Leaving Bequia at just before midnight, we had a fast sail to St Lucia despite the 2 reefs in the main. We never like to mess about reducing sail in the dark, so play it safe when we know the wind strength is reasonable. Having added the third reefing line means we can stay in the safety of the cockpit to reef anyway but we haven’t had to use it yet.
The stars were stunning as always and the swell wasn’t enough to affect the boat, so we had a comfortable sail for most of the trip. A couple of bursts of strong wind had the boat heeled well over but it didn’t last too long. I was virtually standing on the side of the table in the cockpit, just bracing myself.
Once dawn broke, we trolled the fishing line again and on our approach into the Pitons, caught another tuna with our latest lure. No worries about dinner again. The weather conspired against Steve getting a good photo of the majestic peaks though, with mist and rain obscuring the view.
We continued to Rodney Bay, anchoring in the same patch of white sand off Landings as usual. Then it was a quick snorkel over the anchor to check it and into customs to clear in. Steve’s journey from Grenada to St Lucia was complete and ‘his’ seat in the cockpit will seem very empty for a while. We have thoroughly enjoyed having him on board.
Last night we had another delicious meal in the Jambe de Bois and just now a great lunch in Landings Resort, taking the dinghy in to the bridge into their marina. The outboard powering the bridge does look odd!
Linus has just taken Steve, his bags and 6 letters to post in the UK for us, to the airport and he will see a lot of the island during the 90 minute journey. He is keen to return to the Caribbean, as in the 3 weeks he was with us we could really only manage a taster of what a few of the islands have to offer. We also have a lot more to explore, several year’s worth.
We now have a week until our friends, David and Looies arrive and they are with us until the end of May. Once they settle in we will plan their visit, as there is plenty of time to do the entire chain if they want, or take a more leisurely pace through the same islands Steve visited.
The boat has still got that small freshwater leak and we would like to find it before it gets any worse. Another issue is that the teak toerail by the mid cleat on the starboard side has cracked and we need to repair it to stop it getting any bigger. We will haul out in early June until mid July and complete a few tasks but nowhere near the 170+ we had in Trinidad. She is still in pretty good shape and we don’t have a need for any contractors this time, unless we get too lazy or hot to do the polishing.