We ended up spending 10 days in Marigot Bay and had a really wonderful time. The Golden Breezers arrived and we had a couple of crazy nights with them, we met Dan an aussie super yacht chef plus Maggie & Colin who were staying at the hotel, all of whom were adopted by the cruisers at the Hurricane Hole. We went diving and shared a couple of fun nights with Dan and then Maggie & Colin ended up joining us for the trip back to Rodney Bay. Marc & Kathy from White Rabbit who we met in Rodney Bay also popped in for a couple of nights. Finally, I also enjoyed the gym and a Pilates class at the hotel, whilst spending most afternoons at the pool.
We did have a couple of incidents too, reminding us that this is not all just one big holiday.... at happy hour Askooby (our dinghy) strangely drifted out into the bay, despite being tied up at our feet. Hmmmm not sure that it wasn't untied, as we heard a splash and a local guy said not to worry his 'friend', who happened to be out there in the dark paddle boarding, would pick it up. After that we locked it up even when we were right there. Then we also got driven into by a german yacht when they were trying to pick up a mooring - most of that polished out but a stainless steel fishing rod hold is very dented into the pushpit - the lady on the helm apparently didn't know the boat was in gear..... We are certainly ready to go somewhere new now!
|Andrew with our lovely friends from Golden Breeze - Fabian, Philip and Anne|
|One of the many super yachts in Marigot Bay|
|Lunch by the pool|
|Marigot view from Askari|
|Me with Anne and Maggie|
|Another Happy Hour at the Hurricane Hole|
|Bringing Askooby home|
|Party night on Askari - a big curry and alot of wine|
|Yacht Drumbeat arrives in Marigot Bay|
|Maggie & Colin join us|
|Maggie & Andrew enjoy the scenic tour along the coast of St Lucia|
|Coming back to Rodney Bay|
Back in Rodney Bay the parts for the furler had arrived but it still took another three days to get the paperwork right to get them out of customs.... So we spent a lovely day at Pigeon Island - sadly I forgot my camera but it was just lovely. We walked to the highest peak with stunning views of Martinique, explored the old fort and buildings, had lunch and then spent the afternoon on the beach. From the high point we spotted a boat that looked familiar - it was Oyster 545-01 Shelena which was launched a year before Askari - we had been on board her in Ipswich but never met her owners Phil & Helen. Phil was onboard as we zoomed back to Rodney Bay - next night we enjoyed a few cocktails and stories with Phil & Helen at the Landings resort. Phil also sold us a mountain of books on the US east coast for the next part of our adventure.
|Landings Resort Beach|
|Sunset over Rodney Bay|
|A lot of books to read up in the East Coast USA|
|Nick hard at work - no feeling in his broken thumb!|
|Boys figuring out the next step|
|The hard bit was getting it back together|
Time for one last meal out before flying to London - so we joined Kathy and Marc from White Rabbit for a thai feast and a few magic tricks.... I have a feeling we will see these guys again aboard an Oyster somewhere in the world, if not at their home in Canada!
|Us with Kathy and the master magician Marc|