Outer Island Antics

Our second look at Guadeloupe brought us to outer islands and cozy nooks where we found amazing scenery, delicious food, and surprisingly friendly, French islanders.  The touristic ‘Les Saintes’ was our first stop; here we explored from the anchorage behind tiny, Ilet a Cabrit, accompanied by S/Y Tilly Whim and S/Y Calico Skies.  There are nice…

Indian River

It’s a lazy day in the Caribbean, just like the day we took a relaxing ride down the Indian River at Dominica.  Our guide, Alexis, painted us a lovely picture of the history of Dominica and the Carib Indians who lived on the Indian River.  The river is a protected area of Dominica’s National Parks; no…

Boiling Hot

I’m sweating at a standstill, slinking into the shady corners of Detour, still determining which combination of open hatches and portholes will create the best downdraft to suck inside any hint of a breeze.  “You don’t have any fans!?!” our friend, Bill, frequently observes, “How do you stand it?”  At Antigua, we’ve had no other choice…

Mahna Mahna

It’s a calm, clear night with a light breeze keeping us cool and keeping uninvited mosquitoes away.  Brian, Bill (S/V Calico Skies), and I are sitting in the cockpit sipping ti punch and conjuring constellations from the display of anchor lights below a starry sky.  Detour is anchored at Jolly Harbour, Antigua; the harbour is familiar,…

Island Time

I’m sitting at the navigation table inside Detour, having not yet opened the main hatch for fear that the intrusion of sunlight will coax me outside for yet another beautiful, Caribbean day.  Today’s agenda:  snorkeling at Pigeon Island, Guadaloupe.  But we must not snorkel too early, better to wait for the heat of mid-day so we can bask…

Land Ho!

I’ve never been as excited to see land as when I first spotted the lights of Martinique.  Along the horizon evening lights were just visible, a yellow haze glowing through dark, rainy skies.  BMac had me take a look to confirm at about 04:00 that the glow was indeed Martinique and not an approaching ship.…

Bruce’s Tale from the High Seas

*Thanks to Bruce for sharing his experience of crossing the Atlantic Ocean aboard Detour. What is it like to make a passage? I remember as a kid visiting a “fun house,” a room with a floor that rocked around in random directions. Imagine living in that room for almost three weeks night and day. On the…

Prepare to Set Sail

Obviously, I’m backtracking a teeny-tiny bit…but we couldn’t have skipped across the Atlantic Ocean without being prepared and despite Detour‘s impeccable condition (hopefully fellow boat owners are having a good laugh here), there was a tremendous amount of preparation necessary for boat and crew. Detour is in constant maintenance mode (sailing the world is all about completing boat…

Lanzarote

Our first explorations of Lanzarote began at Marina Lanzarote, where we were docked directly in front of a high-end shopping mall.  Surely, we’d traveled hundreds of miles to visit exotic, Atlantic Islands…but there we were at Marina Lanzarote gazing up into the orange hue of Burger King’s neon ‘WHOPPER’ sign.  During the day, cruise ship passengers…

Isla Graciosa

Detour sailed marvelously during our four-day passage from Alvor, Portugal, blazing along at about 7-knots, throughout which Brian and I took turns reefing and un-reefing sails.  Inconsistent wind speed (north-northwest at 15-30 knots), paired with a few squalls, kept us bounding up and down the ladder to reduce and increase sail area so that we could remain comfortable…