We have been in St Lucia now for a few weeks. Had a great sail from St Anne after a nice curry dinner with Anna and Dave after a foul trip from St Pierre down to there. It started off OK of course, then the wind went from a lovely 22knots to 11k (which got a bit suspicious when two heavy clouds joined up) then just after we got the main down it blew to 38k!! Naturally just when we need both motors the port one just stopped! So, to cut a typical sailing story short, we called into Grande Anse, anchored, fixed the blocked fuel pipe and arrived in Ste Anne right on dark in a squall.
We’ve had a great time in Rodney Bay and did three 24 hour shifts on the ARC finish line. It was the ARC Plus and the Grand Caneria ARC – in total nearly 300 boats! Our busiest night was 26 across the line. On our last evening Stu, Nat and kids come on board for dinner and helped welcome in a few boats with their conch shell horn. We have caught up with the ARC rally people who we met at various stops along our way here so that has been really nice. We have been able to go to all their functions, parties and trips – and they do do a good party. As well we have a complimentary berth in the marina for 24 hours after each shift. Today we are in with the super yachts – feeling a bit small. Not sure what to do after the last ARC event – may go to Martinique for Christmas. We have drunk the last bottle of South African wine. All in all the supplies we bought there lasted 12 months. We’ll miss it, but are now heading into French wine territory, there is also a lot of Argentinian and Chilean wine around here too – so not so sad.