The aim was always Barbados for Christmas with the boys and we have had a great time. Marie, Tristan’s girlfriend also joined us which was a special treat. We are now in Martinique – which is just delightful. The pilot book describes Martinique as a breathe of civilisation. No offence to Barbados but it is very welcome. We spent 20 days on anchor in Barbados and we were completely self sufficient but beach landings are nearly always wet and sometimes rather too exciting. The battle against sand and water assaults to our technology has resulted in one phone down – not too bad!
Oliver and Stuart were with us for 10 more days after arriving in Barbados. Activities included probably too many welcome/leaving socials including many rum punches. Importantly Stuart ensured that our fishing kit was suitably upgraded and organised a fishing trip where the lures and lines were up to the job and we duly caught big fish. Oliver organised a clear up of the Careenage and reached the local newspaper. We also enjoyed some sight seeing and in particular visiting a magnificent flower forest. We were very lucky to see baby turtles hatch and make their epic journey to the sea. This happened just along the beach were we had walked daily. At our anchorage “Terry” turtle also visited daily which was delightful.
The boys were with us for ten days. We celebrated a Swedish Xmas with a Xmas eve party on the boat and then normal Xmas with lunch at the local hotel followed by racing on Boxing Day. Activities included sub aqua diving, swimming, and sightseeing.