"Gunfire" in the AnchorageMarkus
10-Mar-2008, Anse Fideling, Terre de Bas, Les Saintes
Arrived in Les Saintes this afternoon after a beautiful sail from Dominica. Anchored in a Anse Fideling, a small undeveloped bay on the south of the island of Terre de Bas. Shortly after dropping the hook, we had an almost surreal experience as we heard gunfire from the beach behind us and all of a sudden saw lots of guys in camouflages with automatic rifles running around some ruin on the beach where smoke grenades seemed to be exploding. As we learned later, the French marine infantry is conducting a joint exercise with forces from 10 other countries (including 20+ US Marines) in the Guadeloupe area. When we walked around the island some hours later, we got to talk to one of the US Marines who was waiting to re-board his ship. A very nice person who completed tours in Afghanistan and Irak and has now reached the end of his 4-year term of duty - before his unit goes back to Iraq. You would think the US would be well represented in Iraq with guys like this one on the ground there...
Life at AnchorMarkus
09-Mar-2008, Posted from Portsmouth, Dominica (written in Anse d'Arlet, Martnique, 07.03.2008)
To prevent this blog from turning into too much of a "and then we went from A to B"-type story, we'd thought we try to describe what life at anchor (which is our primary mode of operation these days) is like for us. During our first three months in the Mediterranean, we never stayed out at anchor for more than a week before going into a marina or to some town quay with access to fresh water and shore power/electricity. Now we have just spent more than five continuous weeks at anchor throughout the Windward Islands and when we finally went into Rodney Bay Marina to re-provision, we couldn't wait to get out again. What has changed? Primarily, it's our improved ability to keep our consumption of fresh water, electricity, fuel and food supplies in line with what we can re-provision/generate without tying up in a marina. Also, we have become better at anchoring (so we hope), with a better feel of how our new anchor performs in different bottoms. For those who are interested, we have outlined under this link how water, food, electricity, fuel and the anchor equipment itself have worked for us over the past few months. We truly enjoy our autonomous little floating home with wind and solar generated power and the very conscious use of fresh water and electricity - without feeling deprived of any luxury. For us, the peace and beauty of swinging at anchor and jumping off the boat for a swim far outweigh the "conveniences" that marinas offer.
What a nice placeMarkus
09-Mar-2008, Prince Rupert Bay, Dominica
Anchored in Prince Rupert Bay/Dominica tonight after a longish sail from St. Pierre/Martinique. Prince Rupert Bay has been one of our favorite anchorages on the way down and it's very nice to be back here... almost no shore-side development, very lush scenery and very friendly people... met Jeffrey again who was our very first "boat boy" on the way down and will see him again for breakfast tomorrow.. this will probably be the first place that I will feel sad about leaving tomorrow... lots of things to look forward to though, stay tuned....
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