We made it to St. Martin!

 

October 30, 2008

Anse Marcel, St. Martin

 

We arose early (4:00 am) on Tuesday to make the crossing from Virgin Gorda to St. Martin.  We were delayed about an hour getting started as the port engine would not start (not good!).  However, after some tinkering by the Pirate, all engines were a go and we were off.  It was a gorgeous day, the seas were somewhat calm.  The only negative was that the wind was on our nose the whole time, so no sailing to pick up speed.  We averaged about 6 knots, which is alright.  We decided to try our luck at fishing, and within an hour we caught our first fish- a Bonita.  She was too small, so we threw her back. We alternated 2 hour watches and made the trip in about 15 hours.  We arrived in the night, so it took some skillful navigating by the pirate to find the exact spot in Simpson Bay where we anchored last time we were here.  We dropped anchor and thankfully the anchor held all night- we were exhausted. 

On Wednesday morning we took the dingy to check out our dockage situation at the Simpson Bay Marina.  The website built it up to be this luxurious spot full of ammenities…  well, let’s just say it did not quite live up to my expectations (the Pirate had warned that this may be the case- as Luxury in the Caribbean can range from “we have hot water” to “we will fan you by the pool and peel your grapes”).  However, the dockmaster Stephan was very nice and worked hard to ensure that we had the best spot for our Cat since it will be there for two months.  We decided to wait for a spot that was currently being occupied- the people were supposed to leave in the next day. 

Back at the boat, we decided to sail over to Anse Marcel and anchor there for a couple of days until our dock space was available.  We love Anse Marcel because it is secluded, quiet and beautiful.  There is a small marina tucked away with a quaint restaurant called La Louisianne.  They are also in the process of converting an older hotel into a brand new luxury Radisson property.  Because the resort is not open yet, there are no people on the beach, but we still use the beach ammenities- chairs, huts, and surprisingly an awesome bar that stays open for the locals.  Unfortunately, La Louisianne was shuttered up, but a new french bistro called La Calypso had opened up next door.  We had some of the best pizza’s there- one had smoked duck breast and honey-mmm, the other had ham, cheese and jumbo black olives- mmm.  Thin crust just like we like them.  The cajun had to revert to her French skills, as the waiters there did not speak English that well-  but all was fine- we left fat and happy.

It is now Thursday morning (I have been losing track of the days..).  The Pirate is cooking breakfast- omelets and bacon- and the smell is making  my stomach growl.  Our plans today are to swim to shore and lounge around on the beach, maybe make some mudslides and cook a nice early dinner.  We are heading back to Simpson Bay tomorrow to dock the boat.  Tomorrow is Halloween- the Pirate and I have our costumes ready, all we need to do is find the party, which shouldn’t be hard to do in St. Martin.

Au Revoir!

Limin’ in the BVI’s

All Smiles as We Dingy from Bar to Beach in the BVI's
All Smiles as We Dingy from Bar to Beach in the BVI

 

Monday, October 27, 2008

Bitter End Yacht Club, Virgin Gorda, BVI

 

We left Village Cay Marina on Sunday at Noon and made a short trip to Norman Island.  It was a beautiful day and there were a good number of boats moored in Pirate’s Cove.  We relaxed for a while on the bow of the boat watching the many charter sails come and go.   There was a steady stream of boats going to the Willie T and we could here the bar getting rowdier and rowdier as the afternoon wore on. 

We took the dingy ashore to Pirate’s Bight where we purchased a bucket of Painkiller’s.  The drink was delicious and we sipped on it while cooling off in the surf.  Afterwards, we took the dingy to Willie T’s and bellied up to the bar for some more Painkillers.  We grabbed two stools and people-watched for a couple of hours.  There were some folks who were feeling no pain which made for an entertaining afternoon.  All of the normal Willie T shenanigans ensued: diving off the top of the boat, body shots, dancing, flashing, drunken carousing…    That must be an interesting place to work- I am sure the bartenders there have a lifetime of stories. 

This morning we took a four hour sail to Virgin Gorda and are moored at the Bitter End Yacht Club.  It is an absolutely gorgeous day and the view here is incredible.  Our plans for this afternoon include more of the same:  cocktails, beaches, swimming, dozing, etc.  The plan is to wake up at dawn and depart for St. Martin- a 12 hour sail.  We are watching the weather to make sure it is on our side..

 

We are back in the Islands!!

Arriving to a Clean Boat is Always Nice...
Arriving to a Clean Boat is Always Nice...

Village Cay Marina, Tortolla, BVI

 

We arrived yesterday at around 5:30 pm, after a long day of planes, taxi’s, customs, ferries, etc.   The boat was in fabulous shape.  The Pirate’s crew has been working feverishly over the last couple of months to get it ready for our return, and it is in better shape than when we left it.  We are spending today at the dock doing last minute repairs, cleaning and provisioning.  Lot’s of running around to do before we can kick back and relax. 

Our plan is to head out of here tomorrow and got to Willie T’s and perhaps Bitter End Yacht Club on Monday.  Of course, it all depends on the weather- which we are watching closely. 

We have hired a crew member to accompany us on our voyage, he is a young man from Ireland and is very knowledgable about boats and sailing.  We don’t know him will enough to give him a nickname yet, but I am sure one will be coming soon J

The dock is pretty quiet- perhaps due to a combination of the uncertainties of the economy and not quite being out of hurricane season yet.  Quiet is a good thing though- especially when boats are docked closely together…

The weather is just what you would expect of the islands- warm and sunny with an occasional downpour to cool things off. 

The Cajun is starting to feel the stress melt away..  The Pirate is too busy with boat chores to begin relaxing.  It is not cocktail time yet, but it is fast approaching.  Our major decision of the day:  Mudslides or Painkillers… It’s a hard-knock life for us.

Walk the Beat! Support the NOPD

On your mark, get set...
On your mark, get set...

On Saturday, we sponsored our 12th Annual Walk the Beat 5k race to support the men and women of the NOPD.  The weather was beautiful and lots of people turned out for the race.  Afterwards, a Blues Festival was held in the park featuring lots of great bands.  I raced and came out 6th in the overall women’s category.  The pirate served as the official race photographer.   We had a great day!

Tulane Homecoming!

Today the Green Wave took on Army, and unfortunately, Tulane did not prevail.  No worries though, the weather was gorgeous, the game was outside and the tailgating was a blast.  A group of us Tulane alumni got together and spent the day sipping cocktails, grilling burgers, partying to the sounds of the Funky Nation band and of course.. cheering on our team.