Hard sailing trip to Martinique

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Just before we left we had a presentation on the Grenada Sailing
We arrived in Le Marin, Martinique today; exhausted from 43 hours helming and tacking against strong winds. In the first night we recognized that the riggers smashed the navigation light when they hammered like hell on top of the mast trying to undo the halding bolt of the forstay. Fortunately we managed to do a improvision navigation light.
Then the motor stops, because we have had an air leak somewhere (I think). So we were forced to sail and put all electronics off to save electricity. We managed to run the engine by putting the diesel hose directly into a Diesel canister. In the shadow of St. Vincent and St. Lucia I was working on the engine;
result: we had the engine back to navigate into Le Marin; but still the stuffing box gets very hot.
Yolanda Forde from Barbados joined us on this trip. Sailboat White Princess escorted us till St. Lucia. There we lost contact with them in a thunder storm.
Tomorrow Philippe Leconte from Caribes Gr

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