So we decide to leave our Torqeedo outboard engine in the hands of Valentin from Uship and since we don’t want to spend more time in Point-à-Pitre we decide to go back to the Saintes to spend the time “waiting” in a more relaxed way.
Hiking in Terre d’en Bas
We chose to go to Terre d’en Bas first and anchor in the Anse Fideling as the only boat with people on board.
After a calm night we want to go check out the trecking trails that are supposed to be well marked and we prefer to park our dinghy on the beach instead of paying 10 EUR for the usage of the dinghy dock…
When we meet the four uniformed policemen for the second time during our walk we do ask ourselves why they are there and therefore ask them about the security on the island. Immediately we get the answer “no worries.. this is the safest of all islands in Guadeloupe, there is between two and three thefts per year”.
So we enjoy our 3 hour hike and especially the views on the island and to the other islands…
Diving at the Pain de Sucre
In the evening we decide to move over to the Pain de Sucre nevertheless, because the wind will soon blow into the Anse Fideling from south and it will make it.
We get a good mooring at the Pain de Sucre quite close to the diving spot and this is what we plan to do the next days. Not having used our diving equipment since Lanzarote in November and going on ourselves for the first time ever without dive guide, we do take our time to get prepared.
Well, first thing bothering, we cannot sink! We have been too careful with our weight and have to go back into the cabin to get some more weights out. Great, with the Neopren dripping that gives quite a mess in the boat.. The next hurdle is Reto’s mask that is being filled with seawater within seconds, but he somehow manages to get through the first dive. With the second and third dive we manage to solve the small problems and feel better and better. Soon we feel we can start taking a camera 😉
Then on Friday evening we are a bit dissapointed because we haven’t heard of any news on our Torqeedo part when the telefone rings and Valentin tells us that he got everything and already fixed everything – great news!
So the next morning with the first light we sail to Pointe-à-Pitre and it takes 3.5 hours for the 20 miles. I run to the shop while Reto stays on board and within one hour we are set to leave again, in the afternoon at 3 pm we are back in The Saintes and happy to meet the crews of Mira and Trotamar who we haven’t seen since the Tobago Cays.
We enjoy a few more days with another dive, another hike up to the chameau and in the company of the friends but then it is time to say goodbye and move south.
In day sailing to Martinique
With difficult conditions on the leewardside of Dominica and Martinique and with the strong winds around the corners of the islands we are happy to make these passages in daytime other than originally planned. It is really rough and almost always upwind, until the last few miles to Le Marin, when we have the wind on the nose and have no chance without the engine.
In Le Marin we find a place in the anchor field, we feel between thousands of other yachts, we have never seen so many at once!
But therefore the infrastructure is good, first thing we check out the leader price supermarket which even has an own dinghy dock! Very practical! And there is a variety of ship chandlers, so we manage to find some more things we have been looking for for a long time.
On Sunday we watch a regatta with traditional boats going through right in front of us, and there is quite something going on.
Just in the beginning one of the boats has a man over board and has has to swim to catch his boat again!
Then we understand why he could fall off so easily: in order to give counter weight there is always 4 of them balancing on sticks reaching out on the side of the boat and that looks quite funny when there are gusts.
Another one gets completely turned over and has to be town back into the harbour.
For us soon it will be time to leave for Grenada, we have fixed the date for the haulout on May 11th, so work is waiting for us 😉