We knew to keep an eye out for our friends Spike and Anna on Tribe, who we met in Bermuda. We saw them approaching us as they made their way between the islands, and we were just about a mile behind them coming into the mooring field.
We got settled on the mooring (26€ for two nights). The water was 50 feet deep, but the clearest we have ever seen. We paid for the HotHotHotWifi only to find it terribly slow.
Sarah and I headed into the town of Bourg des Saintes to check things out. We were very pleased to kind this cute little town. The Saints seem to be a bit more touristy than most of Guadeloupe that we have seen, but with that comes…let’s say…better curb appeal? In some parts of Guadeloupe, what we’ve seen is more along the lines of poverty.
After grocery shopping (the discount store) and arriving back on Starry Horizons, Sarah and I pulled out the pool noodles and went for a swim. It was actually a bit chilly, and we would occasionally swim a lap around Starry Horizons to warm ourselves up. Then we adjourned to the bow for reading. And what was David doing for all this? Cleaning the cockpit and polishing the stainless. Man I’m a lucky lady.
For dessert that night, fried plantains with coconut whipped cream.
Thursday our goal was to hike to the top of Le Chameau, a lookout on the highest point in the saints. It was a fantastic hike, mostly on a road, but very steep. Excellent workout, excellent views.
Back on Starry Horizons, we readied to hang out with Spike and Anna. We had appetizers and have them a tour of Starry Horizons, then chatted more over dinner. It was wonderful catching up with them again.
The next morning, Friday the 8th, Spike and David enthusiastically got to work on a Starry Horizons project, moving our lazy jacks, which I’ll let David tell you all about. Suffice it to say Spike is a wealth of knowledge and David worked hard to sponge as much as possible.
While David and Spike were hard at work, Anna, Sarah, and I hiked up to Fort Napoléon des Saintes, to see the view and museum. The museum was 5€ per person and was quite bizarre. We saw antique sewing machines, old Guadeloupe currency, modern art, a model of Christopher Columbus’ Santa Maria, preserved fish, and dioramas of naval battles, to name a small fraction of the variety.
Unfortunately, we missed the morning hours for customs, so we had to wait to clear out until 2 pm. We left as quickly as possible to make it to Dominica before dark – yet another upwind slog.
Awaiting us in Dominica: the PAYS (Portsmouth Area Yacht Security), saying goodbye to Sarah, a beach BBQ, hikes, and waterfalls.