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Dominica and the Green Flash – Starling, Saturday 12th January 2019

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Another absolutely cracking day with a perfect sail from St Pierre in Martinique to Roseau in Dominica. Naturally we raced Hummingbird once again and after perhaps being a little over zealous with a full main stay sail and Yankee 1 we soon all agreed that a reef may be more appropriate as we cleared the top of Martinique and the breeze freshened.

We managed to make water before we hit a huge patch of sarcasm (sargassum seaweed) that we were forced to sail through. Thankfully neither engine or generator were running and so we avoided filling any filters with the rather irksome flora.

We pipped Hummingbird to the proverbial post making it an even 1 all on the racing front so far.

As we approached Roseau in Dominica 2 very welcoming representatives from ‘Sea Cat Services’ came to greet us on a colourful skiff and guide us to a mooring. They then accompanied Chris and myself to Customs to clear in and we arranged a full day of exploration with them for tomorrow including waterfalls, rainforests and sulphur springs.

A resident turtle has circumnavigated the boat once or twice and an evening swim was enjoyed as the sun finally set. I can’t believe I’m going to say this but, we also saw the green flash. Hundreds of sunsets at sea and finally, it happened………