Getting North

After leaving Grenada we had a wonderful sailing day and made our way North towards Carriacou. Two pelicans welcomed us in front of Sandy Island. What a wonderful place! A white stripe of sand with a few palmtrees, about 15 pelicans and a lot of hermit crabs – that’s it.

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Hike along the beach – Sandy Island
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Sandy Island – Pelicans diving
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A wooden swan?

FALKOR and KISU joined us on Sandy Island as well.  Emma, Kai, Jaël and Amina explored the island like small Robinson Crusoes and we enjoyed snorkelling and watching the pelicans. The snorkelling was actually so good that André and Markus from KISU planned to go diving on the next day as Markus has his diving gear with him on KISU.

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So the next day we were getting ready for the big dive… We were all on KISU. Gaby was ready to look after the kids, Markus and André were ready, squeezed in their wetsuits, diving bottles prepared and I was ready to assist and keep watch in the dinghy. So actually everything was ready but…. Unfortunately not the wheather. It turned out to be one of the rainiest days since we have arrived in the Caribbean. So around 3 p.m. Markus and André finally gave up and had a glass of wine instead.

After all it was better like that, then in the evening André’s right ear startet hurting and on our way to Clifton (Union Island) next morning we stopped in Hillsborough on Carriacou where André went to the hospital and got some antibiotics for curing his infection of the middle ear.

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Hospital in Carriacou – luckily ‘only’ an ear infection.

 

Therefore we changed our original plan and skipped Tobago Cays as diving and snorkelling was off the list for at least two weeks. We stopped in Bequia instead and met KISU again.

As Karin was arriving on the 27th of January in Fort de France we sailed from Bequia straight to Martinique with just one over night stop in St. Lucia. The passage between St. Lucia and Martinique was quite rough with big waves but we arrived in Le Marin just right on time.

Baguette, pain au chocolat, cheese… foodwise Martinique is heaven… it is the best place for provisioning. And also for getting any repairs on the boat done. But it is Carribean so things can take a while… it took for example 6 days to find Karin’s luggage. Her bag was first stuck in Guadeloupe then flew back to St. Marten and finally was sent to St. Barths (no idea why). Luckily they confirmed there the receipt of the bag by mail otherwise it certainly would have been lost.

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We all enjoyed the days with Karin and are looking forward to see her again in French Polynesia.

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