St. Lucia

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Sunday, 6 May 2012. Rodney Bay
 
Light breeze and calm sea for our crossing from Martinique, but also rain.  We motor much of the way.  The highlight of the journey was to see a number of pilot whales, very close to LS (in fact diving underneath).  They spent very little time on the surface but positive ID from the shape of the head and of the dorsal fin.  That’s a first.
 
At Rodney Bay we anchor off Reduit Beach, near the entrance to the marina lagoon.  It’s pouring with rain and the hatches start to leak.  In the evening an uncomfortable swell starts up but fortunately it doesn’t last all night so we get some sleep.  Next day is still wet but we dinghy in to clear in and shop in the supermarkets.  It’s all a bit unreal here, but we knew to expect that.  Lots of expats and condo developments but trade looks distinctly slow.  It might be the season of course, but I would also think that the economic climate is unhelpful.
 
Tuesday: we motor south in calm conditions but still wet past Castries, duck into Marigot Bay to have a look
 
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then round the corner to Anse Cochon where is located Te Kaye Village, at which we stayed two  years ago.  Pick up mooring “managed” by John and his rasta friend Patience.  We encounter boat “vendors” but try to deal with them politely.  Te Kaye is still delightful, in fact it’s been improved here and there since our visit and now boasts a spa.  E booked a massage.  We made use of the beach restaurant.  Had a surreal moment meeting an american girl in her wedding gown in the reception office about to get married, without friends or family around.  As she put it, she had eloped!
 
This is where we plan to meet the Morlands who arrive tomorrow, Wednesday, and we arrange taxi to  meet them, etc.