Working our Way South
Chris and Penny Manley
Mon 6 May 2013 14:48
We ended up staying in English harbour for 5 nights waiting for the weather to improve so we could move to a bay. This didn’t happen so we left Antigua on Tuesday 23rd April to begin the journey back south to Grenada. We plan to go more slowly than the journey up.
Fist stop was Antigua to the top of Guadeloupe. The wind was its normal force 4-5 from the east so we had a lively sail across the open sea. As we arrived at the top of the island the heavens opened, but we had seen it coming so did have our wet weather gear on.
We spent the night in Deshaies – very windy and noisy, so left the next morning for the Saints. The sail down Guadeloupe was similar to coming north, lots of wind, no wind and wind from completely different directions. When we arrived in Terre de Haut we were accompanied by some dolphins as we tied up to a buoy. There are about 4 dolphins that seem to live in the bay – they spend their time wandering lazily around inspecting boats meeting new comers and generally causing much entertainment.
We spent 3 days in Terre de Haut, relaxing, going for walks and swimming.
We left Terre de Haut on Saturday 29th April and had a lovely sail to Porstmouth, Dominica. The winds were light (force 3-4) so we had full sails. When we hoisted the sail we saw that we had a split in the main sail but it didn’t get any bigger as we sailed along.
We picked up a buoy in Portsmouth with the help of Albert and have arranged a tour of the Indian River with him on Monday morning.
We were in Antigua when the Classic Yacht regatta was on. The last day was a parade through English Harbour of all the classic boats.
Beach at the end of the runway, Terre de Haut.
The anchorage Terre de Haut
Terre de Haut look out point above the town.