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The adventures of Ed & Suzi
News From Martinique
20/02/11

We have been having a great time in Martinique
There is a lot to see on the island and we have explored quite a lot of it with Danny and Sally who have been with us for the last 2 weeks. A hire car transported us to faraway places for a couple of days, visiting a lovely garden, a Rum factory and a tour through the mountains. Other days have been spent swimming and snorkelling in the many bays on the west coast. Evenings have been spent mainly on board with alternating chefs creating a variety of dishes accompanied by the odd bottle or 2 of wine!!
Check out the new album for pics of our time here

21/02/11 | netz
fantastic photos ....... looks and sounds like you are having a great time, suz do you reckon i got any chance of nick building me one of those windmills for my garden like that one in your pics!!!
take care and happy sailings x
25/02/11 | Sue Baker
Hi Eddie, Suzie. This is Sally's sister. So glad you have had a fab time on your adventure. Sally said it was great and the photos are gorgeous. Happy sailing. Love Sue xx
Flotsum & Jetsum
12/02/11

On Friday a brief 1hr trip to the West took us to Ste.Annes, a lovely small holiday town. Typically French with boulangerie, etc etc we explored the coastal path with Danny & Sally before returning for the obligatory beers. Today we moved across the bay to and around to Grande Anse d` Arlett, which has now calmed down after initially being very gusty, allowing us all to have a swim.

Martinique
02/02/11

We moved on up to Martinique today. An 18-20 kt wind pushed us along into the NE swell and into Marin, a large sheltered bay with hundreds of yachts at anchor.

08/02/11 | Ger & Helen
Just a note to say that Sue's eldest son Adam and his wife Lucy had a baby boy on Friday 4th Feb 2011 weighing in at 8 lb 6 oz and name is Alfie.
Love to you both. It looks fabulous.
Ger
08/02/11 | Ger & Helen
Last message meant your trip looks fabulous. Cant say about the baby, have not seen him yet.
Ger
10/02/11 | Gina and Sheila
Hi both of you just an update this end, Ronnie and Reggie met Sheila today and they loved her. She is totally uptodate as I am on your travels Sheila has been made redundant the depot moving to Andover in June but she is quite happy about it, her Mum hasn't been well over xmas but is fine now. You both are making us jealous with your adventures and we love reading about it even if we aren't there ourselves will catch up again later bye for now xx
Off Pigeon Island
25/01/11

After leaving Soufrierre and anchoring in Rodney Bay we treated ourselves to a few days in the marina to be able to sit still and do a few jobs without bouncing around. Whilst there we had a brilliant Indian meal at Razmataz with our friends Jenny and Glen from the yacht Wandering Star. Yesterday ( Sunday ) we moved out and anchored off Pigeon Island where the Brits had a fort to keep out the French during their battles over the Caribbean Islands, ideally sited overlooking Martinique to the north. We did the morning climb up to the fort today and had a good look round the ruined garrison. The Picture shows Betsy and Wandering Star peacefully at anchor just off the beach Check out the new St Lucia Album

St Lucia
25/01/11

We left Bequia at 06.30 on Monday. The crossing from Bequia to St Vincent was pretty rough with more wind than forecast ( mental note listen to forecast and double wind strength ). After a quiet trip up the leeward coast of St Vincent we entered the anticipated wind acceleration zone at the top of the island, it wasn`t too bad and we waited for the wind and waves to decrease as we moved further north towards St Lucia..........well they didnt, they got worse and it rained, eventually it all got calmer as we approached St Lucia, all bar one last downpour and wind gust before we eased up beneath the massive Pitons to a mooring at Soufierre. This morning we did a tour to the volcano, which is still active and took in a mud bath ( brilliant ) in a hot pool before going on to the beautiful gardens and waterfall at Diamond Falls. It rained all morning but we thoroughly enjoyed our trip out. This afternoon we thought we would take a gentle cruise up the leeward side of St Lucia to Rodney Bay at the northern end.........wrong, you guessed 20-30kt winds on the nose and heavy rain... what is going on. Entered Rodney Bay in 25kt winds wishing we had stayed in Soufierre only to anchor in 10kt winds which apart from a few gusts has remained fairly constant ever since Heard from fiends we met there is a great curry restaurant in town so its on our `must do` list Hope to add some photos soon once we get wi-fi access

30/01/11 | Keith and Welly
You are certainly having more wind and rain than we did.Hope you enjoyed the curry. We didn't find one there ! If you are still looking for wi-fi then the St Lucia Yacht Club on the beach just south of the marina channel has it. They are very welcoming and have nice club shirts and foam things to keep your tin of beer cool while you drink it. However we thought the food was NOT good value for money - tiny portions. Hardware shop opposite marina vehicle entrance is much better value for boat bits than the chandler. Enjoy.
Early Morning Start
23/01/11

Tomorrow we head up to St Lucia which is a 10-11 hr trip so we plan to leave at 1st light, 6pm, the winds have been lighter for the last couple of days so hopefully we will have an uneventful trip. Hope to be moored near to the iconic Pitons about 1700hrs.
The picture shows Princess Margarets Beach where we are anchored

24/01/11 | rob
Looks awful! Don't know how you are putting up with it!!!

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