The Saint’s are a group of islands just south of Guadeloupe and they are utterly delightful and just a tad windy. Our sail north to get there from Dominica included the highest winds we’ve experienced to date, in excess of 45kts. It gets to a point where you are more worried about getting the sail area smaller rather than looking at dials and reading wind speeds! However the boys loved the waves and the torrents of water crossing the deck before the winds got too high…
We walked to all four corners of the island during our stay including a lovely walk to the highest peak which included a rock scramble much to the boys delight. The views from the top were well worth the hike up in the heat and humidity and we highly recommend it.
From the Saints we sailed up the west coast of Guadeloupe stopping at Jacques Cousteau dive sites at Pigeon Island where the water was beautifully clear and we were surrounded in the bay by turtles swimming. Deshaies was also a lovely spot and we greatly enjoyed the parrots and plants at the stunning botanical gardens.
Time to venture out of the rather windy bay, say goodbye to France and sail north to Antigua. It’s still windy!
What a stunning green island Dominica is, aptly described as the only one that Christopher Columbus would recognise if he arrived back today. Lush forests and plantations abound. The island is recovering still from hurricane Maria three years ago and headless palm trees remind you of its path.
We supported the local economy by doing a great tour with Eddison (recommended if you are planning on coming here) and saw chocolate making, waterfalls, plantations and local villages. We drove up near vertical roads and weaved round hairpin bends, all to the boys delight.
Seeing chocolate from bean to bar was fabulous and no trip is complete without some tasting.
What a great view from work!
A lovely trip on a great island and two very happy boys!
From St Vincent and the Grenadines we sailed north stopping at Bequia and St Lucia before arriving in Martinique.
After over a month of cruising the Caribbean down and back up the windward islands it was good to be back in the EU momentarily and benefit from the French prices, supermarkets, shops and restaurants. Let’s just say provisioning in the Caribbean is not without its difficulties..
We explored the ruins in St. Pierre and remains from the 1901 volcanic eruption which sadly killed 29,000 people.
One of only two people who survived was in the towns stone jail.
We also enjoyed hiking along the stunning coastline from Grande Anse D’Arlet to explore nearby bays and beaches.
With a deadline to get to Panama on the horizon it was time to say goodbye to the windward islands and start sailing north to explore the leeward islands before our passage west to Panama and the Pacific beyond…
One of the delights whilst sailing with a young family is meeting other yachts doing the same. Chewing the cud with other yachting parents is great and helps keep you sane through the highs and lows of this yachting life.
One step further is to then share the home schooling burden. With four yachting boats we managed a year 1,2,3 and 4 classroom for the 9 children between us. It turns out teaching your kids with someone’s else’s around them is 10x easier!! Even easier if you managed to get the year class without your children in.
We rattled through maths and English lessons tackling everything from fractions, decimals to time telling, speeds and grammar.
This is definitely the way forward for home schooling.
The boys got excited about getting the “school bus” aka dinghy to school each morning.
School only lasts till 11:30am, (we are in the tropics and it’s very very hot!) followed by lunch and time for play and art on the beach. All good 👍😁