Guadeloupe, Pointe-a-Pitre

Around the Atlantic: ✔ Next stop: Circumnavigation
Ron Noordhoek
Thu 12 Jan 2012 09:17

After we said goodbye to Heidi, we left and sailed to Iles des Saintes. A group of small island just South of Guadeloupe. Again the difference with the other Islands was striking. You're in the South of France instead of the Caribbean.

We stayed there for the day. Next morning we snorkeled and left for Pointe-a-Pitre, Guadeloupe. The plan was to sail through the river that divides Guadeloupe in two and sail to Antigua next morning. However, there is this bridge and it opens only once a day at 05:00 in the morning.

We left at 04:30 but missed the only bridge in the Caribbean by 2 minutes. We went back to the marina and will try again tomorrow. There's no point in sailing around the island, that would double the trip to 85 nm. We made the best out of it and had a very nice diner, fresh lobster at Ta Milonga Negra!

We left Guadeloupe the January 13th and this time we made it on time for the bridge!
The channel that divides Guadeloupe in half is narrow and just deep enough. It runs through a mangrove forest which makes it a special sail. After the second bridge we anchored, had breakfast and waited until daylight. It was indeed beautiful but had a downside too, mosquito's, a lot, so the second half of the channel we went as fast as we could.