Some pics from our last night shacking and rolling!.. Winds shifted to west and all "well protected bays" became a dance hall- huge swell was entering every bay and making live on boats impossible!!!! We are Ok, our old but very good anchor held perfectly and all is fine, but heard some boats in other islands around were not so lucky......
Looks that this nights is getting calmer and tomorrow to St. Barts!
Time to write some words again.. More than a month passed since the last time we published on our blog and no more updates since then..
But to be sincere everytime i plan to write i find it so dificult to decide how to start and which information to give- write more about islands we are visiting or tell more stories about our life on boat , our thoughts, our doubts, our joy?
That is not easy, but than again- the most dificult is to start, anyting. But once i start words fly alone and the only thing i need is to stop in a right moment for not to write an endless novel...
Last time we wrote on our blog we were leaving Bequia and Grenadines and sailing up to Martinique to meet Egoi parents....This time we had one night sailing, because we didn,t stop neither in St. Vincent nor in St. Lucia. The reason we didn,t stop in any of the bays on the way was the bad reputation of St. Vncent west coast.Last year there was one german sailor killed while on anchor in one of the bays... Not nice story and not nice name for all the island which definitely has so many amazing places to offer.
It is really sad how one incident can affect all island. But sailors community is really small and internet nowadays is very powerfull. It will take time for St.vincent to get back the welcoming soul...
Hope more good stories will appear and cruisers be back visiting this island and enjoying so friendly people and interesting culture. So many sailors write just complains about that and that, about small roberies or incidents which of course do happens when you travel abraod. But at the same time there are so many of good things happening, no?
So after very relaxed sailing we arrived to Martinique. Here we had to pick Egoi parents who came to spent with us all 3 weeks and sail togather till Guadeloupe.
Martinique belongs to France and ,yes, even if people are black, climate is tropical and pelicans are flying around, believe you still feel you are in France. For good and for bad. But after spending 4 months cruising around caribbean islands and not seeing any big supermarket beeing back to Europe it means just for good:) You can,t imagine how happy you can feel when again you can have yougurts, cheese and of course good and cheap wine on boat! Now we understand why so many criuisers sail to Martinique even just for provisioning:)
We arrived to the southern part of Martinique Cul-de-Sac du Marin bay. Probably it was the first time when we saw so many boats on anchor in one place! Hundreds of all kind of sailing boats anchored at the end of the bay in from of a huge Le marin marina. Spectacular!
And there is this forest of masts we met Adrian and his famyly-Ester and Julia, our friends from Graciosa:) We had super time beeing back all together again. And Adrian helped us to fix our outboard engine.
And of course we had super news for our cats- Epoxy and Sikaflex.. We found a good food and good material for their toilet:) Carefour you are the best!
In a few day Egoi parents were already on board with lots of kisses, smile and happiness to see them here with us on our Grain! Again boat is full of goat cheese, chorizo, good ham, "pipas"-sinflower seeds ( special request from Egoi:), rolling tabacco, pimiento rojo and anchovies!
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But time to move, so after making an huge shopping and visiting the island by car we started sailing north spending every few days in different anchorages ..
We stopped St, Anne, Grande Anse Bay and St Pierre...All superb places an especially Grande Anse! The water there was so transparent and life down so intense that we could not go out of water ! This is what we call the ideal place, where in a moment you wake up the first thing you see is a turtle head! Than jump to the water and snorkel for a loooooong time....After coffee, breakfast and than again to water. This is the life we love!
Sailing along the lee coast of MaritiniqUe the same- was perfect. Lots of winds and no waves at all! Sun all the time and stunning views of Pitons mountains and Pelee Volcano....
Than fast day sailing to Dominique and 2 kilos Barracuda for dinner! In January trades winds shifted more to east and southeast so sailing between the islands became much more pleasent-nothing to compare to crazy Christams Winds in December! (Remi , you would have loved this passage!)
EVEN CATS ENJOYED THE TRIP!
In Dominica we stopped and two places- Roseau in the south and Porstmouth in the north..Actually these are the only places were you can anchor or take a boy because waters around this volcanic and mountainous island are very deep...
Here you are back to real Caribbean life where people are very friendly and beer is cheap:) Unfortunately we could spend there just few days and see just a little. We went to see Midelham waterfalls and did a tour to Indian river... Probably if we were staying there more weeks we would explore the inside much more. But we needed to keep going north and see Guadeloupe because Egoi parets had a flight from trere to Martinique and than back to Basque country. Well you can not see everything. Sometimes we do need to leave amazing places as well ...
But thats why sailing is Caribbean is so great, because after one island you have another waiting you ahead with their new culture, new language, new landscape and new bays. Now we like everything and each place enjoy fully without analyzing was is worth to stop or not...Could be that just a process of traveling and changing `places makes everywhere we go atractive.
Guadeloupe the same as Martinique is Department of France, and it includes the smaller islands of The Saintes and Marie Galante.
So first we went to The Saintes and later sailed to the southwestern part of the main island.
In The Saintes anchored in two places, but because of crazy swell could not explore them fully. There were very few places where we could drop the anchor. Almost everywhere there are mooring boys and you have nothing to do but to use them. We managed to anchor but the swell was so big that after two crazy nights riding like'rock and roll' left this amazing arhipelago for the next time and sailed to River Sens marina in Guodeloupe. Back to civiliaztion-hot showers, cars, supermarkets. There we spend the last days with parents visiting the island and were really surprised to discover how complete and beautiful is this place.
Little bit too french , but really so interesting island. If someone is looking where to spend hollydays in a cold winter of Europe this would be our recommendation..
Cheap flights from Europe, many bays, beaches, mountains, volcano, waterfalls, mangroves, snorkeling, diving, hicking, sailing to small islands around... Just the prices sadly are french too and the language the same:)...In English impooooosible!
And now we are waiting our good friends- Agne and Memo to come and one more week of cruising in Guadeloupe and Saints is waiting!
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"Cruising has two pleasures. One is to go out in wider waters from a sheltered place. The other is to go into a sheltered place from wider waters."
"The lovely thing about cruising is that planning usually turns out to be of little use."
"There are more sharks on the land than in the sea"
If you are going to do something, do it now. Tomorrow is too late.
Don't worry about the world ending today. It's already tomorrow in Fiji.
" Land was created to provide a place for boats to visit."
"A sailor is an artist whose medium is the wind. Live passionately, even if it kills you, because something is going to kill you anyway."
"A bad day at SEA is still better than a good day at work"
"The perfection of a yacht's beauty is that nothing should be there for only beauty's sake."
"Remember 'It was a professional who built the Titanic, It was an amateur who built Noah's Ark"
"Sailing - The art of slowly going nowhere at great expense. "
When life gives you a hundred reasons to cry, show life that you have a thousand reasons to smile.