Day 21+ Port Louis
Skipper: Kate Cope
Sun 5 Feb 2023 19:20
Our first day in Port Louis seemed to fly past. First we had a hearty breakfast courtesy of Jeremy from RORC. We recounted tales of treacherous seas, mast climbing, wind holes . Poor Jeremy hardly got a word in with Claire and I chatting away ….I can really do a lot of talking when I’ve 3 weeks of stories to recount. We also talked youth pathways into offshore sailing something I’m passionate about and how to encourage more Corinthian sailors to take part in Transat. On that subject Claire and I have been noting down all our learnings and are planning to share with everyone when we get back. This race really is achievable by most of the Offshore sailors in the boats we have already and I would highly recommend it.
We then had another photo sessions and received a lovely basket of local goodies from the Grenada Tourist Authority
We moved from our super yacht berth round into the normal berths in the marina. Our super yacht berth was next to a boat that was being fitted out with cameras to host the next series of ‘Below decks’ a programme about super yacht crew.
We started the slow clear out of three weeks worth of rubbish and recycling, a general tidy up and a few repairs . In fact our repair list was pretty small . Most of the repairs I had done as we sailed along so it’s really just reinstate the bow sprit prodder and rethread a new Spi Halyard the last jobs created by Spinnaker gate. Talking to other boats they have 3 and 4 sails in with the sailmaker for serious repairs, both Sea Bear and Sabre 2 also completely destroyed new sails beyond repair . Sea Bear also exploded a new Spi pole - luckily they had 2 poles. In comparison we did pretty well with all sails repairable onboard. We’ve some chafe on the mainsail but easy to repair with tape. We did pad the spreaders and I think that helped.
We met a lot of new people and it seemed a constant stream of folks passing on congratulations. It so rewarding to know we have inspired people to follow in our footsteps. Friends of friends invited us for the day to their gorgeous villa with beautiful sea views where we enjoyed a lovely lunch and swim in the pool.
We had a brilliant surprise when we got an email from RORC informing us that the neighbouring fancy hotel and spa had offered us a complimentary spa day with lunch. We had a very luxurious day being pampered and chilling on their private beach. We really felt like rock stars.