s and vodka drinks.

After sunset, Matt made an amazing pork chop dinner, with salad and garlic mashers (see photo below) and the boys kicked my butt in gin rummy! Tomorrow we have a long sail from the Pitons to Admiralty Bay, Bequia which should take anywhere from 8-10 hours. We hope to get up at dawn to get there in time to clear in to the country and have dinner with two of our Austin friends who are renting a house there for the week (Heather Newby and Michael Landry)!! if we miss them, we will catch them at the Tobago Keys!!