Saturday, May 9th, 2015
We just sailed by a small fleet of Haitian fishing boats, here in the Jamaica channel, just seven miles from the coast of Haiti. Being sailors by choice, we think its super cool that they are using sail power and oars in their hand-built wooden boats, but we suspect that they would actually prefer an aluminium boat with a nice big outboard given the choice. Donald bought a couple of lobsters from one boat for a Sunday treat.
SHIPS WORK: Switched out a fore t’gallant to fix a tear, replace port main brace, service brace pennant and outer block, replace becket, whippings on new topsail sheets.
BOUND FROM: Oranjestad, Aruba, Caribbean Sea
TOWARDS: Lunenburg, Nova Scotia, Canada
TIME ZONE: GMT -3
NOON POSITION: 18°35.8’N /074°33.0’W
DAYS RUN: 125nm
PASSAGE DISTANCE RUN: 452nm
DISTANCE REMAINING: 1,708nm
COURSE AND SPEED: North East by North, Course made good 029° true, 7.5 knots
WIND: Wind Force 2, North
WEATHER: Fair, 3/8 cloud cover, barometer 1018 millibars and steady, visibility very good
SWELL HEIGHT & DIRECTION: North 0-1 m
SAILS SET: Just took in all sail to steam through the flat calm here in the wind-shadow of Haiti and Dominican Republic
Haitian fishing boats