**25 February 2017**

Unless you desire doing an overnight passage from Bequia to Martinique, which we didn’t, the best way to make the distance is in two day-hops.  The first is to leave Bequia before dawn and motor through the day past St. Vincent and to Rodney Bay at the north end of St. Lucia just before nightfall, about a 14-hour run.  Then you can anchor out overnight and make the remaining 20 nautical miles to St. Anne the next day without much trouble.

That is, unless the waves rolling into the Bequia’s harbor, as I mentioned in my last post  are so large that they make getting any sleep an impossibility.  So as it happens, when you leave Bequia at midnight you get to watch the morning mist clear around the Pitons at the south end of St. Lucia at daybreak.

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Petit Piton (2500′) and Gros Piton (2600′) rise majestically up from the sea around a small harbor  and mark the two highest points on the island.  They form a welcome sight after a night’s transit from offshore.  We completed the transit to Rodney Bay in good time, but there wasn’t enough time to make the harbor at St. Anne before darkness, so we decided to stop.  The anchoring was very difficult on the rocky bottom of the bay, so we opted to treat ourselves to a rare night at the marina dock where we found new friends Steve, Darla and their son Ty on board S/V Forever.

After a quiet night at the dock and coffee with Forever in the morning, we set off and enjoyed one of the nicest day sails (actually sailing!) in recent memory across the channel between St. Lucia and Martinique. The current in the channel was very evident as we noted our chartplotter course taking us into the anchorage at St. Anne, although our bow was pointing almost 30 degrees to the right at the east end of the island.  We were almost 7 nm from the harbor before we stopped crabbing  and our bow drifted around to point towards St. Anne.

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Me giving the Autopilot a much deserved break

Although there were numerous masts in the harbor we easily found a good spot to anchor.  After making a special delivery to S/V Frost of Grenadian chocolate and Clamato juice (the latter a rare find in the Windward Islands), we joined other friends Jim and Christine on S/V Ullr for dinner as a quick goodbye before their departure the next day.

Due to weather we’ll be here in Martinique for a while.  We’re looking forward to celebrating Carnival here, fresh baguettes, and maybe enjoying a Bloody Ceasar made with the precious Clamato juice.

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