Life & Travels Afloat in our Moody
The last 4 days had been strong winds (Force 6/7 mainly), and big waves/swell (often 4-6m high), both from behind. This gets very wearing, and when at last the low cloud lifted and St Lucia came into view, the weather had one last fling. 5nm from the tip if land, a squall hit us with real ferocity. Torrential rain with winds gusting up to 48kn (55mph/88kph) gave us conditions beyond the autopilot(s) and we entered a fast rollercoaster ride for a while until it cleared. Fortunately we had only the (full) headsail out, so it was controllable.
Rounding the headland and Pigeon Island, the finish came into sight. We had been warned it would probably be a beat to the line, but we just pinched it on a close reach. However the wind got up, and we found ourselves tearing across the bay, barely in control with the guardrails (!) under water at times. The exhalation was witnessed by a professional photographer some of whose photos are shown.
Our entrance was witnessed, and we were amazed to get a radio call from friends who we had parted with in Portugal at the end of June. They were at anchor in the bay, but Jonathan & Karen (Farfeleu) and Ken & Wendy (Unleashed) were at the pontoon by the time we had tied up, and gave us a great welcome. By the evening, our supper group had grown to include some more ‘Rally Portugal’ teams, John & Joyce (Starblazer), Gary & crew (Arcarius), and Charles & crew (Webster). It was a brilliant evening even if we did start to fall asleep as the energy failed. Having been on UK time throughout, the 4 hour time difference finally hit home.