Ambition

Ambition
Our 2002 Hylas 46

Wednesday, March 6, 2019

February Blog


I have not been very good at updating our adventures so far this winter …. let me try to catch up a little on what we have done and seen in February. 

Les Saintes

Just before we left les Saintes we had the wonderful opportunity to see a tall ship set sail and leave the bay under full sail. In four years down here, I have never seen something like this from such a perfect vantage point. 


Many of the tall ship passengers were aboard the lifeboats to be able to take advantage of the photo opportunity as well! 

It was like watching an orchestra ….. starting with a few small sails ....
























Then slowly unfurling the large square sails until finally everything was set and full of wind …. SPECTACULAR
















Les Saintes is also a super spot to take a hike up to one of the three forts and always offers a few beautiful pictures .


From Fort Josephine









From Fort Josephine
From Fort Josephine


Ambition and Unity at Cabrits mooring field

A little hermit crab!


















Always love sunset pictures!





Some of you may remember this cat when it was called My Love lll
A little resort below fort Napoleon









Ferry Dock and downtown Les Saints














We enjoyed a brisk sail from Les Saintes to Pointe a Pitré, Guadeloupe. We took a slip in the Marina Bas du Fort and was surprised at how reasonable the 35 euros per day was for us. The water was free as well! The 110V electrics were still not working so we needed to run the generator every so often to keep the batteries charged up as the wind in the marina was too light for the wind generator. 

We visited the Slave Museum and that was an experience that made us feel more than uncomfortable. It traces the history of slavery from the days of slave trade within Africa and the middle east , then the trade to Caribbean to provide labour for sugar cane plantations as well as building of forts for the English and French on the various islands. It also touched on the slavery in the USA. If you ever get to Ponte a Pitré, this museum must be on your to do list. They do not permit cameras or phones inside but they do provide a audio system guided tour of each of the many presentation rooms. 


Slave Museum
















Slave Museum

















A few pics of the boats in t\he marina.



Sun Reef 74 - all wrapped up for protection!

I love varnished wood on a boat ... as long as it is not on mine!




























One of the Route du Rhum boats
The smaller boat is Eclipse - one of late Paul Allen's fleet






Note the 40' sport fishing boat on the starboard side! It has a 40' sailboat on the port side! Both are launched and retrieved by the mothership!







Little ones Club Med
We joined two of our grandkids at the Club Med in Guadeloupe and hung out at the pool and beach with them and took advantage of the lunch buffet table …. Delicious! 












Cedrick - one of the few times he was out of the water


Maryse battled the Club Med Alligator so the girls could go for a ride!













The kids were on board Ambition for a sleepover / pyjama party complete with favourite pasta dinner, popcorn and ice cream cones. Then we all stayed up way past bedtime since the parents were not there – don’t tell them! 



Clara - "look at my smile!!!"








Super comfortable on board

Born to sail









After sending the kids back to the snow and cold of Montreal, we turned south to visit Dominica. We were here last year and it was amazing to notice that the island is much greener this year and appears to be well on the way to recovery after being devastated by hurricane Irma in Sept 2017. We did our part and did the Indian River tour and here too the hurricane damage is being covered up by the new growth. So many shades of green in Dominica. 

The following pictures were all shot on the Indian River tour. The guide rows us up the river so the outboard doesn't affect the mangroves or the bottom. It is an important fish and wildlife nursery that they try so hard to protect. 





I seem to find crabs!

and more crabs...

Now that is what I call napping! One chilled iguana.





Bananas are just starting
 Forts des Cabrits is a beautifully resorted fort on the north side of Portsmouth Bay. Well worth the park entrance fee and the hike up the hill. Notice that they NEVER built forts along teh shore line so it is ALWAYS a hike up the hill! 



Portsmouth mooring field












Our next destination was St Pierre in Martinique. This village sits at the base of Mt Pelé and was the capital of Martinique and in 1902 a volcano destroyed the entire town and killed all but two of the 33,000 inhabitants. The current town is built upon the ruins of the old buildings is a very picturesque town from the water. 


St. Pierre



St. Pierre
Mount Pelé



Some pictures of the cemetery where many of the 33000 who died are remembered. 
















































Ruins from the volcano of 1902










Ruins of the theatre

 One of the special spots in St Pierre is the DePaz rum distillery. It sits on the side of Mt Pelé in huge fields of sugar cane. It has a spectacular estate and a breathtaking view of the Caribbean Sea. 









Anse Mitan
In the bay of Fort de France on the south side is Anse Mitan, one of our favourite stops. It is a very busy on the weekends but during the week it is much more laid back and fun. At night we have a view of the little town that looks like it could be in the Med on one side and on the other is a view of downtown Fort de France as it stretches along the waterfront for kilometers. 





These caterpillars grow to 6" long!!!




Ste Anne and Le Marin
The Ste Anne and le Marin area of Martinique is a sailors paradise. The marina is huge and the selection of marine stores selling everything you could imagine for boats can be found here along with every marine service a boater might need. 

In Ste Anne the life is much more calm … good restaurants, walking trails and Martinique’s most beautiful beaches and in French style … most are clothing optional …. But like so many clothing optional beaches the folks who partake should not be naked and those that could …. do not! Hence no pictures as once you see that you can’t unsee it! 







Le Diamant


We will spend a little more time here in Martinique then off to St Lucia. Main reason for going .... we are almost out of propane and none is available in the French islands, only in the English islands!  So we will clear out of customs in Martinique, sail 25 miles to St Lucia, clear in to customs and THEN we can fill up our two tanks! An inconvenience I agree but it sure is better than eating all raw food! 

All is good on board Ambition!