It’s been a while! But not for lack of adventure. The past six weeks have been a whirlwind of skill acquisition, boat repair, sailing, constantly clearing in and out of different countries, and waiting for good weather windows.
In mid-January, after a super intensive period of theory and practice, we got our PADI open water diver qualifications. A big shout-out goes to Astrid, our friend and instructor, for her support. It would have been much less fun without you, Mrs. Schulz!
Our first stop was to our favourite anchorage, Anse de Colombier (St. Barts), for a couple of days of chilling with sea turtles and snorkelling with parrot fish.
The last time we visited Nevis, it was a Sunday, so we didn’t see much besides shuttered up store fronts, overflowing churches, and beach bars. This time around, we decided to rent a scooter from Nevis Scooter Rentals and visit the island properly.
There are still several plantations on the island. While some have been converted into swanky hotels, this former sugar plantation has evolved over the years, first as a distillery, then a museum, but is now abandoned.
Then it was time for lunch!
In Deshaies we knew we were running low, but after going on a wild goose chase and talking to every public official in town about some mysterious token system at the fishing port that no one seemed to have concrete information about, we gave up on trying to get water (laundry was also a no-go without a car). And as it turns out, a few days later we were in Pointe-à-Pitre, where the marina charges 1 euro per 100 litres (about $5 US for us to fill up), so it all worked out. But the whole ordeal was a good reminder that if we ever decide to sail further afield, where fresh water is harder to come by, we may want to look into installing a watermaker, which desalinates sea water using reverse osmosis. But since a new one costs about $5000, and seeing as we use less water than we would at home, we’re happy to go on a wild goose chase every now and then. It’s all a normal part of cruising life! Worst case scenario, we can collect rain water since it’s been an unseasonably rainy winter!
Where the wind takes us next: we have fun-filled visit with our friends JP and Kellen in Guadeloupe, Les Saintes, and Dominica!