February 2019 - Eastern Caribbean - Windward Islands
February 28, 2019
February 1 - 12, 2019
It was a boisterous 30 nm close hulled sail today from Marigot Bay St. Lucia to Ste. Anne on south end of Martinique. We dropped anchor right before the rain began. Nice clean anchorage so we anchored .5 nm off shore to take advantage of the nice wind for the wind generator and to make water with our water maker. Our SuperWind generator is doing a nice job keeping our batteries up. We only need to run the generator when making water or one hour every other day. It;s also so very quiet compared to other generators we've seen. We love Martinique! The grocery stores, bakeries and restaurants are fantastic. Wonderful fish market where we bought nice tuna steak. Beautiful beaches and walking trails too. We met up with Swedish friends Carin and Lars. We met in Kemer Turkey 2007-8 and on EMYR. They are renting a boat for 3 weeks so we plan to see them again in a few weeks.
We explored some anchorages on Martinique waiting for Connie and Steve to arrive from Minnesota. Fort de France, Trois Ilet, Anse Mitan, Anse Dufour, and Grande Anse D'Arlet. Trois Ilet a so called Hurricane Hole had strong NNE wind an 2ft seas pouring into the anchorage so we moved on to Anse Mitan. Good anchorage but very much a busy pretty tourist town and resorts so only stayed only one day. We did visit Marina Somattas and had a Valentine's Day lunch. We stopped in Anse l"Ane to get some provisions but then moved on to Anse Dufour anchorage which was great for a few boats. We had good snorkling around point into Anse Noire. Grand Anse D'Arlet was a big well protected anchorage from NE winds. We decided to hike the trail to Les Anse D'Arlet. Unfortunately I read the guide wrong and the 20 min walk was actually a hot strenuous climb for close to 2 hour walk. We enjoyed a nice lunch before taking the 20 min walk by road back to Grand Anse D'Arlet and Artemis. We will definitely revisit these anchorages after we pick up Connie and Steve in Fort de France (FDF)