April 13, 2007 Friday
Prince Rupert Bay, Portsmouth, Dominica
Last night a swell began entering the bay from the WNW and we rolled all night long. Not comfortable, do neither of us slept well. But the main reason Bill felt so bad this morning is that he did not realize that he was drinking straight, very strong rum last evening.
Another cruiser invited us over for sundowners. Turned out that they own a Beneteau 461, the same model boat that we used to own. Theirs is far, far nicer than ours was. They served Ti Punch, which is a local drink in
Guadeloupe. It is really nothing but straight rum over
ice. And this rum is at least 150
proof! It is made on Guadeloupe
and has a distinctive sugar cane syrup taste.
Tastes good, but way too strong for me; and I drink Pusser’s rum
neat. As I said, Bill did not realize
that it was really just a glass of straight strong rum; and he drank two
glasses. By the time we got back to the
boat he was really feeling those two drinks.
And he was really, really feeling them this morning. Been a very long time since he had a hangover
because we really don’t drink that much or that often.
So to cure this little hangover, Bill decided that we needed a long walk in the hot sun. I’m sure that is exactly what most people would want to do to cure their hangover. Right? So we asked Martin to give us a tour of
. We could have done this on our own but we
think it is a good idea to contribute to the local economy. And if we had gone up there on our own we
would have just looked at an old fort which is being restored, thanks to EU
money. Martin was worth his $40 for this
tour. He showed us lots of birds and
trees and fruits, etc., that we would never even have noticed on our own. He also showed us the native fish traps that
they weave out of bamboo. We have always
wondered how those fish traps work. It
was a nice morning and the walk/sun/time cured Bill’s hangover. Fort Shirley
When we returned to our boat (the guides pick you up and return you to your boats here so that you don’t need to use your dinghy), then Martin made me a little bird from two strips of palm frond that he had cut during our walk. Cute little bird on a stick. He said it will last for years if I put a few drops of oil on it in a few days.
This afternoon the rolling was driving us crazy. Bill suggested that we try moving to the other end of this huge bay. We are now anchored off
and it is ever so
much more pleasant. The swell is still
coming into the bay but now it is coming in beneath our bow instead of on our
beam – no more rolling. Just a nice
pleasant motion. Cocunut
Time to grill pork tenderloin for dinner. We plan to sail to
early tomorrow morning.