Monday, January 16, 2012

We had a busy few days in Rodney Bay in St Lucia. Sails to pick up, fuel and water to get, last minute provisioning and loads of laundry to do, so that we could make the weather window (period of good weather) across to Martinique. In the mean time Steve from Meteor had managed to get a day pass at the Sandals resort after a Hobie Cat had scratched down the side of his hull; we went along with him in lieu of his absent crew. What a treat; eat and drink all you can. Sim started with a burger and carried on in that manner for the rest of the day. I was feeling a bit under the weather with a cold but Sim and Steve didn’t let the side down, playing table tennis and taking the hobie cats out – plus constantly replenishing their thirst with varying rum drinks. It was a lovely way to spend our second to last day in St Lucia.

We arrived with Steve in Annes D’Arlet on the south west corner of Martinique on Thursday where we met our friends Imagine who had arrived the day before with a couple of other boats we knew as well. Annes D’Arlet is a very pretty little fishing village with a slightly touristy slant. The sea is crystal clear even in 10meters of water. Turtles pop up for air after feeding on the weedy seabottom. Sand dollars are scattered across the seabed. The beach is lined with a pretty promenade with a few bars and cafes and not much else. Green hills frame the bay. It really is very picturesque. Fresh French Baguettes can be bought in the morning and a “Lorraine” beer sipped on in the evening. The neighbouring town of Grand Annes D’Arlet to the south is only 10 minute walk away. It has a little more to it, an extra street, and a church with a pretty steeple, a tiny nondescript cinema, a meat market and fish market and an ATM. We’ve spent the days mostly onboard attending to little jobs. The weather has been fairly windy, despite this fact and with little change in the forecast we are feeling the need to press on. Tomorrow we may move up to St Pierre at the north end of the island where not so long ago we had the car with Martin and Claire. Thursday we will try and make it up to the north end of Dominica and wait for the seas to reduce a little before we carry on up to St Martin.

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