We have just parked in the Road Harbour and await our new crew.
This sailing trip is very special to me, as it will be FIRST ONE driven by me as a skipper. I am totally excited and barely remember to breath, but Jasiek is just next to me and always happy to support me. It is totally different story, when you are in charge and every decision you take is binding. Weather forecast is very smooth with a wind around 15 knots from the east. Distances between islands are maximum 20 nM and mostly only few miles, so should be a nice, easy going cruise in a beautiful area.
We sailed to Tortola from St. Maarten with a stop in amazing Baths Bay on Virgin Gorda Island so alredy have great first impression.
Wish me luck and Jasiek patience for my slow manouvers hahahahaha
What a beautiful one way with a great diversity of the Islands.
We started in Martinique in Le Marin marina, which is already very well known by us and sailed north west up to British Virgin Islands. In 9 days we sailed 353 nM doing 2 night passages to save time for daylight sightseeing of islands. Our crew was also excited to take part in the night navigation shifts and to check any new light on the horizone. From Martinique we went to our beloved Dominica and met with Albert and Felix. We took an advantage to visit Polish tallship Chopin, which was anchoring in Portsmouth. Pretty exciting, as for me it was first time on such a big ship. Maybe one day I will be part of a crew there. Who knows…
Another great island on the way was Guadeloupe. Very nice suprise, as the island is really beautiful and people are very friendly. As there were no cars to rent left, we decided to hop on any bus and see what comes next. Then quick hichhiking and final result was 8 cars, 1 bus, few amazing places and actually whole island drove through. From Pigeon Island to Deshaies, Grand Anse, Point a Pitre, Saint Anne and through mountains. Than quick hop on board and night sail to St. Kitts.
Suprising change of the island character, as St. Kitts looks very dry and compare to Guadelupe totally different. Small sightseeing and chill in beautiful bay. Exactly what we were looking for.
Next day was a looong day sailing to St. Maarten. Lovely weather, smooth sailing and good moods. Simply amazing. Jasiek was looking for a new outboard engine, so we spend few hours motoring from Simpson Bay to Marigot etc. Unfortunately we didn`t manage up to Maho beach, where you can observe landing planes just above your head.
Another night passage to British Virging Island with an amazing pit stop in Bath Bay on the Gorda Island. Beautiful baby blue water, sandy beach and big stones doing a nice labirynth for the water.
We are finising our cruise in Tortola saying goodbye to Arlene, Gary, Karolina, Darek and Maciek.
I Simple loved this one way, thanks to much sailing and variety of nature and landscapes.
After a nice, chilled out vacation break in Poland, it is time to return to the hard life in Caribbean.
I know, life sucks :p
I am first flying again to US to visit my Family and pick up my bag. After couple of days I will reach sunny Martinique, where after quick preparation, we start another cruising. There are 5 main parts this time starting on March 7th and finishing on May 18th.
1. one way: Martinique, Dominica,
Antigua & Barbuda, St. Maartin, British Virgin Islands (BVI)
2. around BVI,where we are additionally planning to make some nice dives
3. crossing the Atlantic Ocean again 🙂 so BVI, Bermuda, Azores
4. one way: Azores – Portugal 5. boat maintanace in Lisbon
I think, i should write an extended post abouth packing for such long trip. I think, I reached the mastery already!!
I have packed in an extramely small backpack (20 liters handbag)!! How??
Sadly, i left the boat. But the plan was not that bad. I flew to Dominican Republic to visit my good friend Monika. She has lived in plenty of countries (Spain, China, Chile, and Bulgaria) and I have always visited her there, so it becomes already a tradition. I flew to Santo Domingo and after a quick checking what is going on in this city I moved to Monika to Bayahibe. This town is really nice and not too touristic compare to Punta Cana. There are trips on the Catamaran to the Saona Island, but it did not look too attractive to me, after such a nice sailing time in Windward Islands. So we basically chilled on the beach, had nice dinners, funny party etc. More like a local life style, than an all inclusive tourist. We visited Punta Cana few times, but it is for me like vacation nightmare – only resorts and no real life.
After Dominican Republic I went to US to visit my family. I was so close, that there was no excuse not to go. However the vision of the winter was a bit terrifying. I spent funny time with Lukasz, Agnieszka and my lovely Kasia with Derick. I am a Godmother of a sweetest girl in the world. Besides I managed to see Magda and Susy with Lucy, who hosted me in Bolivia 3 years ago J
We managed to do a quick tour in NY, while Jasiek was flying via US. We had the best guide in NY – Marco, who told us plenty of funny stories and even though the weather was really bad, we had a great time.
I have also managed to plan my next parts of the trip, so: Jamaica, Europe and back to Caribbean
After crossing the Atlantic Ocean I have spent a month in the Caribbean Windward Islands. For first 2 weeks, it was only 2 of us trying to combine nice vacation time with boat maintenance. We have focused on the Martinique and outstanding Dominica. During those 2 weeks we managed to totally clean PILIGRIM, repair Genoa sail, anchor relay, pimp the stairs, do 12 washing machines, squeeze shrouds, change oil, clean filters etc. Hard work, but also amazing time: full of complicated technical lessons mixed with unforgettable preparation of Pierogi (Polish Dumplings) for the Christmas Eve.
We met few interesting people and lived nice, simple life. Justyna, Tomek, Albert, Marika, Klaudia, Ela are part of this time. After the Christmas we have started the commercial route to the Windward Island. Whole route took us 11 days and was very well prepared. To save some money and time, Jasiek had a great idea to make a night passage from Martinique straight to Bequia in St. Vincent and Grenadines. Besides lovely Bequia, we have visited as well Union and Palm Island, Mayreau with Saltwistle Bay, where we spend our New Year`s Eve Party, Tobago Cays for after party chill and on the way back: Mustique and St. Vincent with its Wallilabou and Cumberland Bays and finally St. Lucia with outstanding Pitons. Of course I have climbed one 🙂
Whole route is fully recommended as besides lovely views, there is very nice interior. Unfortunately there are no cheap fruits or vegetables. In general food in Caribbean is surprisingly bad and expensive. We had some lovely chilling moments, snorkeling, visiting “Antek”, who is a fan of Poland J Dying after an “easy trekking” to Petit Piton. Hahaha that was good, I guess I could not find easier way for the first warm up walk after such a long time on the boat… This easy trek was a pretty technical challenge, where half of the way is with the ropes and some of vertical climbs. Easy one…
Unfortunately every good thing must reach their end. This time as well… So sadly I had to say goodbye to Jasiek and Windward Islands.
Now it is time to visit Monika in Dominican Republic. I have already visited Monika in Spain, China, Chile and Bulgaria, so I can be prepared for a lot of fun
I have promised to prepare the movie from the Atlantic Passage. It took me a while and was a bit of challenge to do 4 minutes movie from 4 weeks of trip, but I hope that you will feel at least a part of the excitement we had during this outstanding cruise.
Amazing people, great atmosphere, safety and very professional preparation. Simple life, highlighting beauty of no civilization.
Please share your opinion with me and of course the movie if you like it
Many great thanks to Captain Jasiek, OrtemSails and rest of the crew for this unforgettable cross.
Decision taken: we go north to visit Dominica (do not mix it with Dominican Republic).
Seems to be an outstanding island, not too typical for Caribbean region. For us it is even more excitement, as we are planning to finally spend some more time on the ground ;p walking might be challenging and funny.
Custom was easy, you just need to knock the custom door and you get the stamp. We met Albert – local guide and with his advice we have reanchored in safer area. Next day was sacrificed for some technical work on the Piligrim (our boat) but as well for a nice break to visit the Indian River. Pretty outstanding rainforest views and interesting stories about Dominica. On Monday we decided to rent a car to make a whole island tour. WOW. This island is surely worth to visit. Lovely views, finally some tasty food in Caribe and smiling people. Niceeeee. We split to save some time and I ended up alone in rental company. I got a lovely automatic left hand car (same as in Europe) but it is required to drive on the left side of the road. Seriously. I am gonna kill myself or somebody else. So driving to Jasiek I was simply funny. I was only repeating to myself: no gears and I drive on left side. We had a great time while visiting Dominica, boosting Roussau, calm seasides, beautiful views from the hills and plenty of unbelievable colorful plants. There are 365 rivers in Dominica so the nature is really outstanding. Fully recommended.