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Not having kept up the  blog for some months it takes quite an effort to catch up – especially since obtaining wifi is such a performance – there are only so many coffees and cocktails that a man can drink just to get wifi. So I thought I would just skip forward.

Appropriately April Fools Day was spent doing the 167nm journey from Jolly Harbour, Antigua to Gorda Sound, Virgin Gorda. The passage is in two parts. First the channel that separates a number of islands. To the South lie St Kitts & Nevis; Sint Eustatia; Saba and to the

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Essequibo River, Guyana..

Approaching the estuary of the River Essequibo takes timing. There is a sand bar and you must enter at the correct state of tide. After entering it is advisable to anchor off one of the little islands – the estuary is huge – and then do the 50 mile journey up river with a full day ahead of you.

As Enterprise approached the coast, we were far too early so with only a scrap of mainsail, we drifted along silently on a calm and moonlit sea. The mouth of the river lay ahead. I could see on AIS

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Nereids Rally…

Its the start day of the rally – 5 Sept 2016. The much anticipated Nereids Rally. Only a few boats are leaving from Trinidad. Most had opted for leaving from Tobago. So Enterprise sails alone one more.

Its customary to hug the Trinidad coast to avoid the counter current and wind, then to head out into the Atlantic to clear pirate alley off the coast of Venezuela, out through the oil rigs and traffic of the oil fields and then south – against the currents and the wind – what could go wrong …?

The sky was grey most

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Message in a bottle…

Having returned to Trinidad, we do at least get to be at the celebration dinner hosted by the Nereid’s Rally organiser – David – an ex Italian banker… dont ask.

David has also arranged for children and parents from the local special needs school, to come down to the yard and be shown around a few boats – Enterprise included – and have a little talk given to them by each of the skippers present.

We then join the children at the roti hut to write their messages in a bottle. Each bottle will be given to the rally participants

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New main sail…

While languishing in Trinidad for the second time getting the drip-less seal and the generator fixed I happend to enquire about the price of a new main sail. The old one has done roughly 10,000 miles and is well past its sell by date. Again the prospect of upwind sailing to S America is not to be underestimated.

So – at last a new sail! USS sails struck a great deal on a beautiful new main sail – fully monogrammed with the “Moody” logo, …terrific.

It even furls easily – great job!

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Oh oh…

The new leak proof, lifetime guarantee, drip-less seal on the propeller shaft is – er – leaking…..

Not so much that Enterprise would sink – but enough that I don’t want to sail to South America with this worry.

On top of which the generator capacitor is having an argument with the inverter /charger – don’t worry its a boaty thing. It was great to get help from Steve on Aztec Dream – who helped to diagnose the generator fault and lent me his only spare capacitor… it was good to be able to return the capacitor to Steve later

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Life in Tobago…

After an anchoring at Store Bay, you take your dinghy and head for the beach. On arrival, you drag the dinghy up the beach and chain it to a palm tree – swapping pleasantries with the local rasta who are sitting in the shade writing lyrics and smoking their own brand of tobaco. You then march a 1/4 mile to a road junction and wait for a bus. They don’t come – so a passing “taxi” – a guy with a car that was given its last rites some years previously, negotiates to take you across the island to the

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Sambol ..

Life could not progress without making coconut sambol –  with my new coconut scraper…

Green beans….? Onion… Chilli powder, salt, lemon juice.. Scrape a real coconut.. Fry it up with Maldive Fish… High tea is served…

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Off to Tobago…

At last we are free of the confines of Power Boats marina.

Three fellow cruisers – Aztec Dream; Nautilus and Fenicia are leaving today for Tobago – at last!.

We all plan on joining the Nereids Rally to Guyana – and the sailing angle from Tobago is much more favourable. Not to mention that Tobago is a wonderful little island.

Fenicia sailing along behind.. Cutting through the notorious Dragons Mouth Enterprise at anchor Store Bay, Tobago Enterprise at anchor Ok ok I was going to put up the

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Life in Trinidad

The other aspect of the cruising life is of course fixing stuff. Every cruiser has to spend at least one day a week on DIY.

Whether its a new million pound wonder boat or a 30 year old wooden yawl held together by Rescue Tape. By the way – get Rescue Tape – its marvellous !

 

Assorted “useful” o-rings… Engine oil change time… The local rigger – washed up here from Norway ! ….to lubricate furling mainsail mechanism

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