Circumnavigating Grande Terre: Yate to Lavaissere

From Yate’, we intended to sail to Canala, but after a brisk, downwind sail, we turned in to Lavaissere Bay. We decided to come into this bay because it was a shorter distance to the anchoring spot than in Canala Bay. We made it through the opening in the reef, which was about 1/4 mile wide, and then one of our engines died. We managed to get into the anchorage and set our anchor before the second engine died.

Whew! Dorothy got into the dinghy with a bridle off the stern and pulled ADAGIO away from the shore and its fringing reef, while Steve replaced the Racor fuel filter, refilled the day tank and bled the engines. The wind came from all points of the compass, turning us around and around. By sunset Steve had got the genset and port engine running, and had fixed the starboard engine before dark. The wind decreased at sunset. We took distance bearings on shore to monitor our position, as well as using the position on the electronic chart and GPS. We are anchored in the southeast corner of the bay. The other anchorages recommended in the cruising guide are even more windy than where we anchored.

We have marked this a DO NOT anchor spot on our charts!

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