Sunday, June 3, 2012

St. Lucia ~ A short stay at a beautiful island

The "fruit and flag" boat boy is our first visitor upon arriving in Rodney Bay, St. Lucia 
.  We left Marin, Martinique on a fast reach to St. Lucia, the largest of English speaking Windward islands. The stunning raw beauty of this island is worth a visit by any land lubber reading this blog. Although our stay was short - due to making weather windows, we hope to come back next winter/spring. The island is mountainous and lush with white sand beaches. Tropical rainforests cover the steep slopes. The Pitons in Soufriere are breathtaking and reminded us of the mountains around Haiti.
  Troubadour visits Ile A Vache, Haiti (Windward Passage)

Another great catch on passage - a 36" mahi

Sandals Resort, Rodney Bay, St. Lucia.
A sailboat enters Rodney Bay.We found this anchorage to be tricky as there are corals and rocks on the north east side, but we found good holding in sand near the center of the bay close to the south side.
Pigeon Island
We found a bar at the Pantime Steel Drum yard Gros Ilet a small fishing village near Rodney Bay.
A propane fill becomes questionable when only one of our two tanks could be filled.
The Pitons at Soufriere, where we picked up a mooring for one night and were greeted by many boat boys, we bought some mangoes or bananas, I can't remember. It rained most of the night, but we could still hear the cows in the hills during the night. The winds were fluky and we turned in all directions on the mooring.
Notice the freighter being towed in the background?
During our sail to Bequia, we monitored this ship as it rose over the horizon and tracked it on our radar noting that it was  on a direct path toward us; Chris hailed them to make sure they saw us. Although we couldn't understand what the captain said, he changed course and passed one mile behind Troubadour.
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