We needed to get moving once again and started looking for a weather window. It took a couple of weeks and it wasn’t ideal but it looked ok. In the meantime, we met Kathy and Ken on Sol Searching, who were getting ready to cross too. So, we decided to go together – always nice to do a passage with friends. The Anagada Passage, on paper, looks like it will take about 12 hours of motor sailing to cross. But we were taking the
best of some less than perfect weather to do it.
It started well. We hoisted the mainsail with a reef in it, and lifted the anchor. It looks so impressive to sail off of your anchor! We’ve only done it one other time, supervised. I steered while Randy set up the foresail and we picked up speed. Out of Leverick and in to the Francis Drake Chanel the sailing was great. We were up to 7 knots. Then we left the protection of The Virgin Islands and entered confused steep seas and wind on the nose, again! Crap. We considered turning around but knew the weather was predicted to be even worse later. So, we carried on. It was a rough night and the passage took 16 hours. We were very glad to see the islands of Angilla and St. Martin. Pulling into Marigot Bay, we see a familiar boat sailing out – Paul and Deb on Kelly Nicole. They let us know that Sandy Feet was still in the bay and we caught up to them before they left.
Anchoring went well, clearing in was easy. We love the French Islands!