Re-anchored Ambition in a less than desirable spot and then spent the rest of the night awake on anchor watch.
|Arch Rival Swiss @##$&^%|
A mooring ball became available by 7AM and we hopped onto it and I headed to bed for a few hours – after a LONG night.
|Club Med 2 trying to get their anchor to hold|
|Club Med 2|
We ended up spending 3 nights waiting for the winds to calm down and then we headed to Portsmouth Dominica. Clearly our plan to be in Martinique for Carnival went up in smoke!
|Mudslides from hurricane Maria|
|So many trees striped of branches|
|Staring to grow back|
|It will be years to fully recover|
|Palm trees sprouting new leaves|
Dominica was one of the regions most important provider of vegetables and fruits. Most of that has completely disappeared – some vegetables were available in the market but not in the usual quantity we saw last winter, and no fruit at all – the trees will take years to recover I am sure.
The weather has again turned very nasty and we will remain in Portsmouth for at least 5 days. So it is time to start to knock off a few maintenance items off the to do list. We have a number of stainless steel hardware items on deck that are showing signs of saltwater getting under the fittings. Since these fitting carry a certain load they are bolted through the cabin top on the boat. To access the bolts requires that we remove all the ceiling panels in the forward head, the forward cabin and part of the salon! What a task! All the small wood trim is numbered as we remove it and pile all the pieces up so we can get them back together in a few days.
|Forward cabin before repairs|
|Salon ceiling disassembly|
|salon work zone!|
|Salon before the repairs|
|The after photo...perfect|
|Forward cabin all back together|
|Forward head ...all parts back in and looking good|
The weather is really windy … the forecast from our weather guru stated something I have never seen before “north and southbound travel should be "due to emergency only” – steady winds of 30 knots and gusts of 40 and seas are 10 to 15 feet on a 9 second period UGH!
As we await calmer conditions, we joined a group of folks for an island tour that took us from Portsmouth south along the coast to Canefield Airport near Roseau then up the hills inland. Past Emerald Pools that we visited last year. We stopped to hike a short distance through the forest and to see Spanny Falls and pools. WOW beautiful.
|East side of the island is worse than the west side....|
|the trees look like Q Tips from a distance|
Yesterday and today were Carnival in Dominica and every little community were drove through, we were in the middle of there little celebration – loud music, folks dancing, costumes worn by some and a few adult beverages! All is good.