Many people imagine the
The point of this digression, is to explain the importance of picking the right windows! While some of these passages might just be possible, its definitely not fun!! People and boats get broken and wrecked. More to the point, I have no desire to become yet another lonely old male single hander! Cruising is supposed to be FUN, and therefore Mary must enjoy it and not just tolerate the lifestyle!
About 3 or 4 times a month, a brief window of opportunity presents itself, with winds dropping to the 14-20kn range from the East or ENE. These windows are often triggered by the cold fronts that move eastwards from
Tuesday 28th was “GO” day. It was also a public holiday, and the single official on duty had to deal with plenty of yachties, all with urgent clearance needs! We escaped by and headed for Bequia, some 35miles north. The weather was spot on, and we enjoyed a fast romp to Bequia, arriving at 17.30 with a Barracuda in the fridge.
We left Bequia at the next morning, and got into the lee of
We were happy to reach the Pitons at 15.30, in good time, only to find that all the mooring buoys were taken. As anchoring is not permitted there, we had no option but to push on for the next 20 miles up to
As we passed her bow, still hard on the wind (on a starboard tack), we were again confronted by yet another Clueless Bareboat Charter Cat, bearing down on us, sailing with full genoa, and nobody on watch to see around it, instead, all eyes ogling the QM 2! At 200m, we were still on a collision course. We had our crash tack plan in reserve, but this time I decided to give them a full blast of the air horn. Heads popped up like meerkats, but they still did not know what to do! In the process of Horn blowing, I kicked my big toe a “hellse skoot” on a block, and was busy screaming about Blue Frogs!! Thank goodness for Mary’s Very Expressive Bitch Wings and her life long urge to be a Traffic Controller….. She indicated in no uncertain manner, exactly where they should go!
Like good little meerkats , they listened!!