Sailing the Caribbean – St Maarten, St Barth’s & Anguilla 5th to 11th April 2011

Sailing the Leewards
Julie & Bruce enjoyed a fun-packed week aboard as we sailed the Leewards from Marigot to Grand Case to St Barths’ to Anguilla…wonderful trip and loads of laughs, thanks you guys!

Sailing St Maarten, St Barth’s & Anguilla

Workmates Julie & Bruce grabbed a quick spring week in the Caribbean and we had loads of fun sailing around the islands. From our anchorage in Marigot we headed round to Grand Case for Grand Case Mardi; a tradition on the French side of St Martin where they close the streets to traffic, set up stalls and get everyone joining in with the carnival atmosphere. We had a bite to eat ashore and cocktails chilling out on the beach watching the stars.

From Grand Case we sailed North to the small island of Tintamarre for lunch and swimming, before carrying on to Columbier on St Barth’s for the wonderful sunset and a barbecue on board. Round to Gustavia for a nosey the next morning, and dinner ashore in a great restaurant, courtyard style with fab food.

The next morning we headed off for Isle Forchue where we picked up a bouy and did some snorkelling before carrying on to Simpson Bay for the night. We had a fab night ashore where Julie won a prize in the crab racing on Kimshaw Beach, and we ate Mexican style food in the memorable “Jimbo’s”. I’m not sure what flavour exactly the bottle of rum was that Julie won…tasted a bit like Morgan’s Spiced so not too terrible!

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After a night in Road Town including a smelly cheese eating contest….really it was RANK! we sailed over to Dog Island, one of my favourite stops in the Caribbean, for white sand and turquoise water….and NOBODY there! Then back to Road Bay via the stunning little sand spit that is Sandy Island. Here Julie got into a little argy bargy with the barman over the price of Carib, which soured her experience a little, but we headed back to Elvis’ Beach Bar to discuss the matter further and it was here that we bumped into Vanessa Feltz and Mariah Carey as they took some time out in the Caribbean too.

We were rudely awoken the next morning as a cargo ship manoeuvred close to us blaring hi horn loudly and we shuffled round the Coast to Little Bay for breakfast before heading back across the Anguilla Channel and the end of our trip.

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