Our first island has been no let down on sunny, Caribbean spirit.
We have been to a classic french beach near the marina called ‘Grande Anse de Salines’ which really lives up to its name. The water is crystal clear and the sand a blinding white, palm trees line the beach and behind the shade is plenty of cosy beach restaurants to enjoy the view. Dora and I rented a kayak and went hunting for fish but sadly didn’t see any.
We went away for the weekend to the northern part of Martinique to explore some ’touristy things’.
The first thing on are agenda was to visit St.Piere’s sea front and have lunch. St.Piere was the capital of Matinique until in 1902, the island’s volcano erupted and killed the whole population of the town. A prisoner who was locked up for murder survived because his cell walls were so thick the volcano eruption couldn’t destroy them.
The other thing we did that day was go to ’zoo de Martinique’ just outside St.Piere. The spacious enclosures are made out of the ruins of a plantation in the early 20th century and a wooden path and step bridge leads you through the undergrowth. Dora marvelled at the pack of racoons running around the place and there were loads of tortoises tottering about their homes.
The next day we headed back into St.Piere where we inspected the ruins of the old town. We visited the theatre, where a pack of lizards had made their burrow (?) and the prison cell where survivor had been at the time of the eruption. Everything was covered in shrubbery and all the cracks in between rocks were teeming with tiny exotic insects!
We are planning to leave Martinique on Thursday morning and head to Dominica to explore the rainforest and fit in some good sailing!
PS: Still missing you Bingo and Aubrey! Xx
Position: 14.30N 050.00W
Wind: 10-12knts NE
So far my favourite part of being at sea with a bunch of nutters was a PE lesson. Mummy had a fun idea of an obstacle course around the perimeter of the boat with our safety harnesses on, clipping and unclipping as we went round the shrouds, forestay and backstay and in between the kicker, boom and mast, although sadly we had to stop the races because of a rather clumsy member of the family!
Another ‘interesting’ experience has been the night watches. I’m doing 6pm to 9pm each night. Dora normally pokes her head up around 7 to chatter to me about all the random things going around in her mind and to be honest, I never thought I would learn so much about desert rodents! Of course the sky is stunning with all the stars and we have been keeping watch on the new moon as it goes through the phases (we are currently on half moon).
Another thing I am really enjoying is sitting on the edge of the boat with my legs dangling overboard and my toes trailing along in the water. There is a surprising amount of sea weed wandering around and plenty of flying fish to keep us entertained. We haven’t seen any dolphins in a while although I have seen white tropic birds who are looking rather peculiar with there long tails.
I can’t wait to arrive in Martinique and go snorkelling, though I have so much energy stored up I could probably run around the island a dozen times first
PS. Missing you very much Bingo and Aubrey! X
Position. 21 10’N. 21 58’W (A moment of great excitement this morning when we were exactly 21 30.648N and W. Picture counting down to New Year’s Eve at the turn of the millennium. You can tell there’s not much going on!)
Wind. NE 15-20 knots
Daily Run. 165 miles. Again!
We gybed late morning, having made enough progress south to be in reliable trade winds, so we are now pointing at Martinique. Still more than 2,000 miles away but good to be heading right at it.
Update below from Daisy:
After being at sea for five days we have really begun to know the animals who are following us on our voyage.
We have been visited by dolphins several times and it’s a wonder to watch them play in the waves. On our third day at sea, we had a rather unexpected visit from a sea turtle who was also surfing the waves! And yesterday we briefly spotted a whale coming to the surface to breath, but sadly he didn’t stick around to play.
Over the last couple of days we have been exploring the wonders of Lanzarote.
Lanzarote is one of the Canary Islands, located off the west coast of Africa. This Spanish island has a volcanic landscape and black sand, which is millions of years old lava! I have visited plenty of attractions such as Playa Blanca, where we watched towering waves and the capital Aricefe.
Dora and I have also explored the inactive volcanoes on camel back, visited the Timanfaya National Park where we discovered everything you need to know about volcanoes, hiked along the coast and we have been swimming to see the dried lava which has sunk into the sea.
Life on board has been a change to everyday life but there are a few perks, such as brilliant sunsets and plenty of new friends.
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