On Saturday evening we met 2 other British couples in Basil’s Bar and later had drinks on one of their boats. One couple had been sailing in Brazil and the other had spent 4 years in the med before crossing the Atlantic in December. We always swop business card style ‘boat cards’ and ours just has a photo of the boat with her name on the front and our contact details on the back. The blue colour on the back fades to white, giving us a large area to scribble a note as well. We had thought about getting little gifts with the boat website printed on them but in the end the cost of lip salves or small teddies was too high and we had 500 cards printed instead. Our friend, Samantha Cassell, designed and kindly gave them to us as a farewell gift last June.
We walked to the north west of the island yesterday, finding the Church, Police Station, petrol pumps, library and primary school. Again everywhere was immaculate, like a model village. We have been told there are about 1000 staff who work here, keeping it all in order.
The security office is near the dock and the harbour master has 3 boats just outside to assist in the job of keeping the coast secure. The island also has a Doctor and nurse. Can’t think of a more beautiful place to work and the attitude of all those we have encountered working here is of appreciation too.
The library and primary school were next to one another in beautiful grounds. They had installed a large playground with all sorts of equipment for the energetic children and thatched summerhouses dotted around gave shady areas to sit and read. A lovely learning environment.
We walked past the airport, which has a little airstrip and a building with flags of many nations flying from it. Sailors can clear customs there too if need be. After that we found Endeavour Bay, the home of the 5 star Cotton House Hotel. The beach bar was very upmarket and served excellent coffee and homemade biscuits still warm from the oven.
The hotel grounds are pristine and house several different buildings with a gym, spa and pool, restaurants and villas, plus a water sports centre. It was an old plantation, beautifully renovated and spacious. Might have to check in for a night on our return next season.
The anchorage is quite ‘rolly’ but we are getting used to the motion. It is still great to be on the boat and able to jump into the clear water to cool off. We have had a great time here, a real privilege to visit the island and see what it is like and It has certainly impressed. This morning we did some internet banking, stocked up on fresh provisions from the stall and supermarket and will head off shortly to make the short passage to Canouan.