• Gust of Wind

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

    Catana 62 performance catamaran
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The Rain Forests in Gaudeloupe

m DSC 0049After a few days in Deshaies waiting out a storm at sea with high waves, we took a walk over the mountain and along the coast. Long Sandy Beaches lined with coconut palms. Just what you would imagine of the Caribbean.

The following day, we hired a car for a squint through the interior. In particular we wanted to see the rainforest. First we did a canopy swing walk. Now, for someone afraid of heights, that was quite a feat. Some places almost 30m up and still midway up the trees in the canopy.

From there it was the rainforest. It was an absolute highlight with dense vegetation and orchids, ferns etc living high uo on the branches. I did find out why it is called a rainforest though. mud.... We slipped and slided the whole trail. Looking down more than up.

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Arriving Guadeloupe

We are now in Guadeloupe. That’s French……. We don’t have a French Flag to fly on the mast as required by international law because according to Sam, the French pissed me off and I told him to throw away the flag. Having said that it’s a cool spot. It’s called Pointe a  Pieitre. My French is improving. I can say a few words……pronunciation may not be perfect. I can understand a few words too……I can’t repeat all of them (Some I’ve forgotten, others I can’t repeat……here)

Spent a few days in Isle Des Saintes (told you my French was improving)  Stunning group of islands and had some great diving. Quant little town. Romantic restaurants. Just would have been better if I had more romantic company than Graham and Sam…….

Got our bit of history after a brisk walk. The fort from sometime.....apparently the French were fighting the English.

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Dominque and the Devastating Effects of Hurricane Maria

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.

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The Arc 2017

During the Arc, we had little comms so we blogged only on the ARC site and neglected the web. This is an attempt to catch up on the race:

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Another day spent in the blue desert….

It sounds strenuous but every day is different out here, from the weather conditions to the occasional fauna, day after day the ocean has something special to offer.
We have been stuck in a doldrum for about 5 days now but today Poseidon decided that it was time for us to move on and granted us a beautiful 10/15 knots with beautiful sea conditions. We jumped on the occasion, trimmed our big blue kite and here we go again, cruising to our average 9 to 10 knots.
From the rare (or almost non-existent) knock on our fishing rod, another chafing line or the wind getting weaker or stronger, your feelings and emotions are variables of this blue infinite environment. Our compulsory 3 hours every night under this deep and vast set of millions of stars gives us plenty of time to reflect on our day and realise how lucky and blessed we are to just be here.

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Martinique

Having arrived in Martinique on the 3rd Jaunary, we have 2 weeks before Graham flies in to join the boat for 7 weeks. We decided to spend a week in Marin, the centre of the yachting services to attend to the various jobs on the boat mostly damage sustained through the transatlantic storm we went through. Our tasks completed so far...

  • Replaced Windex
  • Replaced Tricolor and anchor light
  • Replaced waterpump
  • Repaired electrical faults in aft cabin,
  • Installed drain holes in tha hull to address the ingress of rainwater
  • Repaired torn sailbag

Had enough of repairs and needed to get sailing again so late Thursday set off for Anse d Arlett. On the way passing Diamond Rock at Sunset.

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