Ships Log 2 Jan 2004
Christmas in St Lucia was a BBQ on the beach.
About 70 ARC crews were crowded onto the narrow beach, with dainty individual
charcoal BBQ's, dodging intermittent rain squalls. We had acquired a large
grille from the local welder, and our BBQ of driftwood in a tunnel of sand may
not have been smokeless, but cooked the chicken (and tuna - courtesy of Nicky
Tam) to perfection.
The time after crossing the Atlantic can be an
anticlimax, but the ARC program this year was full, and we explored St Lucia
on a tour bus sponsored by Discovery who are developing Marigot Bay, and went
mountain bicycling through the jungle with lectures on local fruit, plus
various parties etc, and then sailed 30 miles north to Martinique to pick up
For the 7 days after Christmas Tony Robbins,
a travelling Brit, joined us. We had entered the inaugural St Lucia Yacht Club
Christmas Regatta. We did not want to race Intrepid, so joined the
fun/cruising division, which included a treasure hunt sailing round 15 miles
of St Lucia on Boxing Day to Marigot Bay, a fun race back next day, and a
round the buoys race on 28th Dec, with prizes, dinners and rum punch each
night. Intrepid did Westerly Oceanlords and Kemp sails proud, beating a
Beneteau 50, Malo 42 and Victoria 38 to win line honours and on handicap. A
We sailed the 80 miles south to Bequia for New
Years Eve, pausing only to anchor in the shallow part of the main port St
Lucia port of Castries (avoiding 3 huge cruise ships) to redeem a
voucher presented by Diamonds International as one of the prizes.
Bequia is one of the old whaling islands and has a
relaxed happy international atmosphere, which is just as well as we entered
the bay in a full gale at night, and anchored in just 3 metres of water so
full was the anchorage. New Years Eve we dined and partied to a steel band,
then next day had to head 80 miles north again into the teeth of the same
continuing gale. This was serious sailing, sometimes we were doing 9 knots
with 3 reefs, others we had blue water crashing over right up to the cockpit,
and struggled to make 5 knots. But the moon shone, the water was warm, and at
4am we entered Rodney Bay, dropped anchor and fell asleep.
We leave you with all best wishes, the information that it is raining (hard)
here in St Lucia and we sail tomorrow north to Martinique to drop off James
who has to fly home,. so its not all plain sailing!!
Andy and Nicky Gibb.
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