After an overnight sail, Forward Port watch were woken up for an early breakfast before going on watch. During the night, the other watches and bosun's mates had kindly handed all of the sail so we began our watch steadily motoring towards Basseterre in St Kitts. A strong wind was blowing us away from the pier where we berthed safely after some nifty manoeuvring of the vessel. This delayed us berthing somewhat but the delay was also partly down to the welcoming locked gates barring our shore party from getting onto the pier! Soon after coming alongside we were issued with our packed lunches and then headed into town for shore leave on a very hot afternoon. Some went to a beach and others enjoyed the locally brewed, Carib beer.
This morning we we all rudely awoken as the ship had leaned to starboard, alot! This was due to the beast, Azura! Azura is an enormous cruise ship that docked on the otherside of the pier. It's pressence meant that a shadow had fallen over us, soon to be followed by lots and lots of tourists rambling around a once quiet and peaceful pier.
After the first happy hour of the voyage and assisted climbs (well done
Christiane!) we left for our last sail through the Caribbean and then north to Bermuda. The inhabitance of the cruise ship looked on in a awe as we left, and so they should!!
Forward Port watch.