Marin, Martinique, FWI to Rupert Bay, Dominica, (103 nm
Bootlegger of Mann Log
Date 14 02 10
Marin, Martinique, FWI to Rupert Bay, Dominica, (103 nm)
Caribbean skies and no significant Weather: Fine and sunny. Wind: E 17 - 22kts
Crew: FN / KB / MH
14:28.N 60:52.16W Marin Marina. Cleared Customs and Immigration
and paid for our marina berth at the Capitainerie. At Roger’s insistence
Kevin picked up a new toilet seat for the crew heads which, it appears,
has been broken for some time.
11:30 Slipped marina pontoon berth and departed down buoyed channel
to the open sea.
Motor sailed for 8.75 nm to Diamond Rock on a due west course,
13:30 Arrived Diamond Rock leaving it to Port.
After rounding south west tip of Martinique set a course of 350 degrees
which would take us up the west coast of Martinique and later Dominica.
Winds shifted to SSE so found ourselves on an unusual run up the coast in
a rough confused sea.
17:00 Cut engine after 6 hrs motor sailing. All sails out as winds back to SE
17kts; SOG 8.5 to 9kts
19:00 15:06.26N 61:25.21W Battery reading: 24.8v. Roger has retired to his
bunk for a sleep as the boat is closed down for night sailing. Radar and navigation
lights ( tri-light) are now on and chart plotter and other instrumentation
lights dimmed to aid night vision. CSE : 347 degrees. Kevin currently up on watch
with the requisite life jacket on and lifeline attached to the helmsman’s seat as I make
the log entries.
Approaching Rosseau, Dominica’s capital which is brightly lit.
20:00 Called up Rosseau bound ferry = ‘Silver Express’ coming up from
Marinique for a radar check. Confirmed he had us on his radar.
20:15 FN Watch. Wind instrument inoperative, so can only guess wind
speed which is in the East now and progressively dropping. Now down to a
S.O.G. of just 2.5 to 3kts.
21:45 13:20N 61:29W Sighted starboard light off port quarter; vessel also
showing on radar 2 miles to the SW of us. Also vessel showing 4.25 nm to the SE.
Assume these both to be the two yachts sighted several miles astern of us earlier
But who are now due to the light airs motor sailing and catching us up.
Plan is to go into Rupert Bay, Dominica and drop the anchor for a few hours.
Otherwise we will arrive at Le Saintes in darkness. They are not the easiest islands
22:00 15:20N 61:29W Wind dropped to nothing so put engine on. Put Kevin on
shake to relieve me on Watch. Reported to him the presence of the other two yachts.
Kevin has the con.
Snatched an hour and returned to cockpit. Set course for Portsmouth anchorage,
Rupert Bay, Dominica which will give us a restful night before setting off for
Le Saintes tomorrow morning.
01:00 15:34.82N 61:28W F.W.E. Portsmouth anchorage, Dominica. A lot of boats
in here. Was quite tricky weaving amongst them, many unlit, in the blackness of
the night. Would have been worse had it not been for ‘Annica’ a huge super yacht
which is lit up like a Christmas tree.
Battery reading: 25.6v.
Engine: 4.5 hrs Generator: Nil hours