Grenada quarantine

The sailing down to Grenada from Sainte Anne on Martinique will take about a 24 hours. According to the weather forecast for Thursday and Friday, we will get 15 knots of wind from the east, perfect for sailing with a course around 200 degrees. We pick up the anchor at seven in the morning and set sail in the moderate breeze. When we get out in St Lucia Strait the wind increases and there is long stretches of sargasso seaweed on the sea. Soon it’s time to try your luck fishing and maybe catch a Mahi-Mahi.

Seglingen ner till Grenada från Sainte Anne på Martinique kommer att ta ungefär 24 tim. Enligt väderprognosen för torsdag och fredag ska vi få 15 knops vind från ost, helt perfekt för segling med kurs kring 200 grader. Vi tar upp ankaret vid sju på morgonen och sätter segel i den friska brisen. När vi kommer ut i St Lucia Strait ökar vinden och det ligger långa stråk med sargasso-tång på vattnet. Snart är det dags att prova fiskelyckan och kanske fånga en Mahi-Mahi.

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Martinique stop over

Trinidad will not open its border in time for us to leave the Caribbean before the hurricane season intensifies in August. As a result, we decided to haul out the boat at Grenada which has just opened its border. We have chosen to split the route from Sint-Maarten down to Grenada and the first stop will be St Anne on Martinique where Mirja and Håkan are with Flying Penguin. The distance is about 250 M against the current and the wind.

Trinidad kommer inte att öppna sin gräns i tid för att vi ska hinna lämna Karibien innan orkansäsongen tar fart på allvar i Augusti. Det har gjort att vi bestämt oss för att ta upp båten på Grenada som just öppnat sin gräns. Vi har valt att dela upp etappen från Sint-Maarten ner till Grenada och första anhalt blir St Anne på Martinique där Mirja och Håkan är med Flying Penguin. Dit är det ungefär 250 M mot ström och vind.

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Atlantic crossing 2019, last week

10-12-2019, 16º 03.901N 52º 18.597W
Tired of the rolly wing on wing sailing

Today we had enough of rolly sailing wing on wing with sails flapping hard now and then. We are now reaching and zick zacking along the route. Much more stable boat and easier to be onboard now and we can also get more sleep. For the moment we prioritize comfort over shorter time at sea. Think there are less strain on the boat as well since reaching create a more constant pressure on the sails and rigging gear.
Today we had nice and sunny weather and more wind than yesterday. Think we will arrive to Saint Lucia on Saturday.

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Atlantic crossing 2019, second week

02-12-2019, 19º 26.032N 29º 40.678W
In the trade winds

Last night we got a couple of hours of wind above 10 knots, after that it was a night with flapping sails and bad sleep due to all noise generated by the sails. Now we are below 20 degrees north and where the trade winds begin to blow mainly from NE and it is now around 15 knots and we begin to see larger swell. I have started to finish up the first videos from our trip down to Canary Islands.

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