Starblazer - 27/04/2016 - Rapidly becoming very frustrated!
First of all, I need to add three minor points to my previous blog.We were not the last World ARC boat to leave Rodney Bay; Exody expected to leave on Saturday afternoon, heading for Les Saintes off the south coast of Guadaloupe. On the way to Martinique John added a hook and wire leader to a new lure, dropped it in and within 10 minutes had a bite!He landed a beautiful 3.5 kg Mahi Mahi.I already had meat in the fridge which needed eating so we had Ceviche as a starter and the rest of the fillets went in the freezer.On the approach to Ste Anne the wind died so we started the engine.It quickly overheated so engine off, drift in roughly the right direction while John checks the fresh water reservoir.Sure enough, it was empty so once he refilled it we made our way to the anchorage.Tuesday. read more...
Starblazer - 26/04/2016 - Playing catch-up
We eventually checked out from Rodney Bay, St. Lucia and untied ourselves from the marina at 1640 on Friday.A quick radio call to the marina informed us that the fuel dock closed at 1645 so we motored out into the bay to anchor for the night.By 0745 we were on our way back to the fuel dock, the third boat to tie up but, crucially, the only boat with clearance papers and thus the first in line for the duty free pump.EC€1.50 per litre or about 40p was fantastic!By 0830 we were away, heading for Ste Anne just outside the Cul-de-Sac du Marin on Martinique under Genoa alone.Martinique is really easy to clear in and out, without 'overtime' charges, whenever the marina office is open they charge €5 and you do it yourself on a computer.My only problem was finding the office because they have. read more...
Starblazer - 22/04/2016 - We have an engine!
The World ARC finished with a Parade of Sail from Marigot Bay to Rodney Bay via Castries Harbour on Saturday 9th.All the boats travelled in line, led by the smallest boat then in order of length.Starblazer should have been fourth in line but sadly couldn't take part though we did, thanks to a couple of boats.First of all we had to get to Marigot Bay so were offered a lift on a big motor boat which escorts the fleet every year.23 knots was stunning!Two boats kindly offered us a ride back to Rodney Bay; we opted for Chat Eau Bleu, an Australian owned catamaran with just Pete and Debbie on board.The reception on the pontoon was great, but tinged with sadness.First there was the euphoria of returning to what, for the majority of the fleet, was our departure point but the sadness was knowing. read more...
Starblazer - 08/04/2016 - Highs and Lows!
The Tobago Cays were lovely and far less crowded than on our previous visits in January 2010.We saw quite a few turtles but, disappointingly, they were not in the protected zone.Whether they ate all the grass there or whether there is some other reason, we saw no grass in that area.Perhaps anchors are not the major culprit they are thought to be.On Baradel Island itself we spotted a couple of iguanas but not the very big one we saw last time.We went to explore Petit Bateau Island as we could see a structure from the boat.There was a covered area with BBQ paraphernalia, used by the boat boys for beach BBQs.On the northern side of the island, facing the narrow passage between Petit Bateau and Petit Rameau we found a couple of stalls selling BBQ Lobster or fish dinners so placed an order. read more...
Starblazer - Ooohhh Deeaarr
We've just had the biggest engine fault so far.An occasional cough (fuel?), a bit of a rattle (tappets?) followed by continuous rattling of a can 1/2 full of nuts and bolts. I stopped the engine.Removal of a valve gear cover showed one broken spring and no sign of its valve shaft.Looks like the valve is in the cylinder, which probably does not have enough room for the piston as well.We were headed for Marigot Bay on St Lucia for a rally dinner tomorrow (Thursday) and a Parade of Sail to Rodney Bay on Saturday.We are now heading directly to Rodney Bay to anchor for the night and hope that the Marina will help us in tomorrow.We will get to tomorrow's dinner by car and work on the engine on the following days.Hopefully the parts can be flown in quickly.Allegro have been standing by to help,. read more...