January 24, 2009
We made it back to our “home” at Simpson Bay Marina. It was a great sail from Statia to St. Martin. The winds propelled us on a reach and we averaged 9 knots the entire way. We arrived in St. Martin ahead of schedule at 10:00 a.m. and had to idle around the bay waiting for the bridge to open for boat traffic at 11:30 to let us into Simpson Bay Lagoon. Stephan was there to meet us in his dinghy and let us know where our new dock slip would be. The Pirate again did a fabulous job of getting us safely and securely into our slip- not an easy task with a strong current, heavy winds and several mega-yachts to maneuver around (you don’t want to hit one of those J).
We quickly fell back into our St. Martin routine- morning walks on the beach, chatting with marina regulars, drinks at Jimbo’s, visits from Francois and shopping at Budget Marine. It is good to be back home.
In moving to a new dock slip, we acquired new neighbors- Stuart and Jenny who live aboard their Festiva Catamaran. We enjoyed getting to know them over “bicyclettes” and champagne and Jenny’s awesome coconut shrimp. They were nice enough to pass on their knowledge about great anchorages and excursions in the Grenadines. They are awesome people and we are glad to count them as new friends.
But, it is not always fun and play… We are leaving the warm and sunny islands for a couple of days stateside to get some work done. No worries, it will be a very short trip and when we return we have been promised “the world’s best margarita” from Stuart!
It is hard to believe that it has been over a month since we arrived in the Caribbean- the time has flown by. We have seen so many wonderful places and met so many great people! It is sad to be leaving- even if for such a short time. But, we have our return tickets and we intend to be back home in time to cheer Stuart and Jenny as they sail through the 5:30 bridge finishing up their charter cruise- and also remind them about that margarita…