14 December 2008 | St Martin
We have at last arrived in St Martin to pick up Drimia and set off around the Caribbean. Have spent the week doing jobs on her to get her ready for the Pacific crossing. Spent huge amounts of money in Budget Marine, the local chandlery which has just about everything you could want and more. They've been great there. Winston even taught Andy how to splice! We now have a new dinghy and outboard to go ashore in. It's a nice sturdy rubber one unlike the tinny one that Andy fell out of in Eden on our trip from Melbourne to Sydney! We can't think of a name for it so have decided it's the 'Ute to Drimia', in keeping with our new Australian status!
We have some electronic work being done tomorrow and, hopefully, after that, can get on with some sailing round the island and seeing St Martin from the sea side as opposed to land. We are currently on the French side and will have to check out when we go round to the Dutch side. As it's only 7 miles round the whole of the island, this is distinctly odd but never mind. After that we plan to go over to Anguilla which is about 15 miles away and will take about 2-3 hours to sail to. Hopefully we can take a few photos to put on here.
WiFi has been a bit hard to find in Oyster Pond but is apparently a lot more available once we get to Antigua so maybe I can put some photos on here and let you know a bit about where we are.
We've just spent a pleasant hour in Mr Busby's Beach Bar listening to a steel band do a selection of Christmas Hits so we are thinking of you all in the UK, Christmas shopping in the cold and all of you in Australia. Don't buy us anything this year!! Just come out and visit!