– 5 April 2011
This morning the full customs team were in attendance to clear us out,
and in fact in as well as yesterday’s effort was only one of the forms
that should have been completed. It was all very Dutch and genial and the
head honcho, was most interested to ascertain the derivation of the boat name.
We slipped at 0940 and motored into the wind to clear round the south
of Statia, that giving us the best up wind position to make St Barts. For
reference, there is an acceleration zone around the south of Statia and the sea
kicks up something to add to the fun. The view back over the volcano
(dormant?) cone is well worth the effort.
The engine is still overheating and it was with some relief that we
were able to round Statia and make St Barts on a fine reach, well reefed down
and making a good speed. There was quite a sea running on the beam and
this resulted in some very wet crew as the occasional wave joined us in the
cockpit! The skipper claimed privilege and sitting in the
helmsman’s seat did not get wet. With responsibility does come the
Gustavia, the capital of St Bart’s, was decidedly busy with some
very large yachts outside including Mirabella V, currently the largest sloop
rigged yacht in the world:
We found a vacant buoy to hang off whilst we cleared customs and
provided entertainment fro a continuous stream of well wishers telling us that
we could not stay there. We did stay, I cleared customs, we had lunch and
then left the circus to itself.
Anse Colombier looked
good in the Pilot so we sailed around the coast to find a perfect bay.
All the mooring buoys were taken so we anchored outside the conservation area
but as the afternoon went on boats left and we were able to move further into
the bay and onto a mooring.