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Hummingbird getting ready for Jamaica!

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So a new voyage has begun! We have assembled on board hummingbird ready for a few days of training and cruising around the windward isles, before a beefy 980nm ocean passage across the Caribbean Sea to Jamaica later this week. Yesterday was quite an intense day of instruction in all things safety and sail-y. A barrage of tropical squalls tried to delay our fun but we were keen to get out of Rodney Bay, St Lucia, and finally get Hummingbird singing south to Marigot Bay. A short hop for day 1, but enough to whet our appetites. As the sun began to set upon our arrival we had a slight battle on our hands – as perfectly poetically described by crew member Phil: “One wet and windy Sunday/ we went to sail away/ played MOB and sailed to sea/ and then to Marigot Bay. // We tried to drop the anchor/ we found it rather tricky/ we dropped it many many times/ but the sea bed wasn’t sticky!” It took us a grand total of 8 (!!) anchor drops to finally get our usually trusty spade to dig in. (Surely a record?!) But after a night of anchor watch under the stars with the soft crash of the waves against the rocks nearby, and having woken up to a stunning panorama of palm trees and hillsides, we can happily say the challenge was worth it. Today we head north, across the way to Martinique, for a longer day sail full of sail manoeuvres. Here’s hoping the anchor takes to Martinique waters a little more easily! Holly