Sailing to Guadeloupe
Current Location: Deshaies Harbor Anchorage, Guadeloupe
Miles Traveled: 46
Weather: Sunny, breezy (14-18), low 80s
Highlights: Today started slowly. Plan was to raise anchor at first light, stop by the fuel dock (which opens at 6AM), and then head south to Guadeloupe. Got to the fuel dock at 6:15, but the keeper of the keys hadn't shown up for work yet. Waited around, and she finally showed up around 7:15. Filled the tanks, paid the bills (after another slight delay with Capital One), then finally departed Falmouth Bay just past 7:30. Day finally took a turn for the better with a fabulous sail across the 45-mile wide Guadeloupe Channel, and we arrived in Deshaies just before 3PM. Winds were a steady 14-18 knots off our beam, and we had 4-5 foot swells from the same direction, but overall, not too uncomfortable, and we averaged 7.5 knots for most of the day. Wind dropped as we got into the lee of Guadeloupe, but we were able to sail almost all the way into the harbor, Dropped the sails, then spent about 30 minutes looking for a good spot to anchor. Deshaies has about 20 moorings, but all of them are claimed by the locals, and the rest of the bay is fairly deep all the way to the shore. We finally dropped anchor in 42 feet of water, and let out all 225 feet of our chain to make sure we had plenty of scope. Dropped the dinghy and went into town to clear in, got that taken care of easy-peasy by 5PM, then back to the boat for a light dinner and early bedtime.
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