• Gust of Wind

    The adventures of the sailing yacht Gust of Wind
  • Gust of Wind

  • Gust of Wind

    Catana 62 performance catamaran
  • Gust of Wind

  • Gust of Wind

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m 20180120 172555Our first introduction to Dominica was through the Pilot book that described the people of Dominica in not such encouraging tone describing harassment to yachties and warned of thefts off boats. We decided to stop here nevertheless and anchored in Prince Rupert Bay after a 60 mile sail in winds that gusted to 30 knots. Saw a pod of very large Dolphins and a pilot whale close by the boat.

Our experience to the Island was very different to that described to us. The people, despite being impoverished and dealt a devastating “blow” by Hurrican Maria were all welcoming and friendly. We waled around the bay and witnessed the effects of the hurricane. The trees were mostly leafless with branches brocken in some cases and in many uprooted entirely. Few houses survived without severe damage and many blown away in their entirety, leaving only particularly heavy pieces such as the toilets and pool table (made of marble). Electricity lines still lay tangled on the roads, so these folk were obviously powerless for some time.  I refrained from taking pictures of people misery but borrowed this one to demonstrate the effects of the hurricane.

That night we went to the only operating bar and restaurant “Madibas” with a large picture proudly hanging on the wall together with several SA flags donated by visiting yachties.

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