Re: St Lucia, rum, rain and wind.

Thu 17 Jan 2008 15:29
To everyone. There is a great website which i thought would be good to
help you document your trip in photographic form. Basically you have to
download some software and add you digital photos to it in the format you
want. Then send and email to the website and they create these great
hardback books with all the pictures from you trip. The cost is around £
35 but they make great present and they look great
thanks &
Kind regards
Caroline Byrne
Senior Business/Test Analyst PC Development
Phone: 020-7864-8674
Fax: 020-7540-8674
caroline {DOT} byrne {CHANGE TO AT} pershing {DOT} co {DOT} uk

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St Lucia, rum, rain and wind.

Arrived here in St Lucia, at about 22:15, on 26th December to a very, very,
warm welcome from the rest of the ARC fleet who were already in port.
Hooters roaring, lights flashing and people clapping and cheering as we
came into the dock. Rum punch appeared, and dissapeared, very quickly,
lots of chat and a multitude of stories exchanged, fish, brakages, weather,
crew, food, did not know which way to turn!!!! Eventually went to sleep, or
rather collapsed, at about 4am when we had drunk just about everything in
Rodney Bay. Woke up with sense of disbelief and slight confusion,
everything was really challenging, took me two days to work out how to use
the telephone and another two days to find out how to get out of the

As the very last ARC boat to arrive in Rodney Bay we had very minor celeb
status for aout 24 hours, loads of people coming by the boat to say hello
and welcoming Jigsaw to St Lucia. It has taken several days to become
accustomed to being ashore again, eating and drinking without holding on
with one hand is a major novelty. Not monitoring batteries and water levels
every day is a relief, being able to pop to the shop for something you need
is a luxury, sleeping for more than three hours at a stretch is well odd,
after three weeks of watch and watch about I still wake up at very odd
hours. Being able to talk to people by telephone for more than 2 minutes is
particularly wonderful.

Getting used to St Lucia, weather has been wierd, very very heavy rain
quite frequently in the last few days, rain that is capable of soaking you
to the skin in two minutes, only managed one trip to the beach so far. Kate
and Molly are finding their way around well and have their morning routines
of swimming, then going for breakfast at the Bread Basket Cafe. Their
friends Connor and Annika are here too and so they are happy to have that
contact away from the adults on Jigsaw. Just starting to find my way around
and getting ready to move on from Rodney Bay in day or two. Not sure of
onward routing yet, but may head south towards Trinidad for the Carnival,
then back up towards the BVI for May with the idea of leaving for the
Azores in mid May. Back to UK in June, will then need a holiday to recover
from the trip!!


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