New Year 2017
06 January 2017 | Le Marin.
How time flys when you are having fun! Or just goofing off.
Arrived in St. Anne's, Martinique on about the 18th of November. It was great to be there. It's a very pretty French style seaside village. There are a couple of supermarkets, a fresh market and a boulangerie or two in the mix. It's so good that there is a lady who putts around in her dinghy in the morning selling baguettes and croissants! What more could I want?
After about two weeks there, a horrible westerly squall blew through and made for a very uncomfortable night with us all being anchored on a lee shore. The winds were around the 35 knot mark, which may not seem that much. But the problem is the lee shore. As well as being attached to the sea floor, anchored, in 12' of water and the waves rolling in at about 6-8' from trough to peak. The boats were like bucking broncos, all over the place. One dragged anchor and ended up on the reef. Not fun. The following day was very uncomfortable with the direction of the swell so I upped anchor and came into Le Marin. It is a very protected bay surrounded mainly by mangroves.
Here I've had the thermostat replaced in my fridge as it had packed up as I was leaving Trinidad. The level of expertise here is very good. Real service.
I had been invited to join up with 4 other boats for The 3 Days of Christmas. The boats were Seamanther, Silken sea, Lovezur, Partners and myself.
Christmas Eve was drinks and snacks aboard Partners. A great evening it was. Lots of laughs, a great Secret Santa and food to die for.
Christmas Day was aboard Seamanther. We all contributed in some form or another and the food was some of the best I've had in the Caribbean. Ham, turkey and so many sides. Then followed the desserts. Phew! It did me in. The food was traditional English and traditional Martinique style which was very good.
Boxing Day Brunch. Richard, from Partners, cooked us all an English breakfast and so it continued.
What a great Christmas it was!
New Years Eve is always a quiet affair for me and I was invited to enjoy a delicious dinner aboard Partners.
So now it's nearly time to continue the northward trek up to Antigua.
Happy New Year to you all out there.