Dominica to Les Saintes

Sat 23 Mar 2013 08:38
15:52.039N 061:35.181W
The island hop to Les Saintes was much shorter taking only 4 hours to cover the 20 odd miles 'anchor to anchor'.  Les Saintes are an archipelago of eight small volcanic islands situated just 5 miles south of Guadeloupe.  Like Martinique, Guadeloupe and it's nearby dependencies are a French "departement" and several people had recommended we make a visit.  The wind was light to start with but by nine o'clock we had a sailing breeze and by ten we were in the groove doing over eight knots with a fresh SE Trade Wind providing the drive.
By 12.30 we had threaded our way through the offlying islets and picked up a mooring off Le Bourg des Saintes on the island of Terre de Haut.  A quick run ashore to clear customs (online at the local internet cafe unlike other countries where everything is done by many hands and in triplicate) confirmed that the little town has great charm and is a cross between Brittany and the Cote d'Azur.  The local attraction in the bay seemed to be two dolphins that swam in and out of the moored boats, keeping people on their toes either trying to get a camera shot or trying to swim with them.
                  Le Bourg Des Saintes and the two dolphins                               Ashore in Le Bourg having a sundowner