Caribbean Cruising

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Les Saintes - Anse Defideling

March 14, 2012

We set sail at 0630hrs.  We motor sailed around the headland and then favourable winds dragged us away from Martinique.  Our top speed was 8.6 knots but we maintained an average of just under 7 knots.  Half way up Dominica we saw whales and captured them on camera.  We decided to push on to Guadeloupe with an option of diverting to Les Saintes which would be 2 hours shorter.  Near the top end of Dominica we had Katabatic winds that made us broach and our dodger came half off.  Once clear of the land we maintained high end of 7 knots and soon arrived at Anse Defideling which is a small cul-de-sac of an anchorage which is a bit swelly.  Christina Pearl caught up with us and anchored opposite us on the other side of the bay.

It was the worst anchorage to date with more rolling than a roller coaster ride.  At 0230hrs the next morning we said “enough” got up and prepared the boat for a night sail.  We were sailing off by 0300hrs.

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