30th December. Having been stuck in The Saintes yesterday with an adverse
weather forecast we were finaly able to head out at 0600 this morning and
sailed up the coast of Guadeloupe, past Pigeon Island where we had stopped
on the way south and were able to make it to Deshaies in time to go ashore
for lunch in a local Cafe. Even though it is Sunday the place was pretty
full and there is no doubt that the French really enjoy their extended lunch
hours. Have to say we have started to adapt to that way of thinking as well.
We are going to have an early night and an early start for the passage from
Guadeloupe to Antigua which is notoriously rough. Maybe we will be lucky
this time? Deshaies is a funny little anchorage - pretty but acts as a giant
wind funnel or bowl and is not a place you would want to spend other than an
overnight. Whilst quite safe the wind howls around the bay and sounds a lot
worse than it actually is.