Rodney Bay, St Lucia to Marin, Martinique, French West Indies (FWI)
Bootlegger of Mann Log
Date 13 02 10
Rodney Bay, St Lucia to Marin, Martinique (25nm )
Caribbean Weather: Fine and sunny. Wind: E 15 - 19kts
Crew: FN / KB / MH
08.30: 14:04.46N 60:57W Slipped marina pontoon berth and headed around
to fuel dock where we filled up tank with 29.5 gallons of diesel before
heading out through the cut into Rodney Bay and on into the open sea.
CSE: 38 degrees T.
It had been my intention to sail straight for Le Saintes ( Guadeloupe islands)
a distance of some 115 nm whichI anticipated reaching around 06:00 hrs on
Sunday morning after a day and night sail. On hearing that Guadeloupe and
Antigua have been covered in volcanic dust from the currently active Montserrat
volcano I have decided to revise the sail plan and instead initially head over to the
French port of Marin in Martinique to establish just what the current situation is.
Had a nice sail over, close reached with all sail out. SOG averaged 7.0kts
13:30 F.W.E. 14:28.N 60:52.16W. Marin anchorage. It is our hope that we
can get a berth in the marina but will not know from Marina until after 16.30hrs
16:30 Moved into marina berth.
Went off to clear boat in with customs and immigration only to find office only
open between 07:00 – 12:30 hrs.
The boys went off to do some shopping.
Learned that volcanic dust cloud was now moving NW from Monserrat away from
our route to Guadeloupe and Antigua. Apparently boats have been covered in ash in Jolly Harbour, Antigua, our ultimate destination.
After connecting electric shore supply and water, I washed down deck, hull, ports
and brightwork to remove sea water salt.
21:30 After sundowners we went for a second sitting meal at the nearby old favourite –
the Ta Togues French restaurant where the food is excellent in quality and presentation.
Found the same friendly staff there including ‘Rene’ – our waiter for the evening
who I always seem to get and who always reminds me of the Allo Allo star as
15:30 Battery reading: 22.4v.
Engine: 1.5 hrs Generator: