Well, finally Jon and Kate arrived here in Rodney Bay St
Lucia at 0930hrs on 7th Feb 2007, aboard Aries their 34 ft sailboat after 32
days at sea. A normal passage for them would be, maybe 22days, but the
trade winds didn't blow as they should, so most of the time they had little
wind, and one week with virtually nothing.
The picture shows Aries entering the lagoon, Chaser can been
seen at anchor in the background of photo one.
Essential supplies were running short, i.e.. tea bags, toilet
rolls etc. OK they had food, plenty of pasta and beans, fish is always on the
menu when at sea. Fresh produce, crispy salads, chips! are non
existent. Fruit and veg, although well stocked in Gran Canaria, doesn't
keep for many days, especially if it has been chilled prior to selling. Bananas,
green when you buy them until they go yellow, problem is they all go yellow the
They have a watermaker, which proved to be a serious asset,
they have a Satellite phone which enabled them to keep in touch with family and
friends, for weather forecasts etc. another essential peace of kit.
So they arrived, to our reception, with a welcoming rum
punch, with ice! and some cold beers to chase it down,16 years after they
welcomed us here in Rodney Bay when they lived here aboard Aries, and we arrived
by plane for a one month holiday.
During the couple of months we've been here, we
have met many of Jon and Kates friends who we met when we were here during our
holiday 16 years ago it's quite bazaar!
So we arranged their berth, filled them with a little high
octane after having a dry boat for 32 days, and left them to clear in at customs
and immigration in a slightly inebriated state.
After having an afternoon siesta, after all we had to join
them in the early morning festivities, we met up for a meal in the Boat
pub, and a beer or two, or maybe 3.
At the late hour of 20.30hrs we arrived home, Jon, Kate and
Sophie went back to their boat for their first, comfortable, worry free,
undisturbed sleep for 32 days. We know how it feels,