We have arrived in Barbados and spent the last few days racing around replenishing supplies, having the laundry done and attempting to find where we can purchase worn parts that must be replaced – to no avail.

Tomorrow afternoon, we depart for Martinique – a 1 day sail – where the boat facilities are reputed to be exceptionally good.


Our 29 day sail from St Helena was a little slow, but the best we have experienced to date. Even at the equator, we were not wind free so Big Bertha really only ran for recharging the batteries on cloudy days and to give additional impetus when the wind was a little light.

Dolphins and birds entertained us on numerous occasions.