We arrived last night at 1933 local time to a wonderful welcome from the finishing line boat, ARC officials and St Lucia tourist officials bearing ice cold rum punch, basket of fruit and a bottle of rum. Other ARC boats nearby cheered and shouted as we berthed up and it was a memorable arrival into a marina!
Also welcoming us a few miles out were a very energetic group of dolphins who played by the bow.
The marina has undergone huge development since we last visited in 2006, with shops, bars, restaurants and wide pontoon berths. Although it was dark we didn’t have too much trouble berthing but the depth under the keel did read 0.6 metres at one point and the narrow cut from the bay into the lagoon is quite difficult to see with all the bright lights from the Rodney Bay complex around it.
Our laundry has already been collected by Suds Laundry and the refuse is also picked up from the boat. Later we will get a better Wi-Fi connection in the local cafe and update the photos. We also need to pump the dinghy as there is a dinghy dock at the huge mall nearby where we can re-stock for Christmas. Still not sure where we will spend Christmas, maybe here, maybe Martinique or Grenadines, just see how we feel and where our friends are heading!