We checked out of beautiful Bequia on Wednesday afternoon, and left the
anchorage, which was becoming increasingly rolly just before sunrise on Thursday
After yet another cruising couple told stories of unwelcomed visits from
boat boys in St Vincent, we decided to sail straight to St Lucia. The journey is
about the same distance as crossing the English channel, but much more pleasant!
The scenery was great, the wind generally fair and the seas calmer than they had
been for days. The fishing was singularly disappointing!
We passed St Vincent and thought how sad it was that such a stunningly
attractive island could have earned itself such a poor reputation amongst
The south of St Lucia is similarly troubled, but we headed for Marigot Bay
in the North, where we could check in with customs. It is now the height of the
sailing season and Marigot bay has gone to great lengths to create a very
different, pleasant atmosphere. We were met on arrival by a Marina official in a
dinghy but there was no hassle or coercion to employ their services. Instead a
very helpful guy helped us tie up to a buoy without expecting payment; it was
all included in the price of the mooring for the night, which was collected
later in the evening. Whilst the boat boys are only trying to make a living, the
manner in which they do so has put off sailors to the point where we have
observed very unpleasant behaviour from both boat boys and cruisers.
North Coast St Lucia
On Friday, we moved up the coast to Rodney Bay and checked into the marina,
where we can do the small repair jobs needed on board. The chandlers has ordered
the stuff we need and can also loan Pete the tools he needs to complete the
We were immediately struck by how full the supermarkets are here; even
small mini markets carry more items than the supermarkets in the Grenadines.
There are also many ARC boats here; perhaps a fifth of the fleet.
Saturday saw Pete commence work on the pole track that buckled in the
Atlantic. Avril did a load of washing only to discover that the machine broke
half way through the cycle.
washing machine repair man!
Sunday was put aside for washing machine repairs and the lazarette was
unloaded and the machine winched out to have the pump cleaned out. The job
solved a couple of mysteries; the location of the underwire from a bikini top,
and the source of rust stains that were regularly appearing on the
Rodney Bay; the marina is behind the
The fort at the top of Pigeon Island
Job done, and the machine repaired, we had the afternoon off to walk up to
Pigeon Island to enjoy the wonderful views over the south end of the