Our 2002 Hylas 46

Thursday, April 5, 2018

Carriacou to Les Saintes.

Restaurant and Bar in Clifton, Union Island

Moorings in Clifton

Sailed to Tyrrel Bay, Carriacou, Grenada. A nice little toot! Cleared in to Customs EC$110. 


A relatively large new grocery store in town. Very nice. 

Met the folks at Lumbadive and set up schedule for starting diving the following morning.

LumbaDive PADI 5 Star
First time I see this – a modified trimaran what you tie you boat up alongside if you want stainless steel fabrication or repairs! 

The Stainless Shop AFLOAT

Getting our diving certification accomplished was our prime reason to come to Carriacou – unfortunately Maryse needs to wait to see a dive doctor in Montreal before completing her in- water portion of her certification. 


LumbaDive has atradition that all certifications are honoured with a toe nail painting – im case, they used a roller instead on the little brush – a Mant family trait of BIG toes! 

A very bumpy and salty sail from Carriacou to Bequia. Made good time but we were beat at the end. The rolling on the swells was tough. Cleared in Customs at 5PM and all is good. 
Started to wash / rinse Ambition from all her crusty salt - but I got lucky and 10 minutes in and it started to rain - just long enough to let me chamois the fresh water off - SWEET. 

We met up with old friends that we met in the Bahamas who are here for a resort vacation – great catching back up with Laura and Graeme from Ottawa. 

We did a LONG and difficult walk today with MJ, JF, Coleen, and Jeff and Marsha (UJammin) great sights and a stop for adult beverages at the end. Lunch and back on board - early to bed with a Tylenol each. Lights out…DONE!

In to town for a few provisions and clearout of customs - off to Jack's for rum punch happy hour with Hope and Cassiopee. Lots of laughs and then back on board Cassiopee til 10ish great friends.

A great sail today from Bequia to Rodney Bay St. Lucia and early this morning we saw our first whale. It was on the surface and like ALL - by the time we got the camera out, it slipped below the surface and all we could see was that he was still there, just not very visible. 

St Vincent
St Vincent

St Lucia - The Pitons

Next stop - Fort de France. Full sails including staysail WOW! Stopped at Marina D'Abrizzio for fuel. Then back to the fort for anchoring and customs clearance. 
Shopping this morning - crazyness as everyone is out for Easter shopping! Decide to stay put as the ocean swells are N so no use going to St Pierre for the next few days. Early morning the entire cities dump truck and cement mixers are clogging up downtown for a labour strick – the noise is unbelievable! 

Parade of Cement Mixers!!!

Sailed most of the way from Fort de France to St. Pierre. Did our clear-out and all ready to go tomorrow for Les Saintes.

Anchorage in St Pierre

Up at 3:30 AM and underway at 4:15 AM. Just a little calm as we motored along the length of Dominica.

Dead Calm!

Had to motor past Dominica 

But then an awesome sail to Les Saintess. 50 degrees 15 apparent doing 10 knots in water and 8.0 SOG WOW. 

We are REALLY moving' now!!!

Anchored as there were no mooring balls available. 

Pain de Sucre

Pain de Sucre

Our anchor chain in the clear water

We could see 30 feet down!

Les Saints

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