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July 8, 2014

As we sailed past Dominica with its near mile high mountains, the wind changed dramatically. Initially we had force 6 on the beam and Nellie was making 9 knots, then in the lee of the land the wind died almost completely, sails were handed and engines were on.

Tue 8 July.

Capt Barbara told us that we had made a far better course to the North in the lee of the islands than expected. Hence we had time in hand and we were now to anchor for a swim in a little bay in the middle of a group of attractive under-developed islands called Les Saintes just to the South of Guadeloupe. The dotty boat ferried parties ashore for a beach swim or snorkel during the afternoon while Nellie lay at anchor in the bay ‘yards boxed’ (foreyards braced to stbd, main yards to port – making a box right angle between them). We were briefed on sailing off the anchor and this now well practiced crew worked together on the many tasks to achieve this smoothly. Next stop Antigua ETA 0830 tomorrow 9 July.

Aft Stbd Mel, Derek, Frank, Anke, Aoife, Ellie, Karen, Susan & Mike

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