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Date: 22 Jan 2007 23:15:59
Title: Deux Piton - Rodney Bay, St. Lucia

Date: 22-01-07     Time: 23:30 UTC      Position: 14:04.57N  060:56.94W   Name: Rodney Bay, St. Lucia 

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Det var artig å se "Piratens of the Caribbean" for andre gang i går kveld. Vi kjente oss igjen på flere steder, men mest i Wallilabou Bay. Bukta ved "Deux Pitons" er utsatt for mye dønninger når vinden er fra nord-øst, og det var der vinden dreide til i løpet av natta og båtene rullet fra side til side. Vi fant ut at vi ikke ville bli en natt til, og kom avgårde til klokka var ti. Det var mye vind omtrent midt i mot oss som, kombinert med kraftig medstrøm, ga en veldig utrolig sjø med krappe bølger. Vi gikk for motoren hele veien. Vel fram i Rodney Bay la vi till med hekken til brygga og kom i prat med noen norske seilere som vi ikke har sett siden jul. Alan og Gill fra "Kumari" kom en time etter oss, etter å ha seilt hele turen. Innsjekking med toll og immigrasjon gikk fortere enn sist gang vi var her, og vi har betalt havneavgift for en uke. Tanken på all vaskingen som vi skulle begynne med var en demper på stemningen, og da to lokale arbeidere dukket opp og tilbød oss å vaske hele båten utvendig, unntatt skrubbing av teak-dekket, for US$60 (kr 420), var vi lett å overbevise. Skrubbing av dekket fikk vi unnagjort på en time og alt står klart til at de skal vaske ned båten imorgen.
 
Selv om havner har sine ulemper, så er det deilig å ha en båt som ikke ruller i det hele tatt, har landstrøm og ferskvann. I kveld skal vi spise hamburger på en lokal restaurant. Dagens bilder: Fra Wallilabou Bay og "Deux Piton"
 
Enda litt av kulissene fra "Pirates of the Caribbean"
Another part of the set from "Pirates of the Caribbean"
Nano med "Petit Piton" i bakgrunnen.
Nano with "Petit Piton" in the background.

English version

It was fun to see "Pirates of the Caribbean" for the second time yesterday - I enjoyed it more than the first time and saw a lot more of the subtle details. We recognized several of the places where the filming had been done, but mostly the bay called "Royal Bay" which was Wallilabou Bay where we stayed a couple of nights ago. Our bay at "Deux Pitons" is very exposed for swell when the wind is north easterly - and of course that is where the wind turned to during the night. We changed our plans of staying one more night there, leaving at ten. The run up to Rodney bay was against a fresh breeze with a strong spring tide with us - making a very sharp and unpleasant sea which we fought against all the way. We arrived in Rodney Bay four hours later and were helped to moor stern to by a couple of very helpful and pleasant pontoon boys. These, unlike boat boys, are paid by the marina and their services come included in the harbour fee. We were soon approached by two local workers who offered diverse boat services. We have engaged them to wash the entire outside of the boat for US$60. We did the teak deck ourselves in under an hour this afternoon.
 
Clearing customs and immigration went faster this time than when we arrived in December - I was out of the office in under 30 minutes! We have booked in here for a whole week - Nigel's parent arrive on Thursday and we have a bit of organizing to do before they come, plus a good few repairs and odd jobs.
 
Even though these marinas have their downsides, it is nice to have a boat that does not roll in the swell, no need to worry about the anchor sitting, we have all the electricity we need and fresh water is on tap. Tonight we shall eat hamburgers at "Scuttlebutts" - one of several marina restaurants. Today's pictures: one from the set of the film, the other of our mooring at "Deux Pitons".
 

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