Life & Travels Afloat in our Moody
Yesterday was the challenge. Thanks to our friends, the departure from Rodney Bay, St Lucia was so much easier than expected. Rod from Charlotta tied his dinghy ‘Collapso’ alongside, and with help from Charles (Webster), we were towed out to the bay. They were both on Rally Portugal and the ARC, and it was sad to say goodbye. However we expect to see them again later in the year. Thank you so much guys, it was really appreciated.
The sail over to Martinique was a cracking one, taking not much over 3 hours. A surprise was passing John and Joyce on Starblazer (another Portugal boat) coming the opposite direction. As they are about to head for Panama on the World ARC Rally, I suspect we might not see them again for quite a time.
Anyway, we got to the Marin Bay, and beat up to the town, successfully dodging the reefs and some maddening charter boats that were blissfully ignorant of the marine rules of the road. Short tacking in narrow channels between lumps of mother earth is hard enough without mobile hazards being added on. It was a brillian
t bit of teamwork, even if we say it ourselves! We even managed to anchor under sail in the exact spot that we were at on Avanti a few days ago.
It’s great when a plan works out.
Impressive. I take it “anchor under sail” doesn’t result in a battle between an immovable object and an irresistible force.
Fortunately the term was not too literal, but meant we anchored whilst manoeuvring with sails only. I sort of forgot to mention the boats attempt to rape a cat by starting to sail upwind again before I could furl the sail. The couple on board said catamaran were very understanding, and started their engines to power forward in record time! Suitable grovelling apologies made 😦