|What do cruisers do after an overnight voyage?|
Drink a beer and take a nap!
|Marigot Bay, French side, St. Martin|
|Captain Oliver's Marina, Oyster Pond|
|No explanation needed!|
On Tuesday our plans were to meet with Chris's college friend Ellen and her husband, Les, for a week at Captain Oliver's Marina & Resort in Oyster Pond, directly across the island on the eastern side. We left Marigot Bay and actually sailed … for about 30 minutes … until the weather turned a bit squally and we were head to wind as we rounded the south side of the island. It was a nice journey of about three hours. We made several attempts to reach the marina before entering the marked channel into Oyster Pond, but not a soul could be raised on VHF 16 or 67 as our guide book indicated. Since we didn’t know where to find our slip, we pulled up to the fuel dock, tied ourselves off and waited for someone to show up. At 12:30 Chris went to the marina office but it was closed. He did find someone who told him that everyone was at lunch until at least 2 pm, so Chris washed down the boat and I made our lunch.
Eventually we got our slip and had a first! It was our first time backing into a slip. This was going to be tricky because Troubadour does not like backing to starboard (right). But after only two tries we were in! Cheers to us!
|Les & Ellen at the Sint Maarten Yacht Club|
- searching for the New Orleans Yacht Club burgee.
|Happy 50th Birthday, Ellen!|
|Smoked pork ribs at the LOLO's in Grand Case|
|Dressing up, island style|
for dinner in Grande Case
|Sint Maarten Yacht Club|
|Simpson Bay Lagoon|
|Ilet Pinel, where we stayed a few nights|
|View toward Orient Beach from Ilet Pinel|
|Les & Ellen choose a perfect spot for an afternoon at Orient Beach|
|Captain Chris and Les at the Sint Maarten Yacht Club|
|Les samples the locally made Guavaberry hooch!|