15.34.884W; 61.27.915W Sailed 24 NM
Yesterday we cleared out of Iles des Saintes at the police office and finally pulled anchor late in the morning. Enjoyed an absolutely gorgeous sail down to
That is one thing that I don’t like about our cockpit. The winch for the mainsheet is on the mizzen mast at the rear of the cockpit and that cockpit is quite large. So the helmsperson cannot reach the mainsheet to ease it when the winds suddenly gust up to uncomfortable speeds. You would have to turn on the autopilot in order to leave the helm chair to be able to reach the mainsheet. Or, you need a second person in the cockpit to do it for you, which is how we normally handle this maneuver.
Anyway, it was a fun sail. We were the last of five boats to leave about the same time. We passed up the other three monohulls by quite a distance. Our boat was the largest of the four monohulls so it is to be expected that we would sail faster. The other boat was a catamaran and he couldn’t sail that thing worth a flip to windward. The cat ended up about 35 degrees off our starboard bow by the time we neared
As we approached
Anchored right next to us is Chris Doyle, author of the popular
A popular local snack treat is roasted plantains. There are streetside vendors who have large grills of charcoal burning slowing. They peel the plantains and put them whole on the grills and cook them very slowly over the charcoal. The charcoal is made locally on the mountainsides. This does not sound very appealing, but these warm roasted plantains are delicious. The vendors serve them to you in a small paper bag, and the warm plantains are sweet and just surprisingly good.
Early this morning we did the tour up the
BTW, there are some very old people living on
There is also still a village here of Carib Indians. Very likely these are the last of the true Caribs in existence. The Cairbs have bronze colored skin and are Asian in appearance. Don’t think we will make it to their village, but that would be an interesting day trip.
April 12, 2007 Thursday
If its Thursday, then it is make and mend day. Those who have read the Patrick O’Brian (Jack Aubrey) novels will recognize that phrase. Funny that we chose Thursday to do the same chores that the old British Royal Navy assigned to Thursdays. So, another laundry and water-making day onboard S/V BeBe. Among other chores likes changing oil and filter on the genset and cleaning topsides. And so it goes.
This morning we watched a couple of local guys fishing with a seine very near to us here in the anchorage.
So anyway, this morning these two local guys have a similar seine in their little fishing boat. It had floats woven into the netting on the upper edge. They fed out the seine into a circle and let it float for at least 15 minutes. Then they started pulling one end of it into their little boat. When the diameter of the circle had been reduced to one-half its original size, then one of the guys dove into the water with a snorkel mask. I guess to see what they had caught. Then he yelled and the guy in the boat started pulling the rope/line that was on the bottom edge of the seine. This closed up the bottom of the seine and left the top edge still floating in a smaller circle, effectively creating a bowl. Then he pulled the bottom edge of the closed seine into the boat. The second guy got back into the boat (man, wish we could climb into a dinghy as easily as he climbed into that boat from the water!). They finished pulling the rest of the seine, including all their fish, into the little boat. Then they drove directly to a restaurant on the beach and proceeded to clean the fish right in their boat, discarding the nasties back into the water. Goes to show you how fresh the fish can be in the restaurants down here.
Almost forgot to mention two things. On the tour of the Indian River yesterday the guide pointed out where some of the filming was done for the movie Pirates of the
The guide also showed us where Survivor was filmed last week. They are filming on a different part of the island every week right now. There was some sort of “fence” woven out of plants that they had built last week that had not yet deteriorated. We will never see this show, but some of you readers might. The production company paid each guide a whopping $80 for each day that the guides could not do their regular tours because of the filming of this TV show. Sounded pretty chintzy to us. Should have paid them a bit more than that meager amount. The Dominican government allowed these two shows to be filmed here in hopes that it will increase interest in the island and some tourism.