With the morning sun still hiding under the horizon, Joy and I quietly ghosted out of the anchorage, raised our working sails and headed north to Portsmouth, Dominica, some 70 miles north. Our forecast was exceptionally good, and our crossing from Martinique to Dominica was smooth except for the last hour where we encountered strong wind and large waves off the southwest corner of Dominica, wind around 30 knots with 9 foot seas rolling towards us. A little bumpy, but certainly not dangerous.
We lowered our anchor to the bottom in Prince Rupert Bay around 14:00 hrs, amazed at our average speed of nearly 8 knots. Certainly not disappointing, that’s for sure. Not long after our arrival, a strong afternoon storm rolled in giving Ocean Angel a free power wash! Saved me a lot of work all right. The rain evaporated, and we were treated to the most incredible rainbow, one just exploding into the water so close by we felt we could reach out to touch it.
Dominica was just a day stop, and the next morning an easy 3 hour sail took us on to Isle de Saintes, Guadeloupe, one of our favorite stopovers. You’ll see why we love it so.
We planned to spend the next week there carrying out maintenance, enjoying morning deliveries of Baguettes, Pan Chocolat, and other pastries, right to the boat for a .20 Euro fee. Could life be better!
We spent one day touring, shopping, and eating ashore, and several days just doing a few chores, reading, and enjoying each other’s company, free of every care in the world – almost.