We continue to sail nearly every day. This is very different from our experience last year, when we often would sit at anchor for a week between passages.
And the sailing has been great! Most days we have been able to sail at very comfortable angles to the wind, which means we sail fast and directly to our destination. Winds have been very strong this year, nearly always more than 20 knots (40 kilometers/hour, Beaufort 6). We have been sailing very fast -- which for our boat means speeds around 8.5 knots (16 km/hr) or even more. We have also sailed almost every day with our sails reefed, to cope with the strong winds.
Blue skies, blue water, sun shining, and fast sailing. It doesn't get any better than that!
We are now in Isles des Saintes, which are several small islands off the coast of Guadeloupe. This is a fantastic, beautiful anchorage, with pastel-colored houses in the village. Guadeloupe is a part of France, and the French influence is very strong, especially in the restaurants, wine selections, and general attitude.
We have only two more passages before arriving in Antigua. We expect to be there on Wednesday.