A Week in Words   2 comments

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This past week has been a bit of a blur. I think the heat blurs the days together. One island melts into the next in our trip through strung-together countries.

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We left the rustic Spanish Virgins in sticky heat and glassy water. Visiting St. John by boat was much more satisfying than flying there. We tried to see some different things and go to new places but also took advantage of our familiarity with Cruz Bay.

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American National Parks gave way to throngs of charter boats in British waters. My dad, Lee, and I watched the bloated catamarans and the rest of the charter fleet in fascinated disgust. They were there to party, blast around on engine power, run their air conditioning, and generally make fools of themselves when they tried to sail.

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From Virgin Gorda we set off on an overnight sail across the Anegada Passage. The wind was light at first but filled in enough to move Pirat along. The trade-less days made for relatively flat water and an easy beat to St. Martin. The wind only increased enough to warrant reefs in the main and switching to the solent when we were a few tacks from our destination. Those last few miles were long, though.

From our anchorage outside the French Capitol of Marigot, we rushed to clear customs that first afternoon but were too late. The office closed 20 minutes before we got there so that activity had to wait till the next morning.

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Yesterday, my dad’s last day on Pirat, we enjoyed cafe au lait and croissants in one of many French cafe’s along the Marigot waterfront. We shopped in the nearby produce market, took a bus to Budget Marine for some boat-related shopping, and ate a delicious meal at Le Bistro Nu. I’m still emanating garlic-ness from my shrimp and scallops in sauce provencales (garlic, tomatoes, butter…).

I hope my dad made it to the airport alright this morning. The only cab we could find at 6:15am was off-duty and reluctant to give him a ride. Lee and I had a great time sailing with my dad and it’s always nice to have an extra hand on the boat!

Now we are back in the same cafe we visited yesterday. This time we have plug adapters so we won’t run out of batteries on our laptops! There are lots of plans to make for our upcoming move back to the U.S. We’re officially heading to California in a couple weeks! Pirat will be all tucked away in St. Kitts, waiting for our return.

Posted June 1, 2011 by Rachel in Uncategorized

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  1. How great! I’m glad your dad got to make it out there with you guys. What do you think you’ll miss most about your sailing lifestyle?

    • That’s a tough question that I’ve been thinking about a lot lately. I’ll definitely miss all this tropical fruit a lot. The freedom to move our home around to so many beautiful places will be tough to beat with any other kind of home!

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