26 Hours to Dominica

OK, I got tired of writing, so here is a short video of our trip. We did a 26 hour sail from St. Kitt to Dominica and got our #@$%’s kicked for a few hours from 9:00 p.m. to around midnight. Winds ramped up to 32 knots steady for a few hours with gusts to 39. There was no rain and nothing on the radar, completely dark, and no moon, so we couldn’t figure out what was going on. A big thanks to Nick Starr for checking weather radar and calling us on the Sat phone to help out. You don’t know how much it helps to know someone is watching out for you.

At one point around 11:00 p.m., I ended up flying up through the air and got slammed against the counter in the galley when two waves hit us at once. No warning, just laying on the ground wondering what the hell happened. I put the spotlight on and estimated the waves were well over 12′, but it’s just a guess, I really couldn’t see very well, but they were very big and coming at us from the front quarter. The stabilizers never stopped moving full stop to full stop for almost 18 hours. Ann and I did manage to sleep 3 hours each in the lee of Guadeloupe and that made a big difference in how we felt. What’s really amazing is that both of us used to get seasick in 3′ seas, but this didn’t even phase us, no queasiness at all for the entire trip. Anyway, here is the video, not great, but at least you get the idea:

 

5 thoughts on “26 Hours to Dominica”

  1. I have just found your blog and am reading avidly. One question I have on this particular post is why you decided to make a straight shot from St. Kitt’s to Dominica, rather than island hop from St. Kitt’s to Monserrate to Guadeloupe to Dominca?
    Thanks very much for the very informative posts and the video.

  2. Hi Ann and Bill,
    Thought it was past time to let you know, I’ve been vicariously sailing along since early in your journeys.
    What an exciting, interesting and fun life you are leading! No wonder you want to cut Goulding loose. Any action on that?
    Regards, John

  3. Sorry Bill and Ann that you had such a time. Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to access the you tube – resend?

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