This island was the first true Windward Island of our trip and so I was very much looking forward to seeing it!
The flag of St. Lucia depicting the Pitons!
After our rest and recuperation in Barbados our next destination was St. Lucia! We booked a marina place at the Marigot Bay Marina and Resort Hotel which is towards the south of St. Lucia and set off for an overnight passage!
The evening sky leaving Barbados and the first sighting of the famous Pitons!
The passage was faster than we thought it would be thanks to some very kind winds so we had to wait for a while before going in!
The Windward islands of the Caribbean stretch from Grenada in the south to Martinique in the north and are so called because, as Christopher Columbus found they were the more windward of the Caribbean islands as he sailed from Europe to discover the New World….!
….using the Trade Winds which blow predominantly from the East to the West, these winds and currents in the Atlantic allow the fastest route across the “The Pond” and are used by us modern day sailors as we follow in Columbus’s footsteps! Continue reading “Barbados!”→
9th February ~ Leaving La Gomera to set off across the Atlantic? Ocean!!
I would like to share with you our unique experience of crossing the Atlantic Ocean on board Musetta! Some people can only dream of sailing across an ocean but we have been fortunate enough to make that same dream become a reality…..!!
Day after day, mile after mile just us and the endless blue ocean and sunny skies – magic!
After the well documented problems we encountered on our return to Las Palmas in January which are now resolved we needed to be moving on!
Fitting the replacement radar dome and refuelling before our departure!
We left Gran Canaria at midday and made an overnight passage to San Sebastián de La Gomera! We encountered the same horrible seas outside the entrance to Las Palmas as we had on our way in, all those weeks ago and so we assumed that it must be ‘par’ for the course’ in that particular area!
We set off from Gran Tarajal in the late afternoon for the 80 mile passage to Las Palmas in fairly benign conditions, wind speed was between 12 to 13 knots and set the sails with the genoa poled out as the wind was well aft!
We left Musetta in Las Palmas marina while we flew home to England to spend Christmas with our family, something I was very much looking forward to having last seen them all in May!Continue reading “Christmas 2018”→
Buoyed up by our enjoyable visit to Lanzarote, we were looking forward to visiting Fuerteventura! Firstly though we had heard reports of a beautiful anchorage at Isla de Lobos at the northern tip of Fuerteventura and so we decided that we would make a night stop there at anchor before moving on to Gran Tarajal on the main island. Continue reading “Fuerteventura ~ Canary Islands!”→
We really enjoyed our time at anchor in the beautiful bay of Francesa at the island of La Graciosa, it was so peaceful and gave us the chance to recharge our internal batteries after several days at sea!
However, we needed to move on! Lanzarote was our next stopover and we thought that we would stay long enough to catch up on the chores and re provision. We were not looking forward to spending time on this island but we very quickly discovered that any preconceptions we had about Lanzarote were totally unfounded, we needed to spend more than a night stop here!!