And the humidity.
As I have no doubt you can imagine the caribbean looks picture perfect in reality, perhaps better than in the glossy pictures, needless to say it is a beautiful part of the world.
I was very happy to be on my way to the caribbean
whats not in the pictures is just quite how humid the caribbean can get and the mosquitoes that brings with it.
I think I was responsible for helping to maintain the mozzie population whilst I was ashore in the beautiful little islands. I felt like I was food for the little critters for a few months.
I was introduced to an excellent mosquito repellent by my captain which is called off! And apparently not available out side america, which is a pity.
So my quest for the perfect european mosquito repellent continues (all suggestions in the comments please…)
The humidity and mosquitoes are not the only thing present in the Caribbean atmosphere though, another thing which seems to have slipped passed the lenses of travel photographers is the squally rain.
It stands to reason that the squalls would slip past the photographers, being that they are basically fast moving miniature storms. Perhaps the squalls might discourage visitors to come on holiday, but this is simply speculation on my part.
All of this is without fail just part of life in the tropics. The pattens of weather which produce all of this like the weather world wide are driven by the sun. On the subject of world weather patterns, and an inescapable part of caribbean sailing is the trade winds. Not only do these winds provide a blessed relief from humid, mosquito filled air and hurry the angry squalls along. and deliver a few more to boot. Hmmmm.
Keeping cool in the humid
One thing which I found to be an essential part of caribbean sailing was a ‘windscoop’ which kept air circulating through out the day and night, and stopped me sweating my internal organs out.
What did amuse me about the ‘windscoop’ was just how lo tech a solution it was.
I was (unsurprisingly) in a bar talking to a crew member from a big shiny super yacht who found them selves in a bit of a bother, hot and bothered to be precise. Turns out their air con had packed up, which left the whole crew basically slow roasting in their millions of dollars worth of boat.
Owing to the fact the aforementioned yacht was tied up to a dock the boat was position wrong to take advantage of the trade winds, and owing to the fact it was a big shiny super yacht they couldn’t be seen to have a windscoop rigged on deck.
Meanwhile the yacht I’m on is anchored head to wind with its windscoop up. This means it has a nice circulation of fresh, cool air without the slightest hint of electricity to power it.
*produces smug grin*