We had a brisk sail to St Kitts. We had to bypass Saba Island but hope to see it this coming winter.
Our plan, once we arrived in St. Kitts, was to anchor, eat sleep and go. But we needed fuel. So we had to go to a marina and once we were tied up at a marina we had to clear in.
Well, we might as well stay a few days. While Randy was at Customs, a dingy with our friends, Mary and Peter on Neko stopped by. They had just cleared in and were heading to an anchorage at White House Bay, about an hour away where our other friends Kathy and Ken on Sol Searching were anchored. We stayed the night At the marina and left the next morning for White House Bay.
What a beautiful anchorage. There was a ship wreck that we were able to snorkel and a lovely restaurant.
The restaurant is part of the resort that is being developed on the site of the old salt flats, along with a marina just around the point from the anchorage. The night we went to the restaurant there was a photo shoot going on. I rather suspect that Moorahmes silhouette will be in the brochures.
Next stop, Nevis to clear out of the country at Charestown. Where we finally catch up to Bonnie and Craig on Odin the Wanderer.
A few beer and a great lunch later it was time to go back to the boat to get ready for a pre-dawn start for our sail to Guadeloupe.
We left well before dawn and sailed past the Kingdom of Redonda. It is an uninhabitable island and has an interesting history. The next island we passed was Monserrat.
A large area of Monserrat was destroyed by a still active volcano. Sometimes it’s safe to stop there and sometimes it’s ” not advised”. If we hadn’t been in a hurry to make our insurance company happy, we’d have stopped. This winter we hope to stop there. As we passed the area that was destroyed, you can see the path of the lava flow and smell the sulphur in the air. Volcanic rock is very fertile. The vegetation is lush and green.
As we aproached Guadeloupe the water became rough and the wind picked up. We were looking forward to a nice calm anchorage. And I was looking forward to seeing the place where on of my favourite shows, Death In Paradise, is filmed. I got out the guide book and read the information on the town and anchorage at Deshais. It said the whole island of Guadeloupe acts like a wind funnel and Deshais is the vent. And we thought, yeah but it’ll be calm in the harbour, right? Wrong. We were reading 32 knots.
Our friends on Sandy Feet had radioed us earlier to say they were snorkelling in a bay farther down the island and that it was fairly calm. So off we went to Pidgeon Island. Sandy Feet had moved on by the time we got there but it was nice and calm so we anchored for the night, ate, slept and carried on the next morning.