– 1 April 2011
0710 departure, quelle horreur! We rigged the pole before
slipping and were able to set the genoa wing on wing with the main for almost
the whole trip. That and 20kts up the stern gave a wonderful run.
Caduceus was definitely a happy bunny even if the motion was rather rollier
than some of the troop would have liked.
We picked up a buoy off Charlestown, Nevis at 1400 having covered 47nm downwind at an average
speed of 7kts – a good sail.
The wind now blowing at 20-25kts and the mooring being some way from
the dinghy dock John and Elizabeth
stayed on board whilst Kate and I made a high speed and slightly wet dinghy
ride into town to clear. In customs we bumped into Rob and Sheila from
Let it Be and shared the frustration of being able to clear customs and pay
port dues but not immigration as they had knocked off for no known
reason. Probably “preparing” for an international triathlon
taking place the following day. It being Friday, any chance of finding
Immigration before Monday was unlikely so we resolved to give up and sort it
out in St Kitts.