|Vessel Name:||Tortue de Mer|
|Vessel Make/Model:||Jeantot Marine, Privelege 39|
|Hailing Port:||Sete, France|
|Crew:||Michael Karamanof et al.|
Our Sunday farewell at Grande Anse was spectacular, great evening, Thomas on form with the guitar, the morning snorkeling rewarded us both with four turtle sightings each! Yesterday early afternoon we got into the marina Etang Zabricot and completed all the last preparations on the boat for the hurricane [...]
It’s been decided, Tortue de Mer stays here on Martinique and we are flying back to Europe. We are going to secure the boat and I will resume sailing in or around November. With quarantine compulsory all over the surrounding islands, no crew able to come join us, hurricane season upon us and Panama closed for outgoing flights, it seems the best solution at the moment. Tickets bought, Greece here I come! And SA when they decide to allow travel... Watch this space for further updates, currently relaxing in Ste Anne, weather definitely changing.
Well, Panama being closed for flights and the rest of the Caribbean slowly opening, we didn’t want to risk getting stuck in Panama. Also without friends/crew being able to arrive as planned, it’s getting increasingly difficult to move forward... Thus the alternative plan is to get to Grenada, secure the boat for the tropical storm season and return to Europe and SA till the end of the year, hopefully after all the corona peaks!? We have meantime a new Genoa furler, a new gooseneck for our trusted boom and a boat in very good general condition. Apply here or by email for crewing on the next leg(s)! 😎 Our last days on Martinique, one of our Caribbean homes, we are spending diving, fishing, fixing, cooking and eating scrumptious meals, watching Black Sails and sampling various rums amongst other activities. By far not bored, but frustrated that the virus had the last word in our plans...
DHL took their time, but eventually got the sail cleared from customs and we picked it up yesterday coming back to Le Marin after two beautiful days in Ste Anne again. The countdown started for our departure to Panama, weather got definitely wetter, reminding us also, it’s time to go! A few more farewell drinks, some last-minute shopping, organizing things in Panama for our arrival... The general program remains leaving the boat in Panama and making our way to Europe sometime in July, thereafter resuming the trip in January.
Days fly, situations change! Marina life: Done some repairs (port engine water pump), bought some more spares, given up on the diesel generator and bought a small petrol-driven one, partied heavily with both Greeks and Belgians, tracked our sail arriving by DHL only on 15 June and more! We hired a car [...]