For some visitors, a day-trip on a boat is not enough to satisfy
that yearning for a vacation on the Caribbean Sea. Donnie from
Cape Breton, Nova Scotia loves to sail in his local waters in summer
but, during the cold Canadian winter, he charters a vessel from
The Moorings in IGY Rodney Bay Marina and sails the islands with friends.
We are welcomed back by a friendly face, Lene Volney, the Operations Manager. She shows us to our home for the next few days, Maupiti, a 42.1 Beneteau monohull, and we are impressed: clean and well-equipped. Now we need to provision. Top of the list: Admiral Rodney Rum.
Shopping done, bags unpacked and it’s cocktail hour! Time to break out the blender and use some of the fresh limes we just picked from a friend’s tree.
We all slept well but need coffee (and Baileys) to function. After a boat briefing from The Moorings, we take Maupiti for a short run outside the harbour, to Pigeon Island, where we practice anchoring techniques. We venture out, towards Martinique, to get a handle on the winds, pointing and time. A successful experiment. Now back to the dock for lunch at Pink Plantation. Love their bakes!
We leave the dock at 12:30 and are soon out into the channel, into the blowing winds, on a south bearing to Marigot Bay. We pass places we recognise: Windjammer, Vigie Lighthouse, Castries Harbour, the oil refinery. At Marigot we find a mooring ball but are sad to discover that Rainforest Hideaway is no longer. At least the Rum Cave at Capella is still open.
Still In Saint Lucia
The winds are strong so we defer crossing the channel to Martinique, instead sailing down to Soufriere to view the Pitons then back north to Rodney Bay. With evening drinks on the boat checked off the ‘to do’ list we are off to dinner at my favourite restaurant, The Cliff at Cap Maison, polished off with rum and cigars on their deck.
The crew of 3 is up early to leave the dock at 9 am. As soon as we exit the harbour we hoist the main and let out the jib. Destined for Martinique, I am at the helm for the first hour. At 2 pm we take down our sails and motor into the Ste Anne’s anchoring field.
It was a long, hard sail through stiff winds and squalls. Hard and fun!
Donnie and crew spent the next two days exploring Martinique before returning to Saint Lucia and reluctantly saying goodbye to the island. But the lure of the sea (and local rum) is strong and they will be back next year.
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