Our sail from Roseau Dominica to St-Pierre, Martinique was a delight! The winds were favourable. It is interesting how the wind and seas behave when you are in the lee (protected side) of an island. We left Roseau and the winds were almost calm – not even worth putting the sails up. By the time we reached the end of the island the wind had picked up to 15 knots steady with gusts to 20 and seas reached what was expected – 8 to 10 feet. Ambition with a reef in both the genoa and mainsail heeled at 10 degrees and scooted along at 8 knots and at times almost 10 surfing down the backside of the larger swells.
|Arrival in St Pierre|
|Church under reconstruction|
Back into the dinghy and back to Ambition – OH NOOOOOOO, she is nowhere near the spot we left her and in fact she is only 200 feet away from another sailboat. This is NOT good. Fire up the engine, and immediately start to retrieve the 150’ of chain that we had laid out on the bottom. The hunt resumed for better spot. Further down the beach the water is only 20 feet deep instead of 35 so we try again to get the anchor to hold. This time it works like it should do and after a quick swim, Maryse confirms in fact that the anchor has all but disappeared into the sandy bottom – ahhhhh we will sleep well tonight!
|Tomb of all 30,000 who perished|
|The marble entrances were for the elite only!|
We took a short hike up the statue that overlooks the town.
|Statue - Le Vierge de Marie des Marine|
|View from the Statue over the town|
As we left St Pierre we had a beautiful view for the first time of the top of Mt Pelee ..... WOW
|No white hat on the mountain|
|Mt Pelee clear!|