a stopover in Montserrat we are in Guadeloupe! It's amazing: beautiful,
great food and great people. Just that thing with the right anchor spot
is a pitty....
we arrived after dark we anchored a bit outside the bay to avoid any
collision with unlighted vessels. And it had many of them - guess French
laziness. Yesterday morning we finally anchored in the middle of the
bay - it was a perfect spot. After immigration we had a coffee in one of
the pitoresk restaurants on shore. Just to realize that another lazy French catamaran was anchoring in the meantime very close to us. When we
checked it out our vessels have been two (2!!) meters apart. And he was
obviously fine with that as he was not on board anymore. Did I mention
that we expect some blow the next days.....idiot!! So we changed our
anchor spot again - closer to shore and closer to one of the many fish
trap buoys. Anchor maneuver two of the day.
Later that evening we had some fellow cruisers on board for one of those
famous boat cocktails. Just to learn that this unmarked fishing buoy is
actually a buoy to tie up the local diving catamaran. So we had to move
again! And that's when the real story began:
main anchor, a Manson Supreme, always got into the ground the first attempt. We never had to set the anchor again. Not this time: The left over
anchor spots have been so covered with a thick layer of seagrass that
we could not get that damn anchor into the ground! We circled the
anchorage for one hour and I guess we dropped the hook another ten
times before we finally found good holding ground again. And this with
two guests on board. And like in real life, cruisers always love to watch
others while doing maneuvers: I think it's fair to say they had VIP
Lounge seats with free drinks ;-)
now in deeper water than planned, but it has its advantages as well -
we got free internet again and while having coffee Rahel is trying to
convince one of the many turtles around us to give her a nice picture.
That's amazing isn't it? Almost as good as sea turtle for breakfast...