Since leaving Antigua about two weeks ago we've anchored in windy rolly anchorages in Deshaies, Pigeon Point and now Iles des Saintes. It's been crazy windy here lately - in Deshaies we had over 40 knots of wind in the anchorage - so even traveling on the least windy days still means lots of wind. We had the same 40 plus knots on our way from Deshaies to Pigeon Point.
|Wind swept clouds at sunset in Deshaies|
|Rooster takes control of the road in Deshaies|
I've admitted several times to being moving target challenged when it comes to photography so I took a LOT of photos of our sail over from Guadeloupe to Iles des Saintes hoping for one good one. Skip describes this attempt as the braillle method of photography - me tethered to the boat, camera strapped to my wrist, arm stretched out over the side. It's all about editing after that.
|Sailing for Iles des Saintes - Saralane sails straight as an arrow with the centerboard down|
|Cruise ship Europa dwarfs the boats in the anchorage behind Pain de Sucre|
We'd been looking forward to catching up with our friends Nancy and Tim on s/v Larus after many months and it was great to see them. Nancy was off to work shortly after we arrived so we didn't see enough of her but Tim was on his own and we thoroughly enjoyed his company.
The three of us planned to go to the open air produce market on Saturday and thought we'd quickly get some gas for our dinghies before going to the market. The only place to get fuel is around a windy point which is hardly even convenient for fishing boats, much less anyone else. We thought we might sweet talk one of the motor bike rental guys into selling us some gas so we didn't have to hoof it to the fuel dock, but no such luck so we headed off for the footpath to the dock. And what a footpath it was. (Note to self - arrive in Iles des Saintes with enough gas for the dinghy.)
|... and downhill, and then more uphill and downhill.|
|Captains Tim and Skip contemplate the dead gas pump.|
|At least they tied down the diesel pump so it doesn't fall over in the wind.|
Fortified with water and soda, and with sense of humor more or less intact, we made our way back, uphill and downhill, from the fuel dock. I think the guys were half relieved they didn't have to carry heavy jugs of fuel back up and down the hill.
|Tim coaxes a baby goat into the frame for a photo|
Our wayward hike to the fuel dock and back put us behind in time to get to the market and we arrived as the vendors were nursing their first (or second?) beer, so no luck there either. With only a few minutes left before the regular markets closed we picked up a few meager things and are now dreaming of the fresh produce just a day or so away in Dominica.
|Early morning fishermen collecting their traps near us behind Pain de Sucre. Guadeloupe off in the distance.|
|Rainbow over Pain de Sucre|
|Keep out of the pool if you're not a guest!|
|We haven't seen these caterpillars for a while|
|Fishing off the dock... my favorite photo in the post.|
Tim and Nancy were off to Bequia this morning and swung by Saralane for a "see you soon" on their way out.
|Tim and Nancy on lovely s/v Larus|