We are currently in Rodney Bay at the marina, cleaning the boat for our last month on board. We have been able to visit once more with Lady M I and Star Eyes. It is the one thing that we have really enjoyed, running into cruisers that we met in previous years.
Tomorrow we will be going south along the island. We hope to stop at several snorkeling sites between Marigot Bay and the Pitons. We will not have access to the internet for the next few days until we sail to Bequia.
We will be hauled out of the water in Trinidad on May 16th and will be back in Calgary on May 24th.
My cousin Erica left us yesterday after spending 2 weeks with us sailing from Grenada, through the Grenadines to St Lucia. We will be here for 2 more days waiting for a good weather window to sail to Martinique. I will be posting notes from her trip over the next day or so; be sure to go back to see the pictures.
We went to the St Lucia Yacht Club for New Years Eve. Our friends Velma and Mark from Kardia joined us for the evening. The club started us with a glass of champange and then served mahi mahi and barbequed ribs for dinner with cheesse cake for dessert. The restaurant next door had a live band so we had music all night (some even went dancing!!). And to top off the night, there were 3 sets of fireworks at midnight to watch.
On Saturday we decided to take the local bus to Rodney Bay. A boat that we had cruised with last year, Bay Pelican, was there and we hoped to meet them for lunch. We got a ride into Castries with a taxi and spent some time at the local market. Saturday is the big market and with 2 cruise ships in, all the vendors were there.
After buying a few fresh fruits, we hopped on the bus for Rodney Bay. We had lunch with Deb and Marty from Bay Pelican and they convinced us to sail up to Rodney Bay for a few days. Our friends Velma and Mark from Kardia were also anchored in the bay so we were able to catch up with all their news too.
The winds and seas are going to be high for the next few days so we will be here until Thursday or Friday.
We left Dominica on March 17th and sailed about 35 mile to St Pierre in Martinique. We had a great sailing day, winds were about 10-12 knots and we were at or close to hull speed (7.6 knots) a lot of the time. We anchored off of the big cathedral and started discussing our next destination. We thought it would be nice to sail down to Fort-de-France, the capital of Martinique, and explore the city for a day or two. When we listened to the weather forecast in the morning, we use Chris Parker on BelleAmi, he suggested that the best day over the next week to travel to St Lucia was March 18th. So we headed out after his forecast for Rodney Bay. The winds were stronger than on the 17th but we still managed to sail most of way. Because of the wind direction, we decided to go to Marigot Bay instaed of Rodney Bay. We were here in early December and enjoyed it. We are glad to be back on a mooring ball just off the fuel dock at The Marina at Marigot Bay.
We have great internet connection here and may be here for awhile.