Rocket launch

Stephen Bassett
Sun 23 Mar 2014 21:34
Location: Kourou, French Guiana – Sat pm.
Was our hustle yesterday worth it? Well, we certainly heard the rocket take off about 6pm (local). The air changed and then the noise of the rocket engines could be heard over the local hubbub and music. I was standing in the cockpit and the air was throbbing. It was an intense feeling almost like hailstones. Every thing was thrumming – me, trees, boat, water. This was followed by an increase in the noise which then changed to a roar. And then it was off. Well, at least that is what it sounded like as the sky was very overcast and there was nothing to be seen.
Later we discovered that we are about 2.5 miles from the Ariane Space Center. But the islands we were chased away from are further away!! Anyway, I guess that is the closest we are likely to get to a space launch. I wonder where it was going perhaps launching yet another communications satellite. Our French neighbour on IRMA went to watch it.
On board, since arriving, we have had a very restful time. Did a few jobs around the boat. It is so peaceful (rocket launches notwithstanding). We plan to have another day (maybe two) of very little activity tomorrow. Stephen is resting as the back/leg are not easing up at all. He needs more rest before we set off for Trinidad, that’s for sure. Time to check the anchor – more news tomorrow.