Author Archives: Mark

Loving Martinique – Sainte-Pierre

We took Karl for a ride up to a little coastal town called Saint-Pierre. This is a pretty cool old town that was once the largest port on Martinique, back in the old days. Then, the volcano, Mount Pelée , erupted in 1902 killing all but one person in the town. About 28,000 people died […]

Categories: Caribbean, Martinique, Sailing Blog

More of Martinique

  According to the World Health Organization (WHO), the French have the best healthcare system in the world. The French is a universal system largely financed by government and national health insurance. Believe it or not, doctors still make house calls to people unable to visit the clinic. A GP visit costs about US$30 of […]

Categories: Caribbean, Martinique, Sailing Blog

Finding Our Way Around Martinique

We love Martinique! It is clean, safe and beautiful. It is also very French. We generally find most people are patient with us as we consult with Google translate or bumble-mumble some French words. My high school French is okay for basics but we really struggle when we get off the beaten path, which is […]

Categories: Caribbean, Martinique, Sailing Blog

Happy Cream Puff Day

  January 2nd is Cream Puff day. I swear. I’m not making this up. A couple of years ago while Googling something for our boat Cream Puff I discovered this. Then, I forgot about it. My mind is not the steel trap it once was. Little things slip away every now and then. Other old […]

Categories: Funny Stuff, Sailing Blog, Shorts and Musings

Joyeux Noël

It’s Christmas time in the Caribbean. There is no snow. It is sunny and hot, always. I don’t really understand how Santa’s magic sled is supposed to work without the snow. That sled is going to make a hell of a mark on the roof when it lands. There are no chimneys for Santa to […]

Categories: About Us, Martinique, Sailing Blog, Shorts and Musings

Sainte Anne’s – Martinique

We are back in France. We had a fantastic 5 hour sail from St. Lucia to Martinique. It was one of those very rare days when everything was in our favor. The wind was coming from the right direction. The seas were moderate. We managed to not break anything along the way. It didn’t rain. […]

Categories: Caribbean, Martinique, Sailing Blog

Happy to see St Lucia in the Rear View Mirror

We are finally legally admitted to St. Lucia. After never finding the immigration officer at Marigot Bay, we traveled to Rodney Bay and made contact at the local office. It wasn’t a problem we had stayed on the island for a few days without fully checking in. We know a couple of other boats having […]

Categories: Caribbean, Sailing Blog, St Lucia

St Lucia – The hunt for immigration in Marigot Bay

St Lucia is an island where a tourist must be careful about places they visit. Our first views of St Lucia included the magnificent twin pitons. Unfortunately the bay and town of Soufriere at the base of these pitons has a group of armed thugs at large who recently attacked a charter boat with two […]

Categories: Caribbean, Sailing Blog, St Lucia

The Beautiful Little Island of Bequia

Admiralty Bay and the township of Port Elizabeth on Bequia Island was a wonderful surprise. We originally planned to skip this island based on reports of crime posted on various cruising internet sites we follow. However, this was one of the very few times where someone else’s confidence of safety changed our plans. While in […]

Categories: Caribbean, Sailing Blog, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines

Meet Sidney

“Are you going to be here tomorrow? Can I bring you anything? Do you need bread”. These were the questions Sidney asked as he approached Cream Puff. I sat on the rail with my feet over the side. He said. “I am a vendor, I sell all sort of things. This is my store”. I […]

Categories: Sailing Blog, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines

The Tobago Cays

Another passport stamp. Another new country. Cindy said we probably change countries more than most people change their sheets. This week we arrived in the Grenadines part of the St. Vincent. We stopped very briefly at the port of Clifton on Union Island to clear in with customs and immigration. This was pretty simple since […]

Categories: Sailing Blog, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines

Snorkeling Sandy Island

I discovered I have a new pet peeve. I now lack tolerance for people who suck the fun out of life, people who burst the bubble or party poopers. Life is too short to deal with such negativity. I reluctantly conversed with such a person on the beach of Sandy Island located just off Carriacou. […]

Categories: Caribbean, Grenada, Sailing Blog

Carriacou

Carriacou turned out to be our meeting place. Our first stop this winter cruising season is the small island of Carriacou. This is the most northern island in the Grenada chain and home to about 8,000 people. We anchored off the capital city of Hillsborough across the bay toward Sandy Island. Most cruising sailors opt […]

Categories: Caribbean, Grenada, Sailing Blog

Bye Bye Grenada

  Rian (Ryan) ask me at dinner,”What have you most enjoyed about Grenada”. Rian was our new found friend and taxi driver. He has traveled most of the Caribbean islands. This is a little unusual for a local. Most of the local people we meet have not traveled extensively to other islands. They may have […]

Categories: Caribbean, Grenada, Sailing Blog

Naked Men and Boatyards

Three ladies walked in front of us and we caught a few words of their conversation, “I think he’s naked in the pool”. The pool they were referring to was the fountain outside of the IGA (grocery) store here on Grenada. Cindy and I parked ourselves on a shady bench with a cart full of […]

Categories: Caribbean, Grenada, Sailing Blog

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