The guide book says "Tired of the sharing the Caribbean with too may other visitors? Vieux Fort is great: it does not have a tourist bone in it's body" And their right. Out of the way on the southeast coast of St Lucia ,off the beaten path, a large deserted beach and only two other boats. No rolling, no rocking, a nice breeze, a pineapple rum cooler (no ice though) a hot shower. It was worth the 35 miles, th last 12 miles of which was a wild windward beat, to get here. Only one thing missing...... but she will be here in 4 days.
So far I think St Lucia is one of the most picturesque islands I've seen so far.
Tomorrow I will head south and down the windward side of St Vincent and 50 miles later, I should be in Bequia.
I decided not to stay in Martinique. So i left early for the ride to St. Lucia.
I am getting smarter..... left the reef in, hugged the coast and made all the easting I could before heading out to open water. Was able to make Rodney Bay with no problems. Kind of a wind tunnel here and I came in with a fierce wind and rain storm. I have not seen that kind of rain in a very long time. The boat needed it though. It was getting kind of crusty.
The bottom here is different. Hard packed sand. It only took me 6 attempts to get the anchor to stick. Lucky I put the windlass switch at the wheel. Since I am alone and the boats are pretty well packed in here, it saves on the heart attacks of my neighbors, especially when it's blowing 20 knots.
I'll be here a day or two before heading out to St Vincent and Bequia.
I need fuel, milk, bread and propane. There is a big charter fleet here and this is the place where the ARC Round the world Ralley starts so stores are plentiful.
For those of you who not on my crew/trip mailing list... lots of slots open for crew to make island hops or passagemaking north. Good deal, I supply the boat and food. You get yourself here and try to stay awake while I sleep. Contact me if your interested
Tonight I am anchored in the harbor in Fort De France. They put the anchorage right near the ferry dock so every 45 minutes it gets a little rocky here. But, I got to tell you, the harbor actually has bouys that are as they are marked on the chart. And they are lit.... first time I've seen that down here. The city, from my vantage point looks like a pretty lively place. Not like the last 3 islands I have been to. This is supposed to be the Paris of the Caribbean. This is also where Napoleon's Josephine was born.
When I left this morning I had a gut feeling about the wind. The last 3 days, as you come to the end of the island where there is nothing but open water, the wind pipes up a little. This morning I tucked in a reef before I left. Glad I did. The wind was gusting up to 25 knots witha big ocean swell. Pretty snotty out there. I was able to do 7 to 7.5 knots about 10 degrees off the rhumb line. After I got to the next island though it slowed down a bit. Was a pretty long and hard sail.
Oh, When I was in St Maartin I learned to tell the time of day by which plane took off over head. I just noticed today that I've seen my first plane in over a week. My, how you noticed stupid things like that.
No internet that I can pick up here so I am showered and fed.....and it's time for bed a