14th – 15th
Next stop was St Martin the home of more super yachts and big
chandleries. We had been concerned we would have to rush St Martin to get
to the BVIs but in the end we didn’t like it that much so two days was probably
Entering Simpsons Lagoon through the south bridge. The
lagoon is a massive inland waterway but doesn’t drain very much so felt a
St Martin is a super yacht parking lot. Below is Mirabelia
5, possibly the largest single masted sailing vessel in the world.
She’s certainly big!
We only stopped for a few hours in the lagoon to visit the
chandleries to collect the new toilet pipes as ours were still blocking.
We dinghied over to the Dutch side which was very grotty and run down.
They have had a lot of crime here recently so we decided not to stay and
left on the next north bridge opening to anchor in the Baie du Marigot on the
French side. It must have been awful as we don’t appear to have any
photos other than leaving through the bridge!
Baie de Marigot
The following day we moved around to Grand Case which was a
lovely beach anchorage.
In the evening in Grand Case there was a large street party
which was great fun.
On our way back through in April we anchored in Simpson Bay for
a night and it seemed lovely, very open and tranquil compared to the BVIs so
maybe we didn’t give it a fair try but you can’t go everywhere.