Trilogy: a sailing saga in three parts

23 January 2018 | Clifton Harbour Union Island
19 January 2018 | Tobago Cays
16 January 2018 | Port Elizabeth Bequia
14 January 2018 | Young Island Cut St Vincent
12 January 2018 | Young Island Cut St Vincent
10 January 2018 | Marigot Bay St Lucia
06 January 2018 | Rodney Bay St Lucia
02 January 2018 | Rodney Bay St Lucia
01 January 2018 | Rodney Bay St Lucia
28 December 2017 | St Anne Martinique
27 December 2017 | St Anne Martinique
24 December 2017 | Fort de France Martinique
20 December 2017 | St Pierre Martinique
20 December 2017 | St Pierre Martinwue
20 December 2017 | St Pierre Martinique
16 December 2017 | Martinique
13 December 2017 | Pointe a Pitre Guadeloupe
13 December 2017
13 December 2017 | Guadeloupe
12 December 2017 | Pointe a Pitre Guadeloupe

Beautiful Martinique

20 December 2017 | St Pierre Martinique
Myra Rowling
We had a very exciting sail to Saint Pierre on Martinique. As it was 77 miles, we set off around 5am and the skipper proposed we do watches. The conditions were so changeable, however, all hands were needed on deck most of the time for lots of foredeck sail changes and reefings of the main sail. It was champagne sailing with lovely weather and Trilogy enjoyed herself by averaging over 7 knots. We also saw the little Caribbean dolphins, who came to say hello. We were anchored in the pretty bay of St Pierre in good daylight.

The bay is a lovely sweep, going from the town to the verdant cliffs behind, to cultivated green fields, and then the majestic Mount Pelee volcano shrouded in cloud. The town, established in 1635, was the capital until the 1902 Pelee eruption, which completely wiped out what was known as the Paris of the Caribbean, killing all 30,000 inhabitants bar one, a prisoner in gaol, who was freed by French sailors three days after the eruption.

We toured the northern part of the island, visiting Morne Rouge on the slope of the volcano, where 1,500 inhabitants perished in 1902. They still hold an annual commemorative event, where they pray before a beautiful statute of the Virgin Mary carved in Normandy. The highlight of the day was a visit to the Jardin de Balata (the photo is one of many taken there) which has been created by the landscape architect Jean Philippe Thoze. They are stunning, perhaps even better than the ones in Guadeloupe. The views to the coast through flowers and foliage are amazing, especially from the swinging bridges between the trees. The bromeliad collection is huge.

Next day's highlights included the Zoo, also planned by Thoze, and set in the ruins of Habitation Latouche, built in 1650 and destroyed in 1902. It was a sugar, rum, indigo and manioca plantation, with slave quarters, a hospital, dams, and an aqueduct. The zoo is a series of board walks (including swinging bridges again) past animal enclosures. The animals included a giant anteater, tortoises, a capybara, a puma, a black jaguar, monkeys, wallabies, flamingoes, galahs, lorikeets, macaws, butterflies, fish and South American caimans. A lovely and interesting experience. We also visited the Gaugin museum. Gaugin came here for only four months in 1887 but produced some of the most beautiful paintings, though we of course only saw reproductions. (He also lived in Tobago and worked on the Panama Canal. He went on to live in Tahiti and the Marquesses, where the Lehmans and Leslies have seen his grave.) Poor tortured genius.

Myra Rowling
Vessel Name: Trilogy
Vessel Make/Model: Beneteau Oceanis 54
Hailing Port: Sydney, Australia
Crew: Garth & Ros Brice; John & Myra Rowling; Steven Ring
About: The crew all live in Canberra, Australia and have raced and cruised together in the Canberra Ocean Racing Club.
Extra: Trilogy cruised through the Mediterranean for four seasons before crossing the Atlantic with the ARC to the Caribbean. Following three seasons in the Caribbean the intention is to sail back across the Atlantic in 2018 and continue cruising in the Med.
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