First…..An Elieen Quinn Montage Kind of a Day – Feb 27
In reference in the above title, Eileen Quinn is an amazing Canadian singer, sailor, song writer. Her perceptive and humorous takes on the cruising lifestyle is bang on. We love to have her blasting as we set sail somewhere. Not today…. Too much banging and rocking…more on this later
We are currently snuggled into the lovely little St.Anne on the island of Martinique. This is what I have been waiting for.
Our planned short stop in the howling, hustle and bustle of Rodney Bay, St.Lucia extended into 8 days. In my careful stainless polishing and shining we noticed a crack in the turnbuckle on one of the back stays. Of course the parts needed to ordered and shipped – cost for duties and shipping was more than one of the two turnbuckles that we ordered… such is the boating life. Whilst anchored in the bay the winds howled and howled…. Our preferred routine is dinner on deck and then chilling watching the stars and world go by. With my jacket on and the dodger window closed (chilling took on a whole new meaning). Most evenings we resorted to dinner below. And tonight… we are gently swaying, watching the stars in St. Anne after a lovely, calm dinner in the cockpit.
Now speaking of winds… here comes the tie in to the title and our passage today. In for what appeared to be a gentle 21nm sail I decided to forgo my trusty seasickness pill… Wrong idea. We rounded the corner of Pigeon Island and perhaps the chop was a mere 1.4m but there happened to be a lovely 2m swell with a 5 second wave period crashing onto our beam the entire way. With “lively’ winds, a reefed main and ¾ jib we still arrived in just over 3 hours (which for us in quite fast)!
A few of Eileen’s classics came to mind: If I Killed the Captain, Passagemaker’s Hollar, and of course, The Anchoring Dance….
My husband, an incredible man and thankfully a very competent sailor… it’s just this communication thing that sometimes gets in our way. We have the coolest “marriage saver wireless headphones” that we use for the infamous anchoring dance. Now if only they could also translate from “Mars to Venus” or something.
Me: “so what are you thinking”
CaptN: “between those 2 boats”
Me: “oh of course, perhaps the German flagged and the blue hulled one you mean?”
CaptN: “no, those other 2 further over”
Me: (arrrrrgh)… “Oh you mean the between the American one and Emilia further to port?”
CaptN: “yes” (obviously you bozo is his thought I am sure)….
.. murmur murmur as we confer to the depth etc
CaptN: “OK, let’s try for that sand patch just ahead”.
Me: “okey, dokey I’ll give you the go when we get there”…… this is then followed by the angst and dance of anchoring whereby the CaptN believes that from the stern he is able to magically see immediately under the bow of the boat to identify the above mentioned sand patch and therefore, does not need to pay any heed to my directions from the bow….
Sigh…… great communication tools… again, something just gets lost in translation
And now St. Anne with the prospects of delicious and inexpensive French cheeses, olives, chocolate and fresh baguettes…. We will settle in, for hikes, runs and enjoy the quiet life…. Ooops, perhaps not as we just discovered we have arrived in time for Carnival celebrations Monday and Tuesday….
And Later…..March 10
So 10 days later we were finally able to haul up our anchor – inertia had set in and we were quite comfy and cozy enjoying the easy lifestyle in St. Anne.
A quick couple of days in Fort de Franc, where we met up with some buddies from Grenada… Steve & Eva from s/v Music. With the last of our French provisions we sailed to the top of Martinique, St. Pierre, for a stop off before the trip to Dominica. An ugly weather day for sailing so we spent the day exploring St.Pierre, which we hadn’t done before.
A Return to Dominca – March 13
Truly, one of our most favorite islands…. Hiking galore, great provisioning, friendly people and a(nother) laid back lifestyle. THE most amazing hike to the Valley of Desolation and Boiling Lake had been on our “To Do” list and it worked out this time around. An incredibly brilliant, clear sky day and amazing hike – LOVED every minute of it…. 14 miles and LOTS and LOTS of uphill climb but well worth it and the refreshing pool and waterfalls at the end, spectacular! We have decided to stay a few more days and get in a few more hikes before venturing a little further north to “The Saintes” and then Anituga.