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ST CROIX January 19, 2016

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The weather looks good even to the mates standards. Therefore on Saturday we left for St Croix USVI. I wanted to sail as much as possible for the 19 hour trip. We got in some sailing at the beginning then around dusk the wind died. We sailed again from dark till midnight. Then the seas got to be a steady 4-5 on the port quarter and the wind was on our stern plus or minus 20 degrees and only about 8-10 knots. Back to the iron sail. Even then we tried to motor sail and tack down wind. We did not realize till light what was happening with the seas. The wind driven seas were 4’ from the SE and the swell was NE at 6’ with an 12 second period. That is not bad. A lot of uppity up and downity down. Its just when they get together. By sunup, the swell had died to about 4 feet and the wind driven sea was about the same. That means all is the same size from different directions and you have the old wash machine effect. When you were not on watch it was hard to sleep. Very rollie.

20 hours from anchor up to anchor down. Exactly what we had estimated. Sunday was a day of lots of napes. Morning, afternoon, evening and night. I woke up sitting up on a settee about 1:30 am. Woke up at 6:45 just in time to here my weatherman. It takes at least 2 days to get over an overnight.

We are in Christiansted Harbor, St Croix, USVI. This is a big 3 day weekend for the island…, Martin Luther King weekend. “Back in the USA”. The island is closed. That was good. We needed the rest and I had a couple big projects to work on. Projects done. Tuesday we will start exploring the island.

Very slight roll behind the reefs. A lady cruiser we met Sunday said the week before was quite rollie. After Simpson Bay, it could not have been that bad.

No mountains, just hills. I am going to miss the mountains of the Windward and Leeward islands. Mountains and seas are beautiful. By the time we get to the Bahamas, you will be able to stand on deck and see over many of the islands. Boring. Also, no French bakeries. French Bakeries are one of the true joys of life. To sit at a table on the sidewalk and have a cup of their coffee and a pastry or two. Life is good.

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