Michael Hughes and Ger White
Sun 24 Feb 2019 18:39
Well first off, a little historical roundup!
We sailed from St Anne’s on 11 January, to Grande Anse d’Arlet. A good anchorage, quite busy but space enough. We stayed there until 14 January, lunches ashore and back on board for dinner. Lots of time for reading and the occasional swim.
From there we sailed to St Pierre for a couple of nights. Again a busy anchorage on the narrow shelf near town, so we anchored further to the south with a longer dinghy ashore. It worked fine and was good holding, peaceful nights and a bit of swimming.
On the 16th, back to Grande Anse d’Arlet, after a look into Anse Noir where there was little space. The following day we walked from the Grande Anse to the Petit Anse—the next door bay some 2 miles away—in order to clear out of Martinique. A good walk, and a somewhat longer return as we chose to use the jungle paths over the hilltop and got a bit lost! Probably ended up nearer 4 or 5 miles! Some more swimming and this time we saw a few turtles.
And then on 18th we sailed down to Rodney Bay in St Lucia. Interesting to be back after all these years—-it has changed quite a bit.
We flew from St Lucia back to Europe on the 21st, returning on the 18th February.

A fair bit of work to do over the following couple of days—-provisioning, laundry, cleaning and having the hull cleaned above and below the waterline by Vision—ten years older!
And on 22nd we cleared out, sailed down to the moorings between the Pitons for the night and early next day (before 0700) set off for Bequia, some 70 miles away. A fast sail in 20/25 knot winds broad reach, we even kept the wind—quite a bit of north in it—down the coast of St Vincent—-only had to motor for about a half hour at the southern end—-and then a fast reach across from St Vincent to Bequia. Arrived Bequia about 1400, anchored off Princess Margaret beach and ashore by 1500 to clear in and enjoy a very late lunch—or was it a very early dinner? Back on board shortly after 1800 and an early night!

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