A journey from
heaven to hell and back
Having have a
really wonderful time in Cuba it was time to say goodbye and head
towards St Lucia so I would be in plenty of time before they arrived
for their two month visit
So after much
planning and preparation I set off at 0830 hrs after a resounding
farewell wave from all the friends I had made in Santiago da Cuba and
it was humbling to note that people I had known for such a short time
were happy to come out at 7am to wave me off
were actually coming to see if I Gould get off the jetty single
handed or if I would call for help because they all thought I was
Well I got my clearance and jumped onto the boat having
loosened the lines and it went perfectly and I was off
I knew I
would have to motor some way on the first day as the winds would be
very light and so I i called to wish some Irish friends on their way
and headed for the gap between Haiti and Jamaica .
hours out the wind picked up and I was able to sail f…
I have been back two weeks now and working towards getting mrs Opela back in order again because when I got back the fact that i had left her alone for such a long time made her decide to take revenge
Bev on Dandelion had been looking after her for me by airing her out once a week and checking the bilges as well and running the engine once or twice for me and for that I am truly thankful but my lady is a very jealous lady and she wasnt happy to be left standing so when I got on board I was expecting to find mould and black algae and a host of other things lurking in corners not often looked at.
My first big one was that the new stay wires i had had installed in Le Marin in Martinique a year and a half ago were worn such that one fell on the deck because the hook swaged to the end simply snapped and on further inspection i found the others were all cracked as well which means I cannot sail her.
I phoned the suppliers and they were struggling to remember my boat but soon remember…