26 January 2019 | Carlisle Bay
After checking out in English Harbour following a nights stay, and watching an Atlantic crossing rowing boat with 5 men on board arrive around midnight, we sail down to Deshais bay.
Quite a busy anchorage but we find a spot near the little fishing harbour, and check in on the simple customs computer located in a store in the main street.
Then we sail south to Pigeon Island and anchor. But a local informs us no anchoring so we move to the main shore. We dinghy over to the island for snorkelling.
Next we sail south to Isle de Saintes. A pleasant spot with nice village and a slection of bays with beaches.
Next we motor into the easterly wind to Marie Galante Island and anchor off Saint Louis village. A pleasant anchorage with nice beaches. The town is a bit old, but there are some restaurants.
Then a good sail up to St. Francoise where we take a berth in the marina, and fill the water tanks and stock up etc. Very pleasant town with an interesting local produce market,
One curiosity was a large amount of Sargasso weed coming in from the Atlantic. It seems the weed is increasing perhaps due to warming, or fertilizer pollution or something?? This is becoming an increasing issue.
Then we check out, and sail up to the north of Guadaloupe to the village of Port Louis which rests just inside the Grande Coul-de-sac Marin. A nice moderately protected anchorage with a village and some restaurants etc., and a harbour able to accomodate a few yachts.
Our next intention was to explore the area behind the reefs and visit St Rose, but a northerly swell started coming in so we altered course and sailed up to Falmouth on Antigua and picked up a buoy for the night.
Now we are enjoying the pleasant anchorage in Carlisle bay and had a pleasant meal ashore in the little restaurant on the east side of the bay.