As we posted on Facebook (and I will blog about later), the part that arrived was the wrong one. We are trying to order the correct part, but we are likely to be stuck here for another week! Now, I say stuck, but if you are going to get stuck somewhere, you could do a lot worse than Rodney Bay, St Lucia. While we are here, we are trying to make the best of it. It’s easy to do when more Camp Grenada friends show up.
We didn’t know where we were going to be for (American) Thanksgiving, so we didn’t have any plans for dinner. I just knew I couldn’t roast a turkey in my tiny galley oven. Then we received an invitation from SlowDancing to join them and Lequesteau, Lagniappe, and Tehani for a potluck. I cooked up a bunch of chicken that we were in danger of losing (due to the freezer situation) into pulled chicken sandwiches. Walking over, we saw Schatzi had just come in and we extended an invitation to them to join us. It was quite a surprise event that was a wonderful diversion from my homesickness. I was kind of mopey and missing being with my family for the holiday. Thank you to our extended cruising family! You made my day.
Livin’ Life is parked in the marina on the outside dock. This gives us a front row seat to watch the ARC/ARC+ boats arrive into the marina. They have to pass right by us! We saw the first boat arrive, a French monohull, but I didn’t have a camera handy to photograph it. I am sure there is plenty of media coverage on it. The ARC is a big deal in St Lucia and filming crews are here on the dock to film the boats as they pull into the marina and to interview the crew.
The next day, a catamaran arrived. I don’t know the standings. They are rated by class and it is a race, so they cannot use their engines. From what we’ve been hearing, they didn’t need to. The was favorable for a fast sail.
Mowzer and Lagniappe joined us to await the arrival of Distance Shores, who are due any moment. We all met Paul and Sheryl Shard from Distant Shores in Simpson’s Lagoon in Sint Maarten last cruising season.
Anorak and Distant Shores were battling it out to the finish. For the entire 2100 mile journey, they were never more than 20 miles apart! That is amazing! Anorak came by the marina first, beating Distant Shores by just 10 minutes! Incredible!
We cheered and Dave blew an airhorn as they came by. Paul and Sheryl waved and greeted us as kindly as ever. But we will leave them alone for a couple days to get rested up. They must be pooped.
As I understand it, Distant Shores made the journey from Cape Verde, off the coast of Africa, to St Lucia in 11 days. They were flying! I believe they hit 13 knots! The sailing was good, but not without mishaps. However, that is their story to tell. Here is their Facebook page, if interested. It was quite a journey!
The ARC and ARC+ (makes one stop at Cape Verde from the Canary Islands) has 250+ boats participating. They started at different times, with the ARC+ making the shorter journey and leaving first. However, one ARC boat was due to make history. Making the entire distance in the shortest time ever, passing many or most of the ARC+ boats and all of the ARC boats. In the picture above, the red line shows the heading by dead reckoning or as the plane flies. The orange line is the race boat track that was way ahead of the pack.
We watched the boat come in, but it didn’t pass by us. It headed for the megayacht docks. It is one of the Volvo boats, which means something to the people who follow yacht racing. What it means to me is 15 people on a bare bones boat without any creature comforts. No wonder they did it in 8 days! I’d be pushing hard to get there, too!
The ARC watching followed a cribbage tournament between Livin’ Life, Mowzer, and Lagniappe. Greg on Lagniappe won the tournament undefeated. But we found out that Lequesteau also plays cribbage, so we are hosting another tournament.
Catherine (Mowzer) was telling me that I shouldn’t take a picture from this angle, that the flash would shine off Dave’s head. She said she feels comfortable enough in her relationship with Dave to say so.
“Hey wait a minute.” Dave thinks she may be feeling a little too comfortable! Especially as she pats the shiny spot to sink in her point.
After Lequesteau and Lagniappe left, we had a couple new visitors. Milo and Socks from our next door neighbors, Three Little Birds, came aboard for some food or attention. Socks is a little shy, but Milo is not in the slightest. Last night when we returned to the boat from dinner out with this same group of people, we opened the door to find Milo standing on the counter looking at us. Seeing those big eyes looking at me when I wasn’t expecting it startled me. We accidentally left the hatches open, so Milo was able to jump down and come in but couldn’t leave again until we returned. Good thing Milo doesn’t like pumpkin pie, because I had left one cooling on the counter.
Other than being startled, Milo can visit anytime. I miss my kitty, Gizmo, but our son, Devan, is taking good care of him in Alaska.
However, Milo was getting a little personal with Catherine. Hahaha! But I don’t think she minded too much. Yes, we are having a good time here. And are super glad that Mowzer finally caught up to us. We missed their company and need to recommence the Wizard games.