Martinique 14:26.1N 60:53.2W

Serenity of Swanwick
Phil and Sarah Tadd
Mon 25 Jan 2016 16:24
We looked at the forecast for the weekend and following few days and decided that Sunday was the day to do the 20ish miles to St Anne's the anchorage at the SW end of Martinique. Unable to get clearance from Rodney Bay on Friday we had to accept that we would pay the 100EC$ (£25) fee for clearing at the weekend.
We left the Marina about 0900 and very soon were reefed down in 20 knots of wind but at a good speed we were in St Anne's and anchored by 1300. The bay is large and gives protection from the trade winds without needing to go further into the inlet but Phil counted at least 150 yachts anchored here.
Clearing in has never been so easy, by computer in a cafe in town, cost €2. The island is an overseas region of France and feels very European despite the palm trees. We bought bread from the Boulangerie and also had good coffee and Pain Chocolate.
The evening was spent on board finishing the Barbados rum and listening to jazz music from ashore and looking out at all the anchor lights around the bay.

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