Yes, we've made it to a whole new island for
a change, after retracing old ground (or sea) recently. Since the last blog,
we've done some shopping in Point a Pitre - new genoa sheets and more fishing
kit - and sailed back to the Saintes to use the broadband WiFi available in the
anchorage. Now we've tacked up East to the second largest island in the
Marie Galante lies to the SE of the main
Guadeloupe island and is mainly noted for sugar cane and the resultant Rum
distilling... The island is roughly circular - just over 8 (nautical)miles
across and mainly low-lying, just a couple of hundred metres at the highest. We
are anchored off Saint Louis on the NW side, well sheltered from the SE wind and
We arrived two days ago, having enjoyed yet
another good sail from Les Saintes, but it has taken us until today to gather
the energy to rent a car for a look around the island. It is a pretty sleepy
place though perfectly pleasant, so we won't bore you with pictures of sugar
cane growing. There are some rather good beaches, generally protected by reef so
therefore safe bathing (see pic). Here is a picture of George, tirelessly
working away to research material for the blog - we are able to report that
lunch in the beachfront cafes is very tasty and good value (though the wind is
rather a trial for one's hair!).
As we have a few days to dawdle away here,
we rigged the new awning, which process we're getting the knack of fairly well.
It does keep things cool during the day and is worth the ten minutes it takes to
rig. The sharp-eyed blog readers will notice the St Piran's Cross - the flag of
Cornwall - flying from the port spreaders. In fact we saw a yacht from Fowey
flying the St Piran's Cross in Deshaies when we were sailing north to drop Marco
in Antigua, so as ever, it's a small world.
There is a second section of awning to cover
the foredeck and the hammock can be rigged underneath. Expect a full report of
how comfortable this is in a future blog.
And just in case you think we're having it
too easy, we've noticed a link in our primary anchor chain that we're not
entirely happy with. As it's just beyond the 40 metre mark, we strongly suspect
that it's a dodgy chain extension by the utterly useless Sea Ventures Limited of
Lymington (there, I've said it !). You can't really expect a new chain to
wear out in only two years so we think it cannot have been up to scratch from
But moving on.... still on anchoring, we now
have 4 anchors for the yacht. The main CQR, a secondary Fortress and the
original Brittany as the tertiary anchor. But we decided that wasn't enough so
we bought a small Fortress for use as an easy-to-set stern anchor to keep the
bows into the swell in those anchorages where wind & swell don't coincide.
(Often you get a northerly swell and an easterly wind, so if you're not
sheltered from the north, you get roll.)
I guess that's enough technical stuff for
this week. We have a few jobs to catch up with and a good spring clean before
Ian and Alan join.
George & Michael