Sailing Around The World

From My Mother Point of View

Once again it is good to be back on Dragonsbane. We are currently in St. Martin. Dale is enjoying speaking French! We sailed throughout the night, leaving Virgin Gorda around 4:00 Tuesday afternoon, watching the sun set over the island of St.Thomas as we sailed out to sea. We arrived in St. Martin at 9:00 this morning. The wind was right in our face once again. Jacques is looking forward to turning westward and hopefully have some wind behind us. Last night’s voyage was accompanied by several other sailboats, cruise ships and cargo freighters. They light up the sky like Christmas.

For me the most curious phenomenon is the florescent sparkles that twinkle off the foam as the boat splashes through the water. Supposedly the boat stirs up plant life that glows in the dark. As Jacques describes it, imagine sparks spinning off a grinding wheel or arc welder. This can only be seen in the silence of night sailing.

The sail was great for me as I blissfully slept below while Dale and Jacques took four hour shifts at the wheel. On Jacques’ 4 am shift he negotiated a squall, helming into 32 knots of wind. Me, I slept.

Tonight we are drinking BVI Pussers Rum Painkillers on deck and watching the sun go down over St. Martin while listening to some island steel drum music. What a life!!

Barbara

3 responses

  1. tom

    Sounds like skipper2 is having a great time. Take care

    February 6, 2013 at 1:31 am

  2. Gail Rice

    Hi Barb,
    Just received the email and blog info from Barb Snyder today. I have enjoyed reading about your trip south.
    Gail Rice

    February 6, 2013 at 2:37 am

  3. Elsa and John McKenna

    from Antigo, WI where the thermometer is recording 9 degrees. The warmth and sparkling water sound great. We do enjoy the daily posts from you folks and the pictures. I’m heading out to ski at Jack Lake in prep for the Birkie in 2 weeks. Elsa and John McKenna

    February 6, 2013 at 4:45 pm