Our first night in The Saintes we arrived too late to get a mooring so we were at anchor – having been moved twice by the harbor master for being in the wrong place… The anchorage is well outside the mooring area and far more exposed. It was windy and the swell was significant. We tried playing dominoes, but they went flying – so we played Liar Dice instead! Sleeping was all but impossible without a seat belt, so in the morning I had a motivated crew to help me find and secure us to a mooring!
Mike and Jane took the dinghy and sped off in search of a newly vacated mooring ball which they were fortunate to find quickly – just as a French boat was approaching it! They valiantly fought for their rights and held on tight!
Meanwhile, Laurie and I had to haul in the 250ft rode – while avoiding boats on both sides of us – one of whom had anchored almost on top of our anchor – making retrieval especially difficult. Laurie managed to steer her way through the maze and we emerged and quickly attached ourselves to the hard fought mooring. It was much less rolly.
We quickly explored the small town and then took a walk up to Fort Napoleon – quite a hike! We had a well deserved dinner at Peter and Patty’s invitation at a wonderful French restaurant that evening.
Today we took another hike up to Fort Caroline and then down to Pompierre Bay. The scenery here is quite dramatic with Guadaloupe in the background to the north and Dominica in the background to the south. We’re really looking forward to Dominica – it looks quite impressive from 10 miles off!