A stop in Petite Anse d’Arlets for a superb lunch followed by a snorkel and swim! The wind didn’t cooperate for a sail back to Fort de France so we motored all the way and said goodnight to our guests, with a wish for a great vacation!
|Sandals Resort - Rodney Bay|
|Ambition on the right|
Next stop was a short sail to Marigot Bay – this bay is entirely sheltered from the ocean and is almost invisible as you arrive. Legend has it that the British admiral hid his fleet of ships in Margot Bay from the pursuing French fleet, by tying palm branches in the masts to disguise them!
|This can be yours for just UD$60,000 a week!|
The next morning early at 7AM - motored our way to the end of the island and then a great sail in a little bumpy conditions at 45 deg upwind - also it appeared that the west bound current got us, we kept the angle but our destination drifted west. Half way across the bumps died down and then just 70 minutes before our arrival, the wind shifted and that took us within less than a mile of our planned destination in St Anne, a nice sail indeed. The harbour is still populated with many anchored boats but far fewer than when we were here last year.
|Anchorage at Ste Anne|
Left the boat for a walkabout on the Anse des Salines trail. 2 hours out and 2 hours back – invigorating to say the least! Stop for LOTS of cold water and beers at Pirates Beach Bar and Resto - ended up having lunch - it was all good!
Back to Anse Mitan and met up with friends Andrew and Carolyne on board Askari a beautiful new Oyster 475 for a 5 à 7. They are making their way home to Australia for 2020. The next evening Maryse wowed them with one of her new signature meals of confit de Canard with a lime rice …. Mmmm.
|Our boat now .... poop ownership!|
|Chris Doyle's boat - he writes all our cruising guides|
|Captain and Admiral!!!|
|Sunset in Bequia|
The next morning we cleared in to Customs for St Vincent and the Grenadines. Port Elizabeth is a beautiful little spot and we really need to come back next year and spend more time here. Beer is a tad pricey here at EC$99 (Cdn$50) for 24 cans and the only wines are Barefoot! Stopped in at Bar One, which is a floating bar in the center of the anchorage - a great little spot!
When we returned to the boat, we were joined in the bay by a 120’ Perini Navi sailboat – spectacular …. I think the lit 5 spreaders is an international requirement for the start of cocktails!!! We didn’t get an invite however!
|Same boat in daylight!|
Back in Bequia for Easter – a weekend of sailboat races and festivities. We did however notice that anchor lights on the mast head, which in Canada and US are mandatory … are far less popular down here! In this anchorage alone we see everything from no lights at all, to SOS strobe lights, to a dim garden LED lamp in the cockpit and of course someone who bought the bright LED flashing light on the stern rail. How there are not more accidents at night is beyond me.
|Imagine getting up this hill in a snow storm!|
|Some friends leaving the anchorage|
|Getting ready for a spa hoist!|
|Up and pulling hard!|
|Not ALWAYS sunny down here|
By Monday afternoon we had completed our customs clearance out (a touch expensive at EC$165 since it was a holiday weeknd), the Easter festivities transformed into two huge parties on the beach, each with its own DJ. To say that this was a collision of music would be a HUGE understatement - it was a train wreck of Rap and what sounded like very angry DJ’s! During dinner an executive decision was taken. Rather than wait until 2 AM next morning to leave, lets get out NOW!
|wet wet wet|
|Doesn't rain often but when it does.....|
|Just before the green flash|
|Didn't;t get an invite here either!!!|