Caroline’s sister Lynn arrived on new years day to spend 2 weeks with us on board, this being her first experience of sailing AND she doesn’t like the water…… what could possibly go wrong? In fact nothing at all and she had a whale of a time as did we.
We took her out to anchor for a night to see how the rocking made her feel then sailed down to the Pitons for nights giving her an easy sail and great views. Whilst there the girls visited the Diamond botanical gardens and the drive in volcano where the sulphur bath & springs are. I stayed on board to do some “small” jobs including checking the spark plug, oil & air filter on the genny and ended up taking the generator apart when I dropped the spark plug socket into the bottom of the casing…. so pleased there weren’t any ladies present!
A short trip back to Marigot bay to find there was space in the lagoon. The ever present boat boy took us to a mooring and then said his brother would be a long to take the money! We then realised he’d put us on a private mooring so moved off and took the last official mooring which we’d asked him for initially. They are only trying to earn a living but it pays to be polite and firm at the same time! By being in the lagoon we get free use of the hotel facilities which is great with 2 swimming pools (1 with a swim up bar) towels & loungers.
You may remember we won a prize for catching the largest fish on our atlantic crossing. The prize was lunch for 6 in the Hurricane hole bar & restaurant. There were 4 of us and we had a stunning lunch which would’ve cost us over $150 USD and the staff were lovely too.
Lynn got on well on board so we checked out of St Lucia and took her up to Martinique for a few days. She got a feeling of open water sailing as we left the protection of the islands….. and loved it too.
Her last Friday meant we had to get back to Rodney bay as the “Jump up” at Gros Islet just had to be witnessed. The food as always was great, the music loud, Rum punch was strong and it rained hard as everyone was dancing in the street!
We also anchored by Pigeon Island, so paid to walk around the grounds and fort with great views. Whilst there Lynn took us to Jambe de bois restaurant just by the landing dock for a meal, live jazz music included.
And then it was all over, Lynn is now back in the chilly U.K. and we look forward to seeing new islands in the coming months……