New Town, Dominica to Bequia...
John and Susie Blair.
Thu 23 Jan 2014 00:00
We sailed on down the rugged coast of Dominica towards the town of New
Town, near Roseau and one of my favourite anchorages. It was Connies
Birthday so we joined them with Fuego, Sam wich and Buckaroo aboard
Gitanos for celebratory drinks and Birthday cake.
Our friends are keen to keep moving as they've things to do and people to
see in Grenada which means we'll stay together for now as Susie and myself
are keen to be in Bequia for the music festival starting on the 23rd of Jan.
We continued south to Martinique with a short stop over at Anse Mitan
which is just across the bay from the capital Fort De France. It was a
popular anchorage with many yachts, the dinghy dock was within a man-
made enclosed bay in front of a lovely hotel complex.
We walked into the village and had Panini's for breakfast at a roadside
eaterie before having a wander about. Sightseeing done and fresh baguettes
purchased, we returned to Chelone and continued on our journey south.
Our friends aboard their boats Gitanos and Hanaman had overnighted in
Grand Anse D'Arlets a short way down the coast and we'd arranged to
meet up with them in Rodney Bay Saint Lucia. I took some video as we
sailed along between the islands, I'll try to upload it to YouTube and post
Rodney Bay is a familiar stopover for Susie and myself, we anchored off the
beach and went ashore to clear Customs. We met up with our friends and
friends of theirs, another American couple Randy and Janet who as it turned
out, I'd met Randy at Customs check-in in St.Kitts before Christmas!
We had a wander around the shops and with it being my Birthday Randy and
Janet invited us over to their lovely Catamaran 'Lipari' across the bay for
an evening in company with themselves plus Bruce and Connie from Gitanos.
Onward down St.Lucia's coast and we arrive at the awesome anchorage
between the famous 'Pitons'.
I wandered around in the jungle opposite
Chelone and found Calabash and Coconuts then later, Bruce suggested we
share a cab and visit a Cocktail Bar mentioned in the guide book that
overlooks the bay and Pitons....lovely job!
The 'Ladera' certainly had the 'Wow' factor!. As we walked through
to the front of the bar we were met by one of the most amazing views I think
I've ever seen, the pics/video I took don't do it justice.
We sat together enjoying our cocktails and reflected on the day's sailing
etc, our moored boats in view below in the fading light.
Another passage between islands and we arrived in St.Vincent....
Chateaubelair to be exact...A Customs Clearance Port, I went ashore to clear
in with Randy and Sam Wich and met up with a lady from Cardiff also
attending to formalities. We then sailed around the corner to a preferred
Cumberland Bay, exotic, tropical and quintessentially Caribbean.
As previously mentioned, we're on a mission to make it to Bequia for the
Music Festival so we remain in the Gitanos-Lipari-Hanaman flotilla and head
off the following morning for the last sail for a good while....to beautiful
Bequia, just eighteen miles south on a comfortable close reach.
So, here we are....in one of our favourite anchorages yet again.
We've only been here a day and already we've bumped into some great
friends from last season....Oh, and Mark & Suzy Hicks just arrived!!
and the Festival starts tomorrow!
We'll let you know all about it soon, but for now...Bye from us...xx