St Barth's by Car

Suzie Too - Western Caribbean
David & Suzanne Chappell
Thu 10 May 2012 13:57
We had Jean Francois and Annick over to the boat on Wednesday morning and then in the afternoon picked up a rental car, as we needed some fuel for the RIB and there is no water side fuel pontoon, everyone takes their fuel cans to  the garage next to the airport – how bizarre. So we made good use of it and drove around the island, stopped for lunch, swum and snorkelled and shopped.
It’s been warm, about 28, but overcast with a strong breeze which has kept the temperatures down nicely, but the photos of the island don’t really do it justice. We have had 2 easy days in the anchorage at Anse de Colombiere and went on board Magic last night, an Oyster 53, to join Nick and Susan for drinky poohs, after I had spent the morning doing engine, generator, oil and strainer checks.
Today we have swapped out the freezer water pump and are bringing the freezer back on line at around +2 degrees to keep the beer and wine cool.
We got a email from Nicky & David to say that Artemis is being crewed by Sam Goodchild and Nick Cherry and that on Friday 11 they were in 9th place having blown out their big spinnaker and now expect to be in on Monday 14 in the afternoon. I have just been across the anchorage speaking to Lester and his wife on Truant, a Van Dam 55, and they were racing during Antigua Classic Week on Jambalaya with Sam’s dad, Bob !! – small world
So on Sunday we are going back into the anchorage at Gustavia to join the Race Village Party – watch this space