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.