New Year 2008
So here we are in Guadeloupe, anchored just off the
New Years eve was not quite what we’d imagine it might
have been. We’d anchored in the bay just out from the town on
Terre de Haut early in the previous day. The following day (new
years eve), We went ashore, tried to buy a couple of baguettes – but it
seems that if you want baguettes after 11 in the morning then you stand an
almost zero chance of finding them around holiday times!!! We
also did some sight seeing on the island – and in particular visited Fort
Napoleon, which was supposed to have played a crucial part in the Battle of the
Saints in the 18th century between Britain and France.
However, it could not have been all that crucial as the British devastated the
French fleet! Well we then went for a beer and looked forward to
the evening’s entertainment of live music and general merry making in the
town. However, our entertainment was to be of a different kind when
lots of other boats (mainly French from Martinique and
Well the inevitable happened and the wind got up, the boats started to yaw and veer on their anchor chains and we came within inches of colliding. So I ended up going on their boats and letting out more chain, putting out fenders etc etc. Lesson learned……….be more insistent if you think that someone else’s anchoring is gong to make your evening more entertaining that you would like!
Apart from that, the music went on until 6 a.m., the fireworks were great and even though the wind increased in the anchorage we still had a good time. So we decided to leave at 6 this morning. But we’re still having fun! The weather this morning is brilliantly sunny. We’ve already seen so many turtles – big ones too, and whole flocks of flying fish. We’ll go ashore a little later to explore a river creek that we have seen.
Meanwhile some more photos……..
Christmas lights up on the boat, anchored in Iles des Saintes
The view over Terre de Haut in Iles de Saintes as seen from
The inner keep at
The ‘rough anchorage’ on the Atlantic side of Terre de Haut. There are 3 wrecked yachts here, can you spot them? Look in the water and on the
Edge of the bay.
A clothes shop on Terre de Haut
A view through the village houses on Terre de Haut
Fireworks on New Year eve – Terre de Haut
And a very Happy and Prosperous New Year to all of you – we hope all your wishes come true….!! Paul & Anette