After arriving in Marigot Bay, we were able to spend some great times with friends, Louis and Natalia from the catamaran Katarina, and Al from the sailboat Furling Around. We utilized the perk of the Capella Resort swim up bar each afternoon for happy hour, which comes with our paid mooring.
We spent many evenings sharing good times with a sunset and good dinner with our friends. A lot of eating out, but with our lifestyle we never know when we will see our friends again, so we take every opportunity to meet up and share time together.
After about a week at Marigot, we said good bye to our friends and sailed north to Rodney Bay in St. Lucia. It was another beautiful sail!
In Rodney Bay we anchored on the north side of the bay near Pigeon Island. It’s good holding there and a short 30 second dinghy ride to the dock and to one of our favorite restaurants, Jambe de Bois. During our first few days, we saw quite a few weddings taking place on the beach of the National Trust. The first wedding we saw the bride and groom, and their parents. It was a small wedding! The next evening, we saw the bride and groom and a little bigger group, maybe 15-20 people. That evening they had the reception on the beach with music, until about 10pm. The NEXT evening, we saw the bride and groom and about 40 people! We were at Jambe de Bois that evening, we noted that they boarded a “party catamaran” for the reception. St. Lucia is THE place for a destination wedding!
The day after we anchored in Rodney Bay, we saw an English flagged sailboat anchor next to us. We looked…and looked…and sure enough! It was our friends Rowena and Richard on Galene! What a sweet surprise! We spent the next few days getting together with them, played bocce ball on the beach and enjoying beers together.
Music on the beach is a favorite thing to do among the native Caribbeans. The wedding music wasn’t so bad. The beach is about 200 yards from where we typically anchor. But over the past 3 years, the obnoxious, loud, booming, siren sounds has gotten to be the “rule” rather than the exception. And this year was the worse! Almost every night, starting by 8pm-LOUD LOUD music, going until 3am or even 7am the next morning! When it went until 7am, we asked the National Trust office the next day about it, and they just explained “it was a breakfast party”, like this was normal. Perhaps it was a fund raiser for the National Trust? Not sure…but we saw people leaving and they were pretty dressed up, so it was a very organized formal party!
The other thing we noticed in Rodney Bay are the number of jet skis from the resorts. It seems they like to use the sailboats anchored in the bay as an obstacle course, making any kind of swimming or snorkeling highly dangerous!
We are reconsidering going to Rodney Bay for any amount of time in the future. There are plenty of quieter bays to anchor.
The last evening that we were at Rodney Bay (planned to sail back to Martinique the next day), it began at 2pm in the afternoon. We saw the tents being set up on the National Trust beach. So, Greg proceeds to dinghy ashore to ask what their plans were. In talking to the organizer on the beach, he was really rude and wouldn’t give him any idea on how late (9pm? 3am?) the party would go. So he went to the National Trust office and asked them, and was told that the organizer had it “for the day”, not being sure what that meant!
Upon returning to our boat, Greg went over and talked to Richard and Rowena, and the music was already SO LOUD, so we all agreed that it was early in the afternoon and it was best to pull anchor, go to the south of the bay (1 mile across) so we could get a good night sleep. GOOD DECISION!
That evening we had a wonderful “sundowners” time on our Aquataurus with Richard and Rowena and Al (who arrived in Rodney Bay that afternoon on Furling Around) sharing snacks and libations-beer, wine or gin and tonics. It was a wonderful time visiting with friends.
So, even though most of the time we live in tranquil anchorages, it isn’t always that way. In the future we will seek out more tranquil places to stay (it won’t be Rodney Bay).
Next time, we sail back to Martinique and get ready for haul-out of Aquataurus.