After 18 Days at Sea, Land At Last
Maldague’s progress toward the island of Saint Martin had been slowed by a succession of small problems. By June 18 he had made it through the halfway point of his journey but wind and waves were building, and his mainsail had ripped yet again. Fortunately, the rip was not too severe and he was able to continue sailing by keeping the sail small and the rip hidden from the wind.
The bad weather continued. Strong currents forced Maldague to zig-zag towards his target, fighting the waves and the wind to try and head in the right direction. “The weather is very strange…I can’t see further than 5 to 10 miles in any direction. I feel trapped under a dome and the days feel very much alike,” he explained in a recent blog post after 16 days at sea.
On June 26, he finally made it to the island. He arrived in Marigot Bay and dropped anchor late in the afternoon. He has enjoyed some uninterrupted rest and is looking forward to touching down on dry land soon.