Thursday, January 14, 2016


Good sail down in reasonably calm seas.

But had a nasty surprise when I checked the weather, we have a VERY early hurricane.

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

St Lucia to St Vincent maybe Bequia on the 14th

I had a good sail down from Martinique today even contemplated flying the spi at one point but as we were soon doing mid 8s I saw sense and settled down to enjoy the sail. The conditions look good for tomorrow so I will carry on to St Vincent or maybe even all the way to Bequia.

Tuesday, January 12, 2016


Should be a gentle sail down tomorrow.

Lots of pics on happenings in Martinique when I get some good wifi.

Friday, January 1, 2016


Up till the fireworks announced New Year I was liming with some locals and a the French couple from the boat that was damaged on Christmas day. I had offered them space on Elephants Child but they have relatives ashore and are busy fixing the damage to their boat with the help of a local boat repair company. However it is not long after midnight and I get to my bunk.


Dizzy woke me up chasing something really noisy around the deck. Reluctantly I get up but can't see what it is. 5 minutes later he passes my cabin in hot pursuit of a large hazelnut. I confiscate the noisy nut and go back to bed forgetting that there is a large supply of said nuts on the cockpit table in the basket holding my mini Christmas tree.

A few minutes later and he is rolling another one around the salon floor.

I confiscate that one and throw a towel over the basket.

I need my restorative sleep as I am still feeling the after effects of the Christmas morning shenanigans even though the two visits to the chiropractor /masseur have helped a fair bit.


Usually I see these big guys flying around and always admire their skill at keeping these ridiculously over canvassed and under ballasted canoes upright.

But I saw today the smaller version for the first times and it looked like we had a bunch of teenagers hooning through the anchorage, whooping hollering and clearly having a great time.


After a flood of 'securite' calls on the VHF announcing the departure I was expecting something really monstrous still it is bigger than the average boat and I suppose worthy of the escort from the same marine police boat I am so familiar with.