05 April 2009

Rodney Bay, St. Lucia

Anchored off Pigeon Island
Rodney Bay
St Lucia Island
Caribbean Sea
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  • 100 feet from SV Christa
  • 300 nm to St Croix, Virgin Islands
  • 1521 nm to St Charles, SC USA
Busy. The one word Tom and I both used to describe our last week.

Our last entry reunited us with old friends Chris and Sam. Sam’s visit went by too quickly. He is a great boat guest who quickly regained his sea legs his first night at anchor with a very uncomfortable swell rolling into the anchorage. Chris on S/V Christa is still anchored off our stern and guaranteed to bring a smile to our faces at least once a day with his excitably active personality.

We added two more guests to the week with Mom Sherman and her boyfriend, Dr. Bob. Bob had planned this trip for a surprise B-day trip for Mom months back and it couldn’t have worked out better. We were able to leave the boat at anchor just minutes from their all inclusive resort, which we were fortunate enough to take full advantage of for the very low price of FREE. It was hard to tear ourselves away from all the activities…pool side bingo, Hobie cats, swim up bar, and several different restaurants to choose from. But we managed to escape one afternoon to tour the St.Lucian Distillery, Rhythm of Rum tour.  Read Tom’s rum report.

We also wanted to show Mom and Bob our favorite hangout on the island, ‘Jambe de Bois’. Jambe de Bois means ‘wooden leg’ and is named after the French pirate that used the island as a base for raiding passing Spanish ships in the 1550’s. The restaurant has a cozy cabin feel with good cheap eats, dingy dock, wifi and a friendly personal staff.

We also pulled into the Rodney Bay Marina for just one night this week where we filled up on water and a few provisions, charged all the gadgets, and purchased a few must needed items from the duty free chandlery. That night we were fortunate enough that Mom and Bob could come down to the boat and get a better look at what has been our home for the last years. Mom has been aboard 3 years ago in Mexico just before we left for our Pacific Crossing. But Bob had never had the pleasure of stepping aboard the famous ‘Piper. His response was a shake of the head with amazement and bewilderment and assured us that ‘he wouldn’t do it’.

Our time flew by with them but look forward to being closer to home soon when our visits will be more frequent. Thanks so much to the both of them for bringing us 22 pounds of loot and spoiling us all week. 

Our current plan is to check out of St.Lucia tomorrow, hoist anchor in the afternoon and make tracks for the United States Virgin Island of St. Croix where we hope to be able to visit the Cruzan Rum Factory. Then, a 40-mile jump up to St. John where we will have the pleasure of spending a week with Dad and Shannon Sherman.


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