Saint Lucia Position 14:04.483N 60:56.914W

Bill and Judy Stellin
Sat 29 Dec 2007 00:13
We left Barbados at 1620 hours on the 27th of Dec. and the next morning at 0800 we were at our destination of Saint Lucia in Rodney Bay marina where we are now. Our sail was as easy as they come.  Caribbean sailing is really all that it is cracked up to be.  We only used the genoa fully opened.  One tack for 95 miles then two short course changes and we were in the marina.  Motor was on for maybe 10 minutes.  
This is the first marina we've been in since Nov 30th.  It will feel good to sleep all night without worry of dragging anchor or rolling constantly. It has also given me a chance to buy some needed gear. 
Our outboard motor external cruise-a-day plastic gas tank cracked and was leaking gasoline so I had to replace that.  It is polyethylene which is impossible to repair with normal adhesives.  Also two of our instrument bulbs burned out and they were sort of hard to find replacements for.  Finally, our roller furling line for the genoa chafed almost through and that had to be replaced.  Fortunately, there is an excellent hardware store and ships chandlery here, so I was able to find everything.
I won't say much more about Barbados because none of it would be good.  Suffice to say, I will never go back and I can't for the life of me understand why four and five cruise ships call there almost every day.  It's probably because they have a deep water  port which most of these islands don't have.
I have never been in a place where the service people are so sullen and unfriendly.  The city of Bridgetown even has a big banner running across one street admonishing people to "smile".
Food is so expensive it is prohibitive.  Nothing but sugar cane and yams are grown on the island despite the fact it is billiard table flat and just as green.  Everything is imported, mostly from Florida and California.  All fruits are priced by the piece.
Oranges from Florida are $0.50 cents each and they are labeled juice oranges which probably only cost a penny or so in Florida.
Table grapes are $2.50 for a handful.  At that rate they are about a nickel a grape.  Tomatoes and walnuts look alike.  Both are brown, wrinkled and hard.
Normal retirement in Barbados is 55 year old.  Maybe for the next 10 years of each persons life, they could try a little more work, like growing something.
Despite this, the average man or woman on the street is very helpful.  One lady gave me her cell phone to use to call Trinidad because I was having trouble with pay phones.  I was so grateful I gave her $10 bucks.  (My call was to a marina in Trinidad making reservations for carnival Feb 1st through the 9th.  Pack your bags and come on down.  The marina and all marinas in this particular complex have hotel rooms as part of the operation.
Carnival in Trinidad is the grand daddy  for the Caribbean.
We will probably stay here in Rodney Bay until after New Years.  There are supposed to be some big doings here and there are several people we know here and several more we've just met.