Wednesday, 27 November 2013

Some Mornings Go Quite Different than Anticipated...


We went ashore to clear out of Martinique... 
the book said they opened at 0900...
When we arrived at 08:45, there was already a Cruiser Clearing out...
Next was 2 charter people...
1/2 an hour later I look at the form that we cleared in with 
and found I had already pre-cleared out for the exact day - over an hour ashore unnecessarily
 C'est la vie!

Back at Our Rose, it started to rain...
Up anchor, rain stops...
Forecast - 15 - 20 knots - screecher up and ready...
Very Excited about using Screecher again...

Start unfurling screecher, 3/4 there then...
"go downwind Jen, quickly"...
BANG! - broken halyard - this time our fault!  
(Yesterday when we set up the Screecher we were not thinking straight & had used the Spinniker Halyard by mistake)...
Complete Screecher now in water...
Half an hour (or more) later screecher back onboard, all lines tidied...

OK, here we go...
Next a "large" boat is coming straight at us...
We radio 
"This is Sailing Catamaran Our Rose, Our Rose, Our Rose, 
Vessel coming straight toward us, please identify"
We get a French message - No idea what they are saying...
They come within 10 feet of the back of the boat, it is now 30 - 35 knots
(what happened to 15 - 20 knots???)
They are all armed... Holy Shi*
It appears to be "Coastguard" - who are we?
We point to our flag - we point to our name "Our Rose"
They come so close to us - seas are interesting...
Finally give to A OK sign are head off

I am shaking that much, the only photo I got was them leaving...

We end up having a lovely sail to Dominica (though we were heading to Isle de Saintes)

When we were just getting close to our anchorage, this gorgeous vessel came in sight...


We kept the "quarantine" flag up and overnighted at Dominica.

Next morning, we headed to Isle de Saintes...
Forecast 25 - 30 knots

After yesterdays experience, we decided to double reef the main and jib...
Good Choice - ended up being 40 or so knots

GREAT sail to Isle de Saintes
"Life is Wonderful"

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