Went off to explore the town today - an unusual place in as much as it has
everything and nothing. A high concentration of designer clothes shops and
boutiques - but try finding a bottle of rum or some bin liners - we failed.
In some respects very pretty but in others very down at the heel. It
certainly does not compare well with the smaller towns we have visited on
the French Islands. The fact that yachts are coming - taking a quick look
and then leaving probably also tells a tale. The habit here of the
restaurants also closing down for the weekend after lunch on Friday doesn't
help retain the passing trade either. Most of the bigger yachts are looking
to arrive in the evening and go ashore for a nice meal. We would certainly
not have stayed on except for the need for the sail repairs. Having said
that we are parked nicely under the walls of the fort and apart from the
passage of the small ferries, which rock us around, is a very pleasant spot.
Mostly we have a breeze which makes Anita happy as she is tending to wilt
under the heat. We spoke with Deildy amongst others today and were relieved
to here that matters were improving there. We have nevertheless decided not
to go any further south where communications and travel become increasingly
difficult but to head back to Antigua to join in the new year festivities
there with Lions Whelp and the team at the Catamaran Club. Plans are ever
fluid - especially with Anita on board. Having worked out the tyranny of
distance she has now decided that as she wont get to the Bahamas and Turks
and Caicos Islands this year we should leave the boat with Geoff Richardson
in Miami and then visit those Island before taking the boat to the Med. We
shall see what fate delivers!