Ah, Martinique!! One of our favourite islands in the Caribbean and would that we could still be there. However, Mowzer needs some warranty work and the yards here are just too busy to fit us in until later in 2017, so off to St. Martin we went on word that we could be hauled and repairs started before Christmas.
Martinique, as always had her grips on us and just as we were leaving we lost a set-screw in the pin that held the boom to the mast. After our initial shock, we turned around, effected our repair and were on our way again a few hours later.
|Just one little set screw, stripped of its' threads, caused a heart-stopping moment as we got ready to hoist sail and head north.|
- Martinique to Dominica,
- Dominica to Guadeloupe,
- Guadeloupe to Antigua,
- Antigua to St. Bart's,
- and then a small hop from St. Bart's to St. Martin.
|From under her thick duvet of early morning cloud, Martinique awakes to the sunrise.|
|Waterfalls from above and you can just make out the colour change of the fresh water running south along the coast.|
|Early morning sun lighting up the water and Serenade's sails. What perfect conditions!|
|Rainbows mean sunshine and rain - we were already in the sunshine so we assumed we might be about to get wet in the anchorage. Not for long though and then we were primed for a beautiful sunset.|
|Easy for us to tell that freighter wasn't moving, with the peaks of St. Bart's in the background.|
|Really? Right on our rhumb line to St. Bart's. Diversionary tactics were called for.|
Once again, under sunny skies we headed on the next morning to make the bridge into the lagoon at St. Martin. As a first for us, we carried right on through the causeway bridge, which is a swing bridge with an in- and an out-channel, proceeded just over the border onto the French side and dropped our hook.
|Just two of us going through the bridge on that day.|
|The sun said farewell for a few days with a nice showy sunset on the clouds above.|
|Our home in the French-side lagoon, just below "The Witch's Tit".|
|They may be stormy skies, but a little ray of sunshine created the perfect light for an evening sail.|
|One of our favourite spots - Little Jerusalem for most excellent shawarma, this time enjoyed with Jo and Greg.|
|Here's a new one to try - an interesting combination!|
|Matthew, Kathleen, Tess & Al joined us for a lovely French meal on a patio in Marigot.|
|Getting lost up on Pic Paradis - it's amazing how quickly the path can become overgrown in the rainy season!|
|Getting the lift straps carefully positioned.|
|And quick as that Mowzer was lifted by the crane and carefully positioned in the yard. The whole operation took about 15 minutes.|
|Our living room and a tiny kitchen.|
|The view from the bedroom and patio completely made the stay delightful!|
|93 years strong - celebrating with the family.|
|Changes in latitude.|