Tortola or Bust! (Caribbean 1500)

N 20° 19' W 64° 56'

Tropical Breezes

November 10, 2009

Now this is what the Tropics are supposed to be like! Bright blue sea, clear sky, 10-15 knot breeze. First time in days we’ve been able to open the ports and air out the boat. The swells are still there, but they’re smaller and lazy. The only fly in the ointment was a weather report that put a big calm between us and Tortola, followed by 10 knot southerlies — not at all conducive to a quick run in sans engine.

So Jim and Pete decided to have another go at our diesel — valiant, since Jim had already consumed about half the Atlantic trying to get the water out of the engine in round one. The good news was that the engine could be hand cranked, so no bent rods. And within an hour or so, they kicked it over and bingo!, the auxiliary was back on line, charging the batteries and getting us down the track for an early AM arrival tomorrow.

Around 1430, John was relaxing on the fantail when we realized we had another fish. And not just any fish. This was another Wahoo, but “sporty” wouldn’t do for this guy. Rather he fought like he planned to drag the whole vessel back to Bermuda. He didn’t win, but was greatly admired by all for his fighting spirit.

So, tonight, fish for dinner. Then, one more round of night watches. And then, if all goes well, an early morning landfall.

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ecm56 November 11, 2009 at 02:50 PM

The tracker showed your position at 0949 to be right on top of the Kingfish Banks. You all are out of the North Drop and in the shallow waters of the islands now. Should be seeing the North shore of Tortola real soon!

ecm56 November 11, 2009 at 05:45 PM

Tracker shows you all at the dock at Nanny Cay.

ecm56 November 12, 2009 at 04:03 AM


Your audience is anxiously anticipating an update from the BVI . . .


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