In that story there are no pictures unfortunately, because our camera was broken completely. Although, the microphone was ON...
Have a nice time reading :)
Imagine the news about leaving Bequia we had to withdraw half an hour after its publication!
The evening was warm with a sweet smell of flowers in the air and the black sky was covered with millions of stars... (everything beautiful, so far...) On the way back from the Internet to the boat, we realized that our dinghy had disappeared from the beach... It was obvious now, we were not able to sail out the next day... Well, first we needed to go back to the Internet and withdrew our news and then swam to the yacht. Fortunately, we have the waterproof, floating suitcase for our computer ...
Wednesday, April 29, 2009
The morning started very busy because of problems with our stern anchor. We were ready to go at sunrise but soon it turned out it wouldn’t be so easy... First, we tried only with Patricia to rise anchor up using our dinghy. It didn’t move at all. Our friends - the crew of Friendship Rose anchoring 50 meters away - noticed our struggles and came with the help soon. Their big dinghy with a powerful engine was the chance for us :) Unfortunately, after several unsuccessful attempts we found out the anchor must have been stocked in something really heavy at the bottom. So we had to dive.
It was a great opportunity to test our new diving equipment (new-old one, as we bought it in St. Martin a year earlier but it had been hanging in the wardrobe and waiting for its day since...) This time, our friend Sasa from Italy came with the help. Sasa is a very nice guy - tired of busy Neapolitan lifestyle, some time ago decided to sell his sound engineering equipment for concerts and invest the money in new home - this time floating one :) His beautiful boat Kshana was also tied from the bow to a palm tree and was lying just a few meters from YouYou. We spent some nice moments together, being neighbours. We never managed to make as good coffee as that divine Espresso he served.
Sasa organized dive cylinder from a diving centre and I dived to pick up our anchor out of his pontoon. Well, one more dive on wonderful Bequia! ;)
The next thing was to clean nearly 300 feet of anchor rode from weed and animals living on it for several weeks. Here the first mate came to action :) Pati demonstrated an extreme patience and super precision - wearing thick rubber gloves she pacified all the creatures. Many coils of rope landed in the cockpit, filling it almost completely.
We were done around midday. Traditionally we rang the ship’s bell 4 times leaving our anchorage. In response, some hands waved to us from different places. Well, see you next time... We glanced at the coast in search of "Sensy", the laughing gull which still was curing her broken wing – only by herself now, somewhere ashore. Hmm... Couldn’t see her, probably she’s resting somewhere in the shade of a palm tree :)
The day was beautiful - like all in Bequia - full of sun and fresh breezes. We motored about 20 minutes through the anchorage and to leave ferry traffic zone.
The only thing we still had to do was raising and fastening our dinghy aboard.
One of the major differences between a dinghy we lost and our wooden little boat was its weight. Previously even one person was able to pull a lightweight inflatable dinghy and put it aboard. Now we use an additional halyard (which was installed on that circumstance) to raise it. The rope is pulled on the winch and run inside the mast to the masthead and back down and its free ending we tie to the holders on our dinghy. We stood in the drift and pulled the dinghy on board. O.K.! Done! We go! ;)
We set full mainsail, genoa and small jib. As soon as we left the sheltered bay, YouYou met with a strong current (typical between Bequia and
More then one hour later we were on the leeward side of
We had an excellent sailing till the northern tip of
Friday, May 1, 2009
With the sun rising, the wind slackened and soon completely died. We started the engine. We didn’t want that journey to
At 0800 in the morning, we noticed leatherback turtles quite close to the boat - the same turtles we observed while they were laying eggs on beaches in
The rest of the day was with rather weak winds and slow, peaceful sailing. In the evening we were visited by the dolphins :) No matter how often we meet them, we always enjoy that a lot!
To recharge the batteries and speed up a little, we started the engine in the evening. I was very happy to finally have this opportunity – after the repairs in Bequia.
An interesting fact: for a larger boat (which uses engine if needed) it takes about 3.5 hours to sail the distance from
Saturday, May 2, 2009
At 0100 on the engine gauge panel the red oil pressure light turned on, and we heard an alarm signal... Again! "What’s this time?” We stopped the engine.
There was a deafening silence…
Dark, quiet night. Pure beauty. For a moment I forgot that I was angry because of a failure. Sitting in the cockpit with Patricia we were looking around and enjoying the atmosphere.
The sea was flat and there was complete lack of wind. Behind us in the distance there were barely visible lights of