10/3/2011 to 14/3/2011
Our next stop was St Barts which
was lovely. Quite positively the poshest place we have been and certainly
one of our favourites! We anchored in the bay in crystal clear blue
water. Perfect for super yacht spotting as they came and went all
day. ‘Top Trumps’ of the pack was ‘Eclipse’ at
535ft anchored a few hundred yards from us. She was bigger than some of
the cruise ships that visited.
The little town of Gustavia is
very pretty and great for people watching. When you are bored of super
yacht spotting you can start counting lap dogs (a very strange fashion
accessory)! There’s loads of shops, but it’s quite safe as
there’s no chance of being able to afford anything unless you have your
personal Swiss banker in attendance! Good restaurants though.
Sailing to St Barts in company with James & Robin on
Beautiful St Barts – The poshest place in the
Caribbean. It’s very French and chic but with a lovely atmosphere.
It’s where the most beautiful people come, which is of course why
we were there!! J
“Eclipse”, the biggest super yacht we have seen
at 535ft and possibly the biggest in the world. Anchored a few hundred
yards from Stella in St Barts.
There was great snorkelling in St Barts. Below are a
selection of photos from our new underwater camera, a much loved birthday present
for Alan from his brother! We’re getting better at the photos but
the fish keep swimming away when we try to take their picture!
Alan retrieving some sunken treasure –in this case a
small dinghy anchor we found whilst snorkelling
Just after Mary jumped in for another snorkel she looked
back and saw something big and scary swimming under Stella’s keel!
We didn’t want to go in too close for a photo!
She swam off to get Alan and then James and Robin came to
say hello but we couldn’t say why we were keeping a safe distance from
the boat as Robin is already very scared of sharks and we feared she would
never go swimming again!
The next morning the big scary fish were still swimming
under Stella. We took some better photos and finally identified them as Shark
Suckers (and not small sharks as we had originally thought). Shark
suckers are big fish that hang around sharks and wait for the tasty morsels
that the shark doesn’t eat. For some reason these shark suckers had
attached themselves to Stella and followed us from one anchorage to another.
After the shark suckers we later saw a real shark. You
can just make out the shape a nurse shark in a top left of the photo below.
It was great fun sailing in company with James, Robin and Henry.
Henry took to the water very well and gave Alan even more opportunities for