– 15 March 2011
We felt quite sad leaving Dominica as we had had such a good
time there, however onwards and upwards with a great reach in 15-20kts of north
easterly wind across the Dominica Channel to the Iles des Saintes.
Our course also crossed the site of the Battle of the Saintes. This battle
between the French and the British under Admiral Lord Rodney took place between
9 and 12 April 1782 during the American War of Independence. The battle
pioneered the tactic of “breaking the line” for the British Navy,
helped by a wind shift to the north east, a tactic used by Nelson at Trafalgar
23 years later.
Les Saintes are a group of islands 18 nm to the north
west of Dominica
and 8 miles to the south of Guadeloupe.
Anchoring off the main town of Bourg
de Saintes was fun as the anchorage was crowded, where we could anchor deep and
the wind decided to blow 25-30 kts. Elizabeth
stayed on board as anchor watch whilst I went ashore to clear in.
Entering the main street from the dinghy jetty was rather
surreal. In 20 miles we had come from charmingly basic Portsmouth
to picture postcard holiday France.
Clearing in achieved we decided to head across the bay to anchor under
the shelter of the Ilet Cabrit, much more sheltered from wind and rolling and
very unspoilt there being no permanent buildings on the island.
From our anchorage we can look across to Bourg de Saintes.