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CHANGE OF PLANS

Our friends Karl and Bekki from Florida planned their sailing trip with us months ago but due to the Boeing grounding, their flight to Antigua was cancelled the evening before departure.    

  They were able to rebook a flight a few days later but into Guadeloupe and out of Martinique.     So we headed south and arrived to meet them in Pointe a Pitre, the main town of Guadeloupe.     As we approached we were escorted by dolphins!  


Next morning Karl rented a car, we stopped at the bakery to buy wonderful French sandwiches and we took a tour to Basse Terre, the mountainous region where we hiked to a waterfall, had a picnic lunch, fed mongoose our crumbs and enjoyed the beautiful settings.    Karl is a photographer so arrived well equipped.   

  In the evening we ventured some many miles for a meal at a French restaurant that was in a  rural setting.  Thank you goggle maps for finding it for us.   It was extremely special, memorable and excellent food.  Thank you Karl and Bekki!


With favourable winds we sailed to Marie-Galante, named after one of Columbus’s boats.  The island is very unspoiled, quiet and beautiful.   Best to tour the island via car or scooter.   With very little traffic, scooters can certainly be considered.   This island is wonderful for hiking.    The island once had 600 sail driven windmills for grinding sugar cane.     Today approximately 70 windmills remain in need of repairs, plus the newer generation windmills which produce energy for the island.

We anchored off the village of Saint Louis and enjoyed walking around and talking with people.   A few speak english and we found a young man who lived in London for several years but wanted to return to his homeland.   Very friendly people here.   Unfortunately we were under a strict time frame so we had to depart sooner than we wanted.    


We told Karl and Bekki we must stop at Portsmouth, Dominica for the evening beach BBQ.     Once again, as we wrote earlier, it was so much fun.   With a few rum punches and good music, everyone dances.    We took a tour of the island and enjoyed more waterfalls.  

We  learned how much China is providing aid and help to this island from the past hurricane.   
The final passage with Karl and Bekki was to Martinique, Fort de France, where they returned back to Florida.  Although it was a short stay, we stayed very busy and had a wonderful time!

DOMINICA

We endured a spirited sail from Martinique to Dominica. In the past Dominica was not visited often by sailors due to crime but we saw nothing but positive, helpful and friendly people in Portsmouth harbour. Arriving we were met by Albert, a member of PAYS, who arranged any tours, laundry, any yacht services and told us of a beach BBQ that evening, sponsors by PAYS.

PAYS office in Portsmouth Bay

It was a fantastic evening of very good food, unlimited rum punch, great music and dancing. Albert’s son we now call “Caribbean John Travolta”. The atmosphere was friendly, fun and a highlight of our cruising.

We took the Indian river tour with Albert who is very knowledgable and has a lot of passion for the river’s history, wildlife and fauna.

Albert our tour guide is rowing us up the river. Pointing out all the animals he could spot.
Iris and Öyvind take a rest at the river bar.
What a fantastic tour we had! Thank you Albert.

We took a van tour of the northeast end of the island which was spectacular. The island is so lush with many waterfalls and mountains. Agriculture is big for the island’s prosperity, passing many banana fields. Iris and Öyvind took advantage of the Emerald pool and waterfall.

Our guide at Red Rock
Red Rock
The chocolate factory
Öyvind is examining to cocco beans
Emerald waterfalls
Iris and Öyvind takes a swim


Next day we took a hike up to Fort Shirley and much to our surprise they were shooting a music video so there was a lot of dancing and costumes. It is quite amazing how they can dance and perform on the long stilts. Fort Shirley overlooks the bay of Portsmouth.

We will certainly return to Dominica when it is time to sail south at the end of the season. There is much more to see and we like the overall feel of the people of Portsmouth and the beautiful island.