Winter on a warm island.
01 March 2018 | Martinique.
Wow! That was the beginning of December. Last year. How time flys when you are having fun.
So I stayed in Le Marin for about two weeks. It's one of the largest sailing ports out here in the Eastern Caribbean. The charter fleet is huge and caters to all services that a cruiser might require.
I wrote to the suppliers about my Acco anchor chain having a metallurgic collapse. The suppliers were not interested so I moved on. The French islands are metric and I have an American boat. BUT the 5/16ths BBB windlass gypsy fits the 8mm chain perfectly here. So all went well with that. I was also up for a new dinghy. I can hear cheering in the background. So while lightening the wallet, add one aluminum bottomed dinghy. Smooth! Oh, and throw in a new stove while the card is being brandished about.
Well, I still have one kidney left after paying for that lot. Magnus, Liv and Silke helped me replacing the chain and getting the stove aboard.
So now I can bake and roast again. Great! Not so fast. The oven uses propane and there is none in the French islands. They use butane. After filling up in St. Lucia I used up my first bottle mid December. End of baking.
By mid December, or so, we, Ocean Maiden, Nanny and myself were anchored in Grande Anse d'Arlet, Martinique. It's a beautifully bay with palms, small bars and restaurants along the shoreline and a resident turtle population of about 150. The water is usually crystal clear and the snorkeling is great. Needless to say, I spent over two months there. Happy. During that time, we had a great Christmas Eve aboard Nanny and they treated us to a Swedish Christmas feast. All the traditional dishes were great. And Liv is a very good cook.
Then New Year's Eve and Magnus' 50th birthday collided. A crowd of their friends flew out from Sweden and rented holiday houses around the bay. Needless to say, parties happened and with a really nice crowd.
After Nannys friends left, we had a couple of days together and then they headed north on the way home, via Bahamas, Cuba, USA, Greenland etc. these Nordic folk are tough.
I'm now back in Le Marin after having beaten myself up motor sailing east back around Diamond rock up to here. I've been here for a week and have added a butane system to the boat so that I can now buy cooking gas here too! Oh joy!
What small pleasures mean to me out here.