Greetings from a new correspondent in Guadeloupe!
This hurricane season I shall be monitoring and reporting on the conditions
around Guadeloupe - in particular I will cover
the harbour around Pointe a Pitre where I live on a 53ft cruising yacht.
Let’s hope there is not too much to report!
After a period of convection activity with thunderstorms
over Basse Terre, particularly over the Soufriere
hills, conditions here have now returned to a normal easterly trade pattern, (E
and NE 18-20kts). These winds would have better suited yachts participating in
Le Tour de Guadeloupe last week where, other than on the north coast, a lighter
patch of intermittent and fickle southerly weather persisted through to the
weekend – we had inconsistent wind direction, rain squalls, periods of
overcast skies and humid conditions. Happily blue skies and puffy white clouds
are back so a visit to Les Saintes for the weekend looks promising! By the
weekend we also anticipate lighter ENE and NE wind which will suit our boats
heading up towards the BVI for some late season charters. Without much wind
this season the sea has been so warm - recently my watermaker has broken all
records, producing over 110 litres per hour! In the UK it rated at 70 litres
It’s comforting to see that none of the recent
Atlantic wave patterns monitored have developed into anything serious so far.
Most strong wind patterns seemed to have stayed further South or North of
Guadeloupe this year other than a short northerly biased blast in late February
- we had some very interesting earth tremors at the same time which rather
upset the electrical supply in the marina!
Regards to you all.
NAUTOR'S SWAN CARIBBEAN s.a.r.l.
john AT yachtindaba.com