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Travel Blogs from Le Diamant
... ashore to clear in but the Immigration man had left for the day at 1100 normal Sunday office hours 0830 to 1530 . was he ever there ????
we went ashore anyway(not cleared in) and had an inexpensive meal in a local bar/restaurant
14/1 In the morning I went in and cleared Immigration and then we sailed up the coast to
Marigot Bay and went on on mooring in a beautiful but expensive setting,
15/1 we sailed the 8 ...
... fall overboard as the waves lash over us!!! Eventually he comes back down, to report a broken pulley system that ho,ds the reefing lines to the boom, plus a broken tack, which holds the mainsail to the boom....the prognosis is we fix it when the weather and seas calm down but until then we need to stay on 2nd reef!
As we get closer to the carribean, the days get hotter and hotter and we are spending all day in our bikinis and shorts trying to get a suntan ...
... the final outcome of that story was, but Robin & Cheryl scored a couple of nights in the marina for the inconvenience at the marina's expense.
Once the rain stopped, we buddied up with Just Imagine, with the view of visiting Marigot Bay and then the Pitons together.
Marigot Bay is a completely sheltered, mangrove-lined bay, famous as a hurricane harbour. Looking across the beach spit with all its palms, ...
... freedom to do what you want when you want was not surprising, that was just the nature of the concept, but for us who usually hire our own boat and captain it, it was a bit alien. The lack of communication from Norman to us as to what was the short and long term plans is however something they could improve on, espcially when they themselves are not talking to one another. It was however a very cheap way to see the Islands from a boat, even at US$110 per day, ...
... It took a while to get used to it and Norman's sextant was in pretty bad shape, but at the end I was able to pin point us to within 1 mile. I was very surprised, it seems quite hard to get it accurate.
The wind direction was kind, it was just really light at times and as mentioned Illusion is a pig and motors at just over 3 knots. Norman it seemed had finally decided to trust me enough and even left me to be in charge a few times so he he could go below ...