Last Boats in and Adieu to Rodney Bay

Karma Daze
Chris and Penny Manley
Wed 25 Dec 2013 15:10
Our last duty was on Wednesday 18th December, a very quiet day and even quieter night.  We checked in 10 boats the last one at 02.00 Thursday morning, with the next boat not due until we had handed over to “Roysterer” for their last day of duty.  This meant we could get some sleep.  The wind eased a lot to be replaced by a rolly sea, but we did manage about 3 hours of sleep until we were woken by wind and torrential rain.  There seems to be far more rain showers this year than we remember from a year ago.
We remained in the marina until after the prize ARC prize giving on Saturday 21st.  All the finish line boats attended (well 3 of us) and we were all presented with a bottle of rum.  As we had also been paid 125US$ a day for expenses this was an added bonus.
The next day we set off for Marigot Bay and then on to Bequia for Christmas.  Of the 2 other Finish Line Boats, “Roysterer” were off to Grenada for Christmas, and “Sophie” was going to hang around on an anchor in Rodney bay.
We had a nice relaxed sale down to Marigot just on the genoa, and picked up a buoy.  We didn’t go ashore but stayed on the boat and left at 06.00 Monday morning for the 60 mile trip to Bequia.  The weather was good, the sailing excellent apart from in the lee of St Vincent where there was no wind.  We arrived in Bequia, and had prearranged with African to pick up on of his buoys.  We went ashore for dinner in the Fig Tree restaurant run by Cheryl.  She also runs the daily Cruisers Net on the VHF.  We will check in tomorrow when Customs and Immigration are open.