Still @ South Side Marina

At the end I didn’t go.  Why?

I didn’t sleep well Sunday/Monday night thinking about what to do.  Antares’ rudder tube — where the steering quadrant connects to the rudderstock — needs attention. A potential leak is developing, in part because the clamps around the flexible stuffing box are rusted and can fail.  The likelihood of that happening during a period of three days sailing non-stop in rough seas, with the rudder under constant strain, was non-negligible. On top of this, why going to Jamaica now ? We had decided, after all, to explore some of the leeward islands and Granada.  So I decided to stay.

But I m not happy with my decision. I feel frustrated; at the end there was no passage, no movement. My neighbors left two nights ago. They are going to Panama with a stop in Jamaica.  They were close to the windward passage when I was writing this yesterday.  They are not at Eron Flint Marina in Jamaica !  I m still here.  Tomorrow I ll be moving Antares to the shipyard and leave it there during the hurricain season…

 

Antares waiting...

 

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