Day 1: Saturday 04th February
The new crew joined CH4 this afternoon around 4.30pm,
looking pale faced from frosty England.
All seemed to be overdressed for the Caribbean
heat. They looked a bit nervous and quiet, not knowing each other.
Skipper Paul Wise a veteran of two days standing on
the boat, soon introduced them to each other, First Mate Neil and Watch Leaders
Rocky and Paul. The crew were divided into two watches and the safety briefings
were given. The various mysteries and complicated systems on the boat were
explained. After two days he knew that it would all seem natural and obvious to
everybody. Formalities completed, everyone retired to the “Round Bar” for
evening tea, cakes and coffee and a fruit punch. All retired to their bunks at
10pm at the end of a very long day.
Day 2: Sunday 05th February
Sails rigged, checks done, the motley crew of CH4, left Jolly
Harbour at 10am (2pm UK time) bound for English Harbour.
During an interesting sail, we were introduced to the mysteries of tacking and
the workings of a sailing yacht. We arrived in English Harbour
at 2pm and tied up stern to amongst the super yachts. We felt slightly
overwhelmed amongst these multi million pound vessels. The evening highlight
was a visit to the legendary Shirley Heights, to watch a stunning sunset and experience
super Caribbean music. A couple more fruit punches were consumed and then it was back on board by 1030pm.
Day 3: Monday 06th February
An early start was made, the boat was prepped and we
left English Harbour at 10am. We raised the main and
the Yankee and set a course for Guadeloupe.
After a great sail we arrived in Deshaies at 4pm and dropped the anchor. Half
the crew went for a swim off the boat in the blue Caribbean
waters. A lovely super of chicken and rice was prepared and cooked by resident
head chef Neil. A quiet evening was spent in the cockpit under the stars