We left Jolly Harbour and fuelled up before heading round to Deep Bay, just
south of St John’s where we in anchored in the usual 25kts of wind waiting for
it to ease a little in the morning for our 80M passage St Barthelemy (St
Barth’s) in the French West Indies (sounds so nice doesn’t it).
We left at 0400 and of course the wind was still 25kts gusting 30kts, but
just behind the beam, so we made good progress at 9kts, but with a huge Atlantic
swell moving round the boat was difficult, so we just lay down in the cockpit
and rode it out.
The harbour was full and we had to anchor outside, which was rolly, but
after clearing in we headed ashore for a real Rendez Vous with our French
friends from the Rallye, Jean Francois and Annick of Tog Gwen (who have just
bought the first Amel 64 and just got married last Friday), Jean & Sybille
of Havantia, Michel and Marie Claire of Antinea, Francis and Nicole of Auhema
and Jean Pierre and Jacqueline of Maouli. The whole wedding party had been out
swimming and snorkelling and we arranged to meet up later at 2000 for the most
superb meal together – well this is France and we just LOVE IT