Sat 20 Mar 2010 22:19
We don't often write about the sailing, but we actually had a sailing plan work! (Nearly)
Left Bequia at 07.15, the wind neatly turning us around from the mooring buoy to face out of the bay. We planned to motor upwind around the northern tip for an hour or so, to be able to sail south for the remainder. The sea was going to be rough for the first section with tide and current as well as the wind against us. (Unfortunately the best time to leave, with the tide with us, was in the middle of the night.)
We rounded the headland and pur the sailing part of the plan into action, only to find we went backwards at 0.2 knots so now we thought the plan (Murray's) might be awry. Motoring for another 30 minutes, the speed picked up as the current died off and we were then able to sail with 2 reefs in the main and half the genoa rolled out, at up to 5.2 knots to within 0.5 miles of the destination, the beautiful island of Mustique. So Caroline said a big 'well done' to Murray for the plan, especially as we saw other boats struggling to make headway, having used the alternative of rounding the south end of Bequia.
This island is georgous - the photos don't do it justice