|Pitons, St Lucia|
We cruised this way before en famille and have enjoyed some of the same and some new places. Excellent anchorage between the Pitons with great snorkelling. We didn’t anchor at Bat Cave Bay where the children spent hours on the stern line. We tried unsuccessfully to make an afternoon visit to the waterfalls in St Vincent. Margaret and I had two excellent dives in Bequia which remains the right mix of laid-back bustle and commercial opportunities. Mustique is an airbrushed – beautifully so – bubble,
|Forced to walk Mustique|
Boat boys in general seem to have got the message that aggressive sales techniques backfire, and polite asking with a smile wins, so in the last 24 hours we have bought the lobster BBQ on the beach, accompanied by rum punch, baguettes, T-shirts a-plenty. So we have helped the local economy, particularly when John-tipper-Skerritt is in charge of the purser’s wallet.
In Bequia, Nicky found out without really asking that there is a volunteer reading programme for the local kids, so she, Sue, and Margaret all joined in reading, and Lucky the Pakeman bear was able to say hello and explain that some things are the same here as in London.
Sailing has been very good, F4/5 gusting 9 from the east, so fast reaching with some beating up to the islands east. Ms Too-Tippee being well behaved.
News of Alex completing his walk the length of Rwanda made us feel proud and glad that his feet has recovered to let him complete the last 83km out of 400km in 24 hours. He is now in Malawi – follow amanby on tumblr for his entertaining blog.