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Re-rigging underway

Oct 24, 2005

Location: Soufriere, St. Lucia
Author: Chantale
Our overnight passage to St. Lucia held lots of excitment for the crew of Near Enough. As soon as we got out of the lee of Bequia the breeze picked up and Near Enough was sailing at a consistent 6 knots. We had to turn the engine on for couple of hours in the lee of St. Vincent, but resumed sailing quickly thereafter. Around 4am as we changed course towards St. Lucia, the wind came around on our bow and Mark, MC and Boomer had to furl the jib in. However, the furling line had gotten out of the drum and was wrapped around the stay, and as the jib was under tension in the wind, Mark and Boomer had to cut the furling line, unwrap it, and attach it again. Once the operation was complete the wind changed again and we were able to set the jib once more. After the exciting overnight passage we arrived in Soufriere, St. Lucia mid-morning. Near Enough and Ocean Star anchored just south of Soufriere at Anse Mitan, at the base of the Petit Piton. After clearing in and giving Near Enough a good scrub, we brought tanks ashore to fill them and get ready for the next couple of days of scientific diving. After dinner we took the Oceanography quiz and then watched a documentary on Irving Johnson.