March 30-April 11, 2015
We clear out and depart the BVI for Antigua. A few lumps and bumps but generally a good crossing considering the relentless trades. Funny how after a while you become accustom to the bigger seas. Where we used to wait for 10-15kts and 2-3' seas hoping to see nothing over 4-5' we now move on 15-20kts and 4-6' hoping to see nothing over 5-7' otherwise we would still be in Puerto Rico. Depending on the direction and period we often find ourselves saying “this isn't too bad, at least we can still move about the boat”.
Unfortunately on the way over I killed the water maker. It was starting to act up but when I accidentally left a valve in the wrong position while tinkering it overheated and ruined the membrane. Good reason John on Seamantha has this valve tie wrapped in the correct position.
We arrive in Falmouth Harbour Antigua where we meet up with Bill & Ann, “Ann Louise”, Richard & Lavinia on “Partners” and Dave & Trudy on “Persephone”. Lot's to do here and a good base from which to explore Antigua. The locals are very friendly, there is good hiking and again good restaurants, bars, shopping and provisioning.
We spend a few days on a mooring behind the reef near Green Island. Wow, only the reef protecting us from thousands of miles of open ocean. It blows 15-20 gusting 25 and there is just a light chop in the anchorage and what a view! Now back in Falmouth, getting ready for the next move. Once again we call Chris Parker to confirm that Monday or Tuesday next make sense. Weather is forecast to be pretty steady 17-18 gusting 20-22kts, seas 4-6 feet. Higher wind and seas near the island headlands and lower wind and seas in the lee of Guadaloupe and Dominica. We will prepare for the worst and hope for the best. Planning for Monday 13th departure, arriving in Martinique Tuesday ahead of Wednesday's “squally” activity resulting from a tropical wave to the south of us.
|The wind is blowing 15-20kts G25, behind the reef we are almost flat calm!|