Forward Starboard watch
Saturday 29th January 2011
Our arrival in Les Saintes was met by the stunning views of green, tropical uninhabited islands. The sight was stunning for everyone onboard. We navigated our way through the water dodging lobsters pots and of course the really hard stuff, land! After about an hour we turned on our engines and motored a very short distance to our anchorage. The anchorage location was just off a small secluded town called Terre de haut .
We anchored for the evening and had dinner on deck. Yesterday morning after breakfast, all hands were called for the hour of happiness which lead us up to shore time. The permanent crew prepared the rib and doti boat to bring us to land. It was a small shanty type village with delightful views and beaches, some of us even took a trek to the top of the island to see the fort. This presented stunning views of the ship in the bay, what a day!
In the evening the permanent crew arranged a fun filled evening. Mojitos on deck as the sun set followed by an Indian curry feast and to top it all off...... Horse racing followed. Ronan was distraught when the horse " Irish Lady" did not win a single race!
We left our anchorage this morning under sail, in a traditional manner and avoided the near by rocks. We have maintained a speed of about 4 knots in a NNW direction under an almost cloudless sky. The sea is a deep cerulean blue. In between bracing the yards and setting sails we have managed to spot some flying fish and a couple of dolphins.
We also sailed through a flotilla of sailing yachts racing in the opposite direction. We had two factors in our favour: we had the wind to starboard and we were much bigger!! All the tugging at the lines has given us a huge appetite and we are looking forward to one of Hammie's excellent meals. (It's all of 2 hours since we last ate!)
Lots of love and kisses (especially to Jeanne up the Creek) from Geoff's babes.