Friday, February 24, 2017

Dominica to Iles des Saintes

Yesterday's  easy 4 hour sail out over open water in light easterly winds of 10 knots allowed me to reach along at a good 5 knots in calm conditions. The weather forecast actually had a southern component to it so I was hoping to be able to use a spinnaker, but it only appeared as I was approaching Le Saintes. I didn't go ashore when I got here, because I was a little tired from all the sun and also from the fact that when I backed down on my anchor the first time it did not hold so I had to anchor again. Now we are talking 40 feet of water, a manual windlass and a 45lb anchor (20kg) with all chain rode. Phew! Because it was late in the day, all of the moorings had been taken up except for the ones on the other side of the harbor and I was headed there when a boat in a good anchoring position on the south side, decided to up and leave so I grabbed it.

It looks like a pretty little town, with all red roofs and a church with a giant cross. There is a fort here that I hope to hike to for exercise. I never sleep as well at night when I spend the entire day on the boat compared to when I get off and do some walking.

I have to launch my dinghy and head the half mile to town to clear in. It costs just 4 Euros and takes 5 minutes to enter your details on a computer at a boulangerie next to the wharf.

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