12/30/2009, French side of St Martin
We're back in St. Martin.
We checked in on the French side this time. After an uneventful motor sail back to St Barts from Nevis in 8-12 foot swells, we visted Gustavia, the capital of St Barts. We spent a rolly night in Colomier and then left for our trip back to St Martin.
Beckie leaves today but before she goes she is leaving me with a few dozen homemade (boatmade) chocolate chip cookies.
Needless to say, I am going to miss having her around.
I have pictures to post in the gallery when I get a free moment.
Hope you all have a safe New Years....
Beckie can spot a deer a half mile in the woods from a car doing 75 MPH or a bird in the tree 1000 yds away.
She's the one that spotted the Dolphins, the Octopus, the Lobsters,the Stingray and the Helmet Conch. Not bad for a first time snorkeler.
I must have been looking the other way.
12/25/2009, Pinneys Beach, Nevis
So we woke up Thursday morning and decided a rock beach with breaking waves was no place to snorkel. We checked out Majors Bay and that too was pretty bad. This SSE wind has the usual places looking pretty uncomfortable.
We headed off to Nevis to in a 20 knot head wind and a pretty good north swell.
They have about 50 mooring balls set up along the beach and would "prefer" you to take a ball rather than anchor. 20 bucks for the week seemed reasonable enough.
To try and pick up a mooring ball in 20+ knots of wind and a 2-3 foot swell.... Beckie was a pro... got it first time...... rock and roll.... mostly roll... lots of roll.... the wind is about 45 degree off the direction of the swell..... Yuck!
Went into Charlestown to get our immigration work finished. Seems the immigration lady in St Kitts was off Xmas shopping every time we went by. Luckily ST Kitts and Nevis are the same country so we were able to that here. After stopping by the Port Captains office to pay our mooring fee and "environmental solid waste levy" we made arrangements for tomorrows hike through the rain forest.
On the way back to the boat we stopped in the beach bar right off our mooring. A place called SUNSHINES. It's an open beach bar with these great big lazy couches for seating. After many Caribs and Killer Bees..... Beckie dancing with all the locals....swamping the dinghy getting back off the beach and into he surf we headed back out to the boat... still rocking and rolling... mostly rolling..... Yuck!
Our 2 am maneuver was to set out an anchor off the port side to bring the bow into the waves and swell..... Don't try that at home folks...... with the boat rocking instead of rolling we were able to get to sleep.
Rain forest hike today......
Alan & beckie