Cuba is at the top of our priority list for the Caribbean countries. However, Cuba is also over 1000 miles from Martinique. We want to go to Cuba, so we decide that the bilge issue can be resolved on the go. We download new weather data and start swearing inside like a Scot in the pub. For two days there is weak to good wind, then three days come with good or very good wind and then we fall into a flat hole, which is then replaced by strong wind or storm after two more days. We cannot go to Cuba.
What Jamaica has just written about Cuba applies to Jamaica. The distance is of a similar magnitude, the way is identical except for the last 200 miles and the weather is naturally not better. We cannot go to Jamaica.
We play with the nautical chart and think about goals. Goals that we can easily achieve with the existing wind. Goals that take us further. We find a goal and get ready to go. After clearing again we leave Martinique in weak winds (10 to 14 kn) but with the best weather.
After all the time on the islands, it feels great to set sail again. Without many words we sit in the cockpit and see how the silhouette of Martinique is getting smaller and smaller. We also see St. Lucia and the two pitons again, the view is gigantic. Jens goes to bed early, I have the first watch. Everything is as usual. The moon pours its pale light over the Caribbean sea, Sissi rocks, the background noise is back - otherwise it's quiet.
In contrast to the trip across the open Atlantic, there is a lot going on here in the Caribbean. Freighters cross our course, luckily we don't see any crusaders and the sky keeps blinking when an airplane flies over us. I can even hear the engines occasionally because it is really very quiet. The Atlantic wave has not yet developed, the ship noises are in the frame and the little wind does not whistle.
Later in the night the wind freshens up, suddenly we have almost 30 kn wind. Sissi is now in full gallop. The wind comes from behind, the wind vane (as always) manages the controls almost perfectly after I (as always) had to fiddle with it for an hour or two. Driving in front of the wind is as easy or as difficult as balancing a plate on a stick. If the balance is correct, you don't have to change the settings for days.
This morning Jens welcomes me with a pot of coffee at 10 a.m. after getting up. Then he goes to sleep. I woke him up at 3 a.m. The guards are longer again in pairs. At noon I find that our speed is not that bad despite the little wind. The etmal is at least three digits. We can expect to achieve our goal in daylight on Saturday.
12 o'clock position: N13 ° 59 'W62 ° 34'
1st time: 105.7 nm
Remaining distance to the next destination: 447 nm