Day sail to Trois Islet

Martin and Elizabeth Bevan
Wed 9 Mar 2011 14:29

Position           14:32.71N 61:02.41W

Date                2000 – 8 March 2011


This morning we broke away from St Anne and headed out west towards Diamond Rock, see photographs in the 9 February log entry (was it really a month ago?), before turning north to follow the coast towards Fort de France.  It was great to be sailing again and there were some interesting sights.


This French topsail schooner, La Belle Espoire, was anchored under Diamond Rock and made a splendid scene:



This magnificent fully rigged ship, the Stadt Amsterdam, was anchored in Grande Anse d’Arlet, a sight that would have been quite the norm in the late 19th century when all of the bays down the coast were host to trading ships.




We made a lunch stop at Anse Noir, a very beautiful bay, named after the black (grey) sand on the beach:



It is somewhat narrower than the photograph suggests with the wind being funnelled between the hills on one side and the cliffs on the other.  Good for lunch.


For the foodies, lunch as somewhat special with crab and avocado tortilla wraps, the crab out of the deep freeze from Las Palmas and avocado, more the size of a melon, from the market in St Anne.


We looked at Anse Mitan as an overnight anchorage but it was rather rolly so we carried on back to Trois Islet, 2 miles around the headland and much more protected where we anchored off the golf course; see logs for 10 and 11 February.


Dinner - Chicken Korma curry, chicken also from the freezer and Las Palmas.  We must be getting to the bottom of the freezer soon!  It is all part of the policy of lightening the ship – honest.