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St Martin

St Martin

It's been 2 weeks since I last posted. Or something like that. Loosing track of the days here. So I'll try to re-cap as best I can.

Motor sailed into the wind from the Virgin Islands. Took about 15 hours to get to St Martin.
Anchored in Simpsom Bay the first night. Had some weather coming in so we decided to go inside to the lagoon. It's a large protected water with the Dutch on one side and the French on the other.
Cleared in then had to wait for the bridge to open.

Anchored up, dropped the dinghy and took a ride over to Marginot on the French side.
Very nice waterfront with lots of shops and restaurants. Found a great little French pastry shop full of wonderful things.

Spent the next 2 days running down groceries and boat stuff. Stopped in to one of the casino's, lost $5.00 there but had a couple of comp drinks, and did one night at the movies. Saw the new Batman pic.
The weather wasn't too bad. The wind got up to about 25 mph but we were well anchored.

Took the local bus around the island. The French side is definitely nicer than the Dutch side.
Philipsburgh on the Dutch side was pretty nice though. Lots of shopping there and a real beach town. It's where the cruise ships come in.

One afternoon we took a ride over to the Sundown Bar. It's on the west side of the island right at the end of the airport runway. The planes fly just over the beach to land.

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Had a good weather window so left for St Barts about 15 miles south-east.

St Barts

Had a decent sail to St Barts but we didn't stay there long, nor get a chance to explore the island, because of weather concerns. Just over nighted in a quiet bay for 2 nights then headed down to St Kitts.
Too bad. Maybe we'll come back this way in a few months.

Posted by Heart of Gold 18:58

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