St Lucia to Bonaire
452 nautical miles and apart from some very slow daytime sailing it was as close to a perfect sail as possible. The nighttime sailing was truly beautiful, about 1 knot of current with steady winds giving downwind of 6-7knots. The tradewind clouds perfectly showing up as little black smudges across the starry night sky, with no moon.
Our first problem was a cargo ship that appeared and was heading on a converging course with us at 13.2 knots. With our courses set up to end in collision and as we were sailing and they were travelling at a much greater speed, we radioed them. They failed to answer and by then at just over 1 mile apart our only choice was an emergency gybe out of their way. A rope slipped as the main went across and Murray thought he had broken a wrist as his reflex was to try to hold it. So Murray is now in a wrist brace and the genoa pole decides to fall off while he is standing under it. Murray now has a bloody head to go with his injured wrist.
We sailed past the beautiful Las
Rocas islands; pretty well no-one visits Venezuela anymore,
armoured cars are needed, violent crime including piracy is
common. Venezuela has now closed its borders to the ABC islands
as well as Columbia. So onwards we sailed to Bonaire, to find it
was full. After 4 hours of faffing about we gave up and left.
Not only was every marina (though currently half empty) fully
booked, every buoy was taken and no-one was leaving.