So firstly, by the time you read this post it will be “old” because we just haven’t been able to get internet very often and when we have had it, our laptops have been out of charge and it’s just been a mess. We’re trying to keep you as up to date as possible but until we get to St. Maarten, we just don’t have enough power to charge our laptops unfortunately.
Anyway, since our last post, things have finally started to go our way! We had a tonne of things fixed on our boat by the charter company we bought the boat off. We’re not sure if it’s because they feel sorry for us or if it’s thanks to Markus’ assertiveness, but, either way it’s been fantastic. We had our maiden voyage, a short 40 minute motor to St. Anne, a few days after we were robbed and the boat was incredible. The stability compared to our last boat is amazing and the speed she carries is quite impressive considering her size and weight.
I’m sure you can all imagine how time consuming it would be to retell our last week or so in detail so we’ll share some of the highlights and include lots of photos.
We had our first sail leaving St. Anne and after a few teething problems hoisting the mainsail we finally got it all sorted and made our way to Ans d’Arlet. This was to be a 3hr sail so would be a perfect opportunity to see how she sails and how much we’ve forgotten since the last trip. It ended up being a great sail with a bit of everything ranging from 17 knot gusts with rain to a slight 8 knot breeze with some sun shining through.
We spent a few nights in Ans d’Arlet and got to swim with some turtles, snorkel with all sorts of fish and saw a large (5ft) Wahoo which was special but quite scary at the same time.
We stayed a night in St. Pierre which is at the Northern end of Martinique which gave us a much needed stop before making our way to Guadeloupe. We found a big starfish floating by our boat which was unusual as they’re normally on the bottom so we had to grab it for a closer look.
Steadily making our way North to St. Maarten, we stopped in Illes des Saintes and anchored in almost the exact same spot as ten years ago which was a funny feeling. Moving to a mooring in the town had us swimming with dolphins which was an amazing experience. By the end of the day, the two dolphins had a whole crowd following them around in boats, on kayaks and snorkelling along.
Leaving Illes des Saintes, we had problems right away. As we started to turn into the wind and hoist the mainsail, it suddenly jammed for what looked to be, no reason. Frantically, we searched for the cause of the problem and saw that the Australian flag we had proudly put up a few days earlier had wrapped itself around the main halyard. Jaye climbed up the mast steps and tried to free it while keeping the flag intact but it wasn’t budging. Eventually, we used scissors to cut the flag away and circled back around for our second attempt which thankfully went very smoothly!
Next post you see from us will probably be from St. Barths as we finally near our destination of St. Maarten after about two weeks of being almost always on the move!