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The Journey Begins
Martinique - St. Anne
03/23/2012

Our Brazilian experience - The Caipirinha's had the wrong color and were disappointing, the food was ok; but the service was terrible. One thing we have realized while sailing is that it is nice to go ashore for dinner for a change, but dinner is always more tasty on the boat. In the Caribbean we have been getting used to the laid back lifestyle and all that comes with that - you are forced not to be in a hurry.

2012-03 March
Back in Le Marin
03/23/2012

We spent one night in Le Marin and then motored around the corner to St. Anne where we could swim in the clean water. We were very excited about a Brazilian restaurant that we found while exploring the small town - we made reservations for dinner.

2012-03 March
Sore Arms
03/23/2012

Ed was fine at anchor but felt better looking at the horizon during our crossing - needless to say his arms were a little sore after our four hour crossing. Marc had hurt his back just before Ed and Nicole joined us so Ed was promoted very quickly to Captain's assistant - pulling ropes and mixing drinks!

2012-03 March
Sailing north to Martinique
03/23/2012

It was time to venture out into the sea again - we put up the sails, left St. Lucia and headed north to Martinique. Nicole was having trouble with seasickness on the boat whether we were at anchor or out on the open sea. She was armed with loud tunes, sea bands, crackers and an aromatherapy stick to ward off the nausea during our crossing. Nicole was quite the trooper, feeling sick all the time and never complaining, but eager to get off the boat when the opportunity arose.

2012-03 March
St. Lucia - Segway Tour
03/18/2012

After a couple nights in Marigot Bay we headed north to Rodney Bay. One thing Eddie and Nicole wanted to do on their holiday was go on a Segway Tour. We headed into town, put on some helmets, mounted our Segway X2 with big knobby tires, circled the practice track a few times and then set off for our adventure. The tour took us up a few hills to several look-out points on Mount Pimard and we ended at a beach bar. Was great fun - would highly recommend this if you come across it in your travels!! For lunch we stopped at "Spice of India" which offers a unique lunch consisting of a sampling of a few Indian dishes, which change daily. The food was Amazing - will definitely go back when we return to St. Lucia!

2012-02 February
St. Lucia - Fresh Tuna!
03/17/2012

We had hoped to catch some fish during our sail, but instead ordered a yellow-fin tuna from our boat boy who brought it first thing the next day. Fresh seared tuna, there's nothing better! The next day we headed to shore, toured around town and did a little hike up a very steep road with beautiful views from the top.

2012-02 February
St. Lucia - Marigot Bay
03/17/2012

We arrived safely in Marigot Bay after our windy chaos. We thought that we would set anchor in the bay. I think we tried six or seven times to set the anchor and she would just not hold so we decided to hook up to a mooring ball. Finally after a hectic day we were settled for the night and could sit down for a cocktail. After awhile we noticed that everything around us was moving! No wait - it was us that was moving!! We realized that the mooring ball that we were on was dragging; luckily there were no boats behind us. We dumped that mooring and moved to another, the second one seemed more secure. Marc put the boat into reverse and gave her some power to make sure that we were secure. No-one wanted to cook that night so we ordered pizza for dinner from one of the boat boys; he brought us a menu and then delivered the pizza to the boat! Now that is service and to top it off the pizza was delicious. Pizza delivery, just like back home!

2012-02 February
St. Lucia - Organized Chaos
03/17/2012

We were getting ready to head north, the weather forecast called for 20 to 25 knot wind with gusts. We would be sailing on the leeward side of St. Lucia so Marc decided to put up full sails, no reefs. The sail from Soufriere to Marigot Bay started off wonderful. Not too much wind and a school of dolphins off the port side of the boat. Then shit hit the fan we had a 35 knot gust of wind hit us! I was in the salon and it felt like the boat was going to tip over. Marc tried to turn the boat into the wind to decrease the power in the sails, but the wind was so strong that it was difficult. I tried to blow the genoa but the furling line got jammed and I was not strong enough to release it. Finally the gust had passed and we were able to furl the genoa and drop the main sail. This was our scariest moment on the boat, unfortunately Eddie and Nicole got to experience it with us. After the commotion and organized chaos, we found out that Eddie and Nicole did not realize that we were somewhat shaken by the experience, they thought it was a normal day of sailing with a bit of extra excitement. Later we found out that a Swan sailboat (I think a 50 footer) lost her main in these same gusts - this would be a crazy expensive fix. We got away incredibly lucky, and did not break anything - just got a little shook up with a good lesson.

2012-02 February
St. Lucia - Mud bath
03/15/2012

We hired Junior to take us on a tour; our first stop was at the nearby volcano, "Sulfur Springs". Hot water comes straight from the volcano into two huge mud baths. You cover yourself in mud and watch the wrinkles wash away, so they say. After trying to get all the mud off us, we headed to "Diamond Botanical Gardens". These are very beautiful gardens with a small waterfall and some naturally hot baths built by Louis the 16th (the water here is filtered so is clear, not muddy). Once we got back to the boat we decided to set sail the next morning. Soufriere is a picturesque spot, but we found that some of the local people were overly aggressive, which made us very uncomfortable. For example, each time we arrived at the dock in our dinghy, someone would approach us to hire them to watch our dinghy. The dock already had a security guard, and we would let them know that our dinghy was locked so should be safe. Then we headed down the dock to drop our garbage in a nearby dumpster and got stopped by three men saying that it is this man's job to carry the garbage to the bin and that we must pay him so much money (the dumpster was only 30 steps from where they stopped us).

2012-02 February
04/05/2012 | Joanne
Wow - with a little mud disguise - you could pretty close pass for Matt in this photo
Eddie & Nicole visit
03/14/2012, St. Lucia

Eddie and Nicole arrived in St. Lucia and we stayed in Soufriere for a few days exploring the town and nearby attractions. Eddie soon found his favorite place on the boat - the front trampoline, enjoying our front yard view of the Pitons - and the Tonita margaritas made the setting even more perfect! The town of Soufriere was the set of the movie "Water". It has many charming old Creole buildings with balconies and gingerbread trim.

2012-02 February

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