Day 4: Fishing Gear, Big-Bootied Americans, & Doobie Brothers - Last Minute Provisions On Martinique Before Sailing To Dominica

Day 4: Last Minute Provisioning Before Leaving Martinique And Sailing To Dominica

Sunday, March 25, 2018

06:15 AM Wake up and have a batch of the Devil’s Brew: Way too f$%^ing strong rocket fuel coffee from who-knows-where left on the boat by the Norwegians. Stage cutesy journaling shot with my coffee and catch up on chronicling the events to date.

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07:15 AM Nauseous and jittery from the Devil’s Brew, I choose between having a panic attack or working out. I work out on the deck. Laura creepily watches me from the galley, a standard early morning Laura tactic.

In case you’re wondering what I do/did on this trip to stay committed to my fitness journey - it looked a little something like this:

This was a collaboration I did with Katie Uhran over on her blog about my fitness journey partnering with her, check it out - it includes terrible before and after dance moves!

09:30 AM We try our hand at buying fishing gear, making our fishing supply purchases based on our favorite colors. This experience debunks my prior belief that just because you’re in a relationship with someone in a particular line of work does not mean by osmosis you know anything about it. Apparently, it doesn’t work that way.

11:30 AM Find two of the most elusive and pertinent pieces of equipment: a US to European plug converter and a pair of shorts that fit a big-bootied American woman.

01:00 PM Enjoy lunch at Zanzibar, a chic little heaven serving up Tempura Shrimp and veggies and a mean Americano Maison (That’s French for a House Americano, involving Campari, the drink of the Gods.)

02:30 PM A wave of tiredness hits us, we press through, going into our next struggle of connecting the mainsail to the clip to raise it. It’s a three-person job.

04:00 PM We leave the dock, and we start our overnight passage to Dominica! Bottles of beer and Rosé are popped, we listen to Looking Glass, Steely Dan, Hall and Oates, and the Doobie Brothers… they know the way.

Diamond Rock off Martinique, one of the first sights you’ll see leaving Fort de France!

Diamond Rock off Martinique, one of the first sights you’ll see leaving Fort de France!

05:00 PM We pass Diamond Rock (Not to be confused with the Diamond Dog, Antagonist of The Brothers Bloom film, but equally as cool), and start our Trip log on the GPS system, labelling the trip “The Life and Times of Trippies” - Our play on three peas in a pod, pronounced with a Caribbean accent - “tree peas”…. Trippies… Because for some (read: heart-sickening, truth telling) reason we’re always doing these trips as a three pack. We rock it, though. Another Trippies sailing journey begins.