Wind Surfing Lessons
29 December 2007 | Pigeon Point
We returned our rental car today and tried the pancake house for breakfast. Jeremy at the rental car place dropped us off which was nice of him. The food at the pancake house was good but service was subject to Caribbean speed and accuracy. Order a berry smoothie, get a banana smoothie, but hey as long as what you get is tasty you're ahead of the game.
After walking back to the beach we moved the big boat up the coast a little to Pigeon point. Pigeon point is one of those anchorages behind a reef that looks wide open but is really pretty settled. You can't get greedy though, if you try to move in all the way to the north east you'll drop anchor in shallow sand over rock. Most of the time this anchorage is much less rolly than Store Bay.
The Pigeon Point is a park and coming from land you have to pay $3 US to get in. If you're on a yacht and land your dinghy on the beach you may have to pay or you may not. Seems to depend on who's on patrol. One guy told us we didn't need to pay when we dinghy in and another guy told us to pay.
There are a number of establishments back in the palms including shops near the entrance, a SCUBA outfit, a dock where the glass bottom boats shuttle folks back and forth to the reef, a fast food and bar area, a proper sit down restaurant and a water sports shack. The water sports folks rent wind surfers and kite board set ups as well as lessons.
Stian and Tina were enjoying the beach when we got there and had their new wind surfer all set up. Stian had bought the wind surfer in Chagarams right before he left for $25 US, not a bad deal! The mast is a little short for the sail but otherwise it is great. Stian spent some time teaching Hideko and I how to get going. It was a lot of fun falling into the water over and over but I think we'll need a day on a starter rig to get going.