From Clarke’s Court we motored around to Phare Bleu, paying another visit to their lovely lightship and having a meal in the poolside bar. We also got a quote for the deck awnings from ‘The Canvas Shop’. The mooring buoy was less than 2.50 GBP but the bay gets a lot of swell and the boat rolled all night long. They did have hot water showers though, a real treat.
The next morning we motored into the next bay, Port Egmont, which is the best hurricane hole around. We were anchored in the empty inner lagoon by 0700 and the calm water and peace was bliss. There are 2 other boats tied to the ends of private gardens but we were the only visitor.
The bay is spoilt somewhat by lots of new housing, some are lovely but one set of ugly flats have not been completed and just left to mar the landscape. Near the bridge in the north of the bay, the landowner’s offices have a small dock and we were allowed to leave the dinghy there whilst ‘Shademan’ picked us up in his taxi to take us back to Clarke’s Court to watch the London Olympics Opening Ceremony.
It was a good afternoon, with lots of cheering when the teams walked into the stadium. As well as the UK and Ireland, we cheered all the Caribbean islands we have visited and it made us realise how many we now feel an affinity with. Grenada got an extra big cheer of course as it is home full time to many cruisers. Everyone around us was impressed with the show, especially 007 and Mr Bean! We did have to explain who a few people were though, such as Sir Steve Redgrave but it was lovely to see so many of the UK scenes we know so well, such as the source of the Thames at Lechlade where we used to live, even if they passed the rest of the room by.
It was interesting to learn that our American sailors didn’t know that the industrial revolution started in the UK and the inventor of the www was also British!
We are now in St David’s, having moved east to get a better angle for Trinidad but we only have another 4 days afloat. The bay is easy to enter with 2 sets of lit nav buoys and at the moment it is almost empty with just a couple of empty boats on moorings and 1 at anchor. The water is calm and the surroundings are beautiful. A quick swim when we arrived at 0800 and then a wander around the boatyard to find our friend’s yacht, which we promised to check for them.
The beach is sandy with a nice wooden bar. The yard has showers and a laundry and the moorings and drinks are cheaper than anywhere else we have been to. On the east of the bay is a plantation resort, which reputedly has an excellent restaurant doing breakfast, lunch and dinner. It is closed now but we will definitely investigate when we return from Trinidad!
Our friends on ‘Moana’ are joining us for the crossing and we will both be lifted ashore on the same day so more than likely close to one another. There is a forecast of 55 knot winds for next weekend but we should be tied down and safe in the yard by then and beginning our long stay in Trinidad. It is so nice here that we are already considering hauling out in St David’s next year though. As St David is the patron saint of Wales, it would be apt!