Happy Australia Day! Apologies as I’ve been a bit slack with the blog; it’s been a combination of poor Internet coverage, having too much of a good time and being downright lazy whilst on holidays!
All up we had a week in Bequia and had a ball! Great island and one Gina & Bruce will definitely revisit. We spent a great night at the Frangipani Hotel listening to calypso music and meeting all sorts of yachties, ate at Mac’s Pizzeria, bought and cooked the best fish (tuna steaks to die for and swordfish), ate conch, drank sorrel juice and tried other local delicacies.
We headed off on Tuesday 24th for St Lucia. We were up at 5am and set sail by 6.10! Just as well because we didn’t reach Marigot Bay on St Lucia until 4.30pm. It was a little rough crossing the channel between Bequia and St Vincents but was very pleasant sailing up the west coast. It looks a very nice island with some interesting coves and bays but, as previously mentioned, we have been discouraged by others from visiting. We saw the two Pitons of St Lucia, Gros Piton and Petit Piton, from afar. These islands are volcanic and the Pitons are a land formation rising strikingly out of the water. We had a great sail up to Marigot Bay reaching 9 knots in Wyuna and I didn’t call for Ruth once!
|Entrance to Marigot Bay|
Marigot Bay is where Dr Dolittle was filmed and is a very small protected bay. It was very crowded and we were quite close to other boats and a lovely looking restaurant, Rainforest Hideaway. It reminded us of Hamilton Is and other touristy types of anchorages and decided it wasn’t really what we had come all this way for! We had a lovely meal of tuna and salad and then hit the sack early after our long sail. Alas, not everyone else in Marigot Bay wanted to sleep – there were some very loud revellers on a nearby boat that kept three of us up most of the night! Mal slept like a baby right through it all
|Marina Marigot Bay|
After we went ashore and Bruce cleared us through customs/immigration we decided to move on to Rodney Bay which is a northern bay on St Lucia. That was a leisurely 6 mile trip through some rain but we made good time and arrived about 4ish. This is a very wide bay with a smaller internal harbor. John & Linda from Kool Kat are here and we caught up with them for dinner together with a couple of Canadians, Muddy & Kate, at a Chinese Restaurant. We feel like we are suddenly back in civilization as there are 2 shopping malls and a more structured road system than we’ve seen for awhile!
|Celebrating Aussie Day|
The fridge we had fixed in Cariacou is still playing up so Bruce put out a request across The Cruisers Net on the radio for a local refrigeration mechanic. We are now in a berth in the marina where someone will look at it.
Being the 26th of January Bruce hoisted the Boxing Kangaroo flag and we are joining other Aussies tonight at a BBQ here at the marina to celebrate Australia Day. Free drinks for Aussies apparently!