Steen Rally

Follow us on our sailing adventure from France to Australia

30 December 2015 | Sydney
29 July 2015 | Sydney
15 January 2015 | Sydney
22 December 2014 | Sydney
21 November 2014 | Cairns, Australia
02 November 2014 | Cairns, Australia
21 October 2014 | Port Vila, Vanuatu
01 October 2014 | Fiji
20 September 2014 | Fiji
08 September 2014 | Fiji
24 July 2014 | Neiafu, Tonga
06 July 2014 | Tahaa. French Polynesia
23 June 2014 | Moorea
23 June 2014 | Moorea
15 June 2014 | Papeete, Tahiti
14 May 2014 | Marquesas, French Polynesia
13 May 2014 | Marquesas, French Polynesia
10 May 2014 | Marquesas, French Polynesia

St Martin, Part 2

25 April 2012 | Great Exuma, Bahamas
Voahangy
St Martin, March 14-18, 2012

Beside big marinas, shops, restaurants, what else is there to do in St Martin? Well, you have to go sailing, which is what we did this week.

With the weather improving, and the wind dying, we’ve decided to explore the eastern anchorages of Tintamarre and Ile Pinel. Both islands are part of the St Martin Natural Reserve, and feature crystal clear waters teeming with life: numerous schools of colourful fish swim around the boats, as well as barracudas, huge sea turtles, we’ve even seen manta rays leap out of the water. Both locations are only accessible by boat, and while crowded with day trippers during the day (Tintamarre seems to be a favourite picnic spot for nudist groups who show up by the dozens off charter boats wearing nothing but a hat), we pretty much have the bays to ourselves. Terry who’s hard to impress, tells me it’s not as good as Australia, but still, that’s the best you get around here!

To kick off the week productively, our skipper organised a family dive with our brand new scuba gear. An easy one to test the equipment and ourselves, since Terry’s and my last dive go back a few years now. The dive site Terry picked was…the hulls, which are covered with marine growth and in desperate need of scrubbing. So the 3 of us donned our full gear and had a great time scrubbing the bottom of the boat while practising our ascending and descending. I think we passed the scuba test, but we all ached from the efforts for days afterwards!

The rest of the week was more sedate, with our days filled with swims, snorkels, and beach walks. Since Anne is studying national parks for school, this was the perfect field study trip, while Marc busied himself testing his new GoPro camera underwater and up the mast. And yes, as challenging as this environment is, we still fit school in every day!!

So, nothing but happiness, glorious sunsets, even prettier sunrises, good company with MIAOUSS (the kids are inseparable)…It is hard to imagine that St Martin and its planeloads of tourists lies only a mere 10 minutes away. Check the photo gallery!

St Martin, 14-18 Mars 2012

A part les marinas, les boutiques et les restaurants, que faire d’autre à St Martin? Eh bien il faut aller en mer, ce qu’on a fait toute cette semaine.
Profitant d’une bonne fenêtre météo et d’un vent plus léger, nous avons décidé de partir à la découverte des mouillages de la côte est, Tintamarre et Ile Pinel. Ces deux iles font partie de la réserve naturelle de St Martin, les eaux y sont d’une limpidité exceptionnelle regorgeant de vie sous-marine : des bancs de poissons multicolores nagent autour du bateau, y compris les barracudas, des grosses tortues, on a même vu des rays mantas décoller. Impressionnant ! On ne peut y accéder que par bateau, et bien que les mouillages soient bondes pendant la journée (Tintamarre notamment a l’air d’être une destination favorite des naturistes qui débarquent juste équipés d’un chapeau), nous sommes presque seuls le reste du temps. Terry, comme d’habitude pense que l’Australie est plus belle, mais pour ici, on ne fait pas mieux !

On a commencé la semaine pleine d’enthousiasme, notre capitaine organisant une séance de plongée avec notre nouveau matos. Une séance facile donc pour tester non seulement l’équipement mais aussi l’équipage, puisque notre dernier plongeon a Terry et moi remonte à quelques années. Le site choisi par Terry, je vous le donne en mille…les coques, qui sont couvertes d’algues et ont grand besoin d’être nettoyées. Alors nous voilà tous les 3 avec Marc, bouteilles sur le dos, à frotter les coques tout en s’entrainant à monter et descendre dans 5 mètres d’eau. On a peut-être passe le test de plongée, mais je ne vous dit pas les courbatures après !

Le reste de la semaine a été moins laborieux, avec des journées passées à se baigner, du snorkelling, et ballades sur la plage. Comme Anne est en train d’étudier les parcs nationaux, c’est la parfaite excursion ; quant à Marc il s’affaire avec sa nouvelle camera Go Pro qu’il teste sous l’eau et en haut du mat. Et pour ceux qui se demandent : oui, même dans un tel environnement, on arrive à faire l’école tous les jours !

Donc, que du bonheur, des couchers de soleils splendides, des levers de soleils encore plus beaux, en compagnie des inséparables MIAOUSS…On ne croirait pas que St Martin et ses touristes sont à peine 10 minutes d’ici. Et les photos sont enfin mises à jour !
Comments
Vessel Name: VOAHANGY
Vessel Make/Model: Lagoon 560
Hailing Port: Sydney
Crew: Terry, Voahangy, Marc, Anne Steen
About:
Terry, 71, skipper, ex-pilot, surfer, aerobatics champion, can fix anything, never sea sick, loves a beer, hates the cold, is happiest anchored off a deserted beach. [...]
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2 glorious months, cruising various parts of Fiji. So many different experiences in one country: lush rainforests, colourful indian towns, blue lagoons, traditional villages, great fishing, fancy resorts... And the best part was sharing the cruising with family and friends. Can't beat Fiji with company! Here is a collection of our favourite moments (and there are a few!!!)
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Some of the whales actions we witnessed in Tonga, to read with the Whales action post by Anne!
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Whale watching, snorkelling, bonfires, making new friends...One of the most remote and austere destination, far away from big tourism, with friendly people holding on to their traditions. Weather a bit chilly, but who cares???
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The time finally came to leave...a month of celebrations and sadness!
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Another holiday within the holiday! Spent 13 fantastic days in Whistler, British Columbia joined by Aussie friends David and Denise. First time on skis for them, perfecting camps for Marc and Anne, loads of fun for everyone.
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Nothing like having family and friends coming for a visit in the sun. Lots of eating, drinking, swimming, laughing...showing everyone our small paradise.
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End of school year in Puerto, many get togethers before flying off to Paris for a family Christmas.
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Day of the Dead festival, a friend visiting from Australia, Anne participating in her first martial arts tournament,...As usual a lot of eating and socialising!
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Having visitors means putting on our tour guide hat "Voahangy & Co in Mexico", much exploring and eating: ruins, cenotes, beaches, villages, markets,... . I shared Mexican cooking lessons and was repaid with Dutch baking classes from our French guest. We ate a lot of cakes this month! So much sugar, no candies needed for Halloween this year, just parties...
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This is the slowest month of the year in Mexico: hurricane threats, hot and humid weather, torrential rains drive the tourists away and confine the rest of us indoors. It poured for 22 days non stop! We still managed a dive (in the rain) for Father's Day, a day of all you can eat and drink at the local resort for Terry's birthday, and as usual lots of cooking and eating. Just on cue, the weather cleared at the end of the month for the arrival of Marie Suzanne, a French girlfriend. So lots of touring and catching up. Celebrated Mexican Independence Day all month long (it seems), eating black beans and pork verde!
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No excursions this month. Just hanging around Puerto Aventuras, school, friends, ...Sat thru a couple of storms, torrential rains, big winds...Nowhere to go so more time spent in the galley and writing about it!!!
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Holiday month for everyone: visitors from the USA, kids in and out, parties, US National Day celebration, French National Day celebration, Tulum for a night (bliss...) The start of a new food blog meant a month spent in the galley experimenting. Not much in terms of local food, mostly home cooked French. Chocolate cake anyone?
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Holiday Seasons with old and new friends, provisioning and preparing to leave the USA...
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End of school year performances, lots of baking/cooking for school festivities, Marc hospitalised, first tropical storms testing our nerves, road trip to Belize... Eat ceviche, my latest food addiction!!!
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Lots on! An interesting road trip to the Chiapas region, wonderful ruins of Palenque, green and lush Tabasco, Anne's birthday, Cozumel by boat, Kids sports graduation...Eat chilaquiles, breakfast with a difference.
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Settling down and mixing with the locals: kids are off to school, birthday parties, more of Tulum, unexpected reunion with fellow cruisers. Eat: black bean soup!
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Exploring the Yucatan peninsula by car, to Uxmal ruins and Merida. More of Tulum. Marc's Birthday. Try Flyboarding. Join in the local community of Puerto Aventuras. Xel-Ha. Discover Playa del Carmen. Eat nachos.
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Landfall in Isla Mujeres, find our way around our new home in Puerto Aventuras, excursion to Coba ruins, discover Tulum, swim with dolphins, eat tacos...
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Our last few weeks (even months) have been spent in Puerto Aventuras, Mexico. Not much cruising for us, more like enjoying company of new friends, safety of a protected harbor, and relaxing for a while, knowing we don't have to go anywhere for a while...
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2 weeks in an island where time has stood still for 50 years! Road trip La havana - Vinales- Cienfuegos - Trinidad - La Havana. Cruise down the west coast, beautiful beaches, good fishing, diving,... Warm waters at last!!!!
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To be enjoyed while reading the post!
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Exploring Charleston and Savannah
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Caught up with friends, left the boat on display at the 2012 Boat Show, toured historic downtown and US Naval Academy, watched a football game...welcome to the US sailing capital!
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Museums, memorials, parks, bike trails...the most photogenic city.
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Where there are some seriously clever people!
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S.V VOAHANGY

Who: Terry, Voahangy, Marc, Anne Steen
Port: Sydney