Date 1800 – 10 March 2011
We had to wait until 0900
for the Tourist Information Office in St
Pierre to open as that is where the Customs computer
terminal is housed. Posting a birthday card was also a challenge as the Post
Office resembled Coggeshall Post Office on pension day with a queue out of the
door. The stamp machine would have been a short cut, it did everything except
issue stamps, including taking my money, I got my own back by indulging in
French Queuing, going straight to the front of the queue and pushing in. Is
this similar to French Kissing? Nobody seemed to object, very strange and definitely
part of the culture that we Brits do not understand.
All of this meant that by
the time we up anchored it was 1000 and with 55 miles to go we had to crack
on. For the first hour the visibility was excellent. To the south we could
clearly see Mount Grand Magazin on St Lucia
60nm away and as soon as we cleared the headland a wonderful cloud shrouded
view of the south of Dominica
30nm to the north.
Two hours later the wind
had risen to 25kts on the nose, visibility was down to less that 2nm and it was
lashing down with rain. By the time that we came abeam the south of Dominica
the rain gradually eased and with it the visibility lifted and wind dropped
entirely away. The engine running was good for the batteries!
We made Prince Rupert Bay
and the town of Portsmouth
at 1800 with enough time to find a good anchorage in 10m and enough swinging
room which was just as well as overnight we managed every direction, swinging by
stages through 360 degrees. Result however – we had a non-rolly night.
Culinary notes –
chicken stir fry.