|Jerk Chicken and Red Stripe with "Festival", Yumm!|
Unfortunately as the winds started to build they never stopped! Eventually reaching 35kts with seas building as high as 15 ft. Luckily the direction was correct so it was a broad reach and Wahoo did her thing rising up the swells peering over and then sailing down. We had already doused the jib and were sailing with a reefed main so we had a steadying sail already in place. Actually it was about as good as possible under the conditions and while neither of us slept we made Port Antonio in a reasonable amount of time as we were able to sail at about 5kts throughout it all.
While it's not something I want to do again I must say that the really bad part was wondering what the Windward Passage had in store for another Marcomb. While we weren't directly in the passage we were in the approach to it. For any of you who know the story of my brother and his wife, Roger and Lindy, when they hit a storm in this passage and barely escaped with their lives you'll understand my feelings.
|Port Antonio - street work in progress|
The marina, Errol Flynn, is named for the famous actor as he kept a boat here as well as a home. In fact his wife just died and left their 2000 Jamaican acres to their grandson. It's also the best equipped marina we've ever been to. There are both slips and an anchorage, power, water and WiFi, plus a laundry. Also onsite is a pool with bar, beach with beach bar plus a restaurant and bar - all overlooking the beautiful harbour with its surrounding hills and mountains.
|The Harbour from a Port Antonio hilltop|
Having visited twice on a cruise this time we found a much more natural Jamaica filled with the delight of mixing with locals in a relaxed setting.
|Roy being Roy at Boston Beach|
|Boston Beach where Jerk was "invented"|
|Getting Jerk chicken|
|Eating Jerk Chicken|
We ate lots and lots of jerk chicken and pork. Jerk is served with a seasoned fried dough they call Festival. No one could explain the name. But it sure is good.
Part of Reach Waterfalls. We jumped in the falls, swam at the falls and went through a cave into the falls. Regular tourist!
We hate to say it as we could have stayed lots longer but JAMAICA FAREWELL!
The marina even seems to have its own Rasta -rafter who comes to the boat to offer coconut water, bananas, breadfruit and ganja.
Tomorrow we're off for a 165NM passage to Ile a Vache, the island on the SW coast of Haiti which is a must stop on every cruisers bucket list. Benign weather is in the forecast as we actually cross the Windward Passage. All the weather forecasters say the same so lets hope the stars align and we actually do get 5 - 10kts of wind with seas no more than 4 ft all from the East which is the only bad part of the forecast as usual - we're going East.