If you were to look at a map of Guadeloupe, you would see that the island is in the shape of a butterfly, sort of. Pointe a Pitre is located on the south eastern side, in the middle, where the body of the butterfly would be. Get it? In order to sail there, we had to BEAT into the wind and heavy seas for about 10 miles of our 20 mile journey. And when I say beat, I mean nasty, pounding, can't do anything but be sea sick kinda beat. The wind had been howling at 30 knots for days, so you can only imagine what the sea state was like. The captain thought if we left at daybreak, the wind might not be as strong thus making our 'beat' a little easier. HA....that's all I need to say! You might be scratching your head asking why we would even consider leaving under such conditions. Well, we really wanted to leave Guadeloupe because we didn't feel that warm and fuzzy feeling, but we wanted to check out Pointe a Pitre first. Like I said, we are glutton for punishment!
Leaving Basse Terre under a dark and rainy sky
Rounding the point, bracing for a bumpy ride. We motored with no sails in a direct path hoping we would get it over with faster. No such luck, it was truly a slog that seemed to have no end. The pounding waves kept us from going any faster than 4 knots, at best.
Looking south east toward the sunrise and Les Saintes
This Container ship moved through the rough seas as if it were glass. No fair! However, check out the name of this vessel - "Elizabeth Boye" Perhaps the r got rubbed off.
Tough when you wake up before the sun
Smiling at the calmer water once we closed in on Pointe a Pitre
Patronus bringing up the rear - for once!
Turquoise water as we enter the channel
Happy all the pounding is over
Another happy girl