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Last update November 03 2013
After a week of activities on the island of Carriacou we said goodbye to Rene and Stacy on SY Pipe muh Bligh and Dave on SY Ke Ola Kai. A farewell dinner is held on the Pipe and Stacy has made great food, we enjoyed every bit of it. They go back to Grenada and we go slowly up towards St.Maarten.
Friday October 4th, JoHo departs from Tyrrel Bay after check out. We set sail and with a good South-East wind JoHo sails like a rocket. In no time we arrive in Chatham bay, beautiful green, steep, but thus little wind. We enjoy the birdsong, turtles who occasionally show their heads, snorkel and swim in the smooth blue water.
After two days in this quiet surroundings we set our sail again towards the North-East. It is a beautiful day, clear blue skies and the sea is very flat. We sail between islands and rocks, decide to go on as all goes so well and late in the afternoon we stop in Admiralty Bay on Bequia.
First thing we did was looking for an internet connection to look at the weather. It is still hurricane season after all. We decide to stay in Bequia a few days more, to watch the development of a new front more closely.
On Wednesday October 9th Richard and Krickett on SY Crazy Krickett anchored next to us. We invited them for a drink an a snack on JoHo and plans for the future are discussed in the afternoon. The weather is obviously the biggest point and after we watched the weather again we decided to sail North in the one-day window the next day.
Very early in the morning on Thursday October 10th we left. In the dark we passed the island of St Vincent , we do not stop here for the many burglaries on sailing boats committed in and around this island. They don't hesitate to use violence in those robberies either.
Once behind the island the wind is gone, we put on our engine and motor along St Vincent up to St Lucia. In the afternoon we sailed into Marigot Bay on St Lucia and see Kees in his dinghy come towards us to say hello. We have a good time with Kees and Anja of cat Tokeh Baroe, aboard JoHo, aboard Tokeh Baroe, in a local bar on land for a happy hour. We look at the weather again and see the front is up 50 % chance becoming a hurricane. This is enough for us to linger here, near the hurricane hole of Marigot.
Next days it's raining, say pouring, between the showers we see Kees and Anja for coffee and socializing. After a downpour with hard gusty winds it seems Joho is moving. John is going to take a look and re-anchors the boat that appeared to be anchored in some sand over rock.
We decide the next day to leave for Rodney Bay, and from there to Martinique. Kees and Anja wave us off on Saturday, October 12th. We'll meet again in Martinique. We set sail and sail close to the coast of St Lucia towards Rodney Bay.
Mid-morning we are almost in Rodney Bay, but it looks as if the wind will stay in the South-East for some time so we decide to continue to Le Marin. Turns out to be no pleasure trip. JoHo plows through the -still high and Nort-East- waves into the -East- wind to Martinique. We need to motor into Le Marin the last 3 miles, getting up into the bay.
Here we'll stay a while. We like the French islands, developed, safe, friendly, good food, beautiful anchorages. First we supply the boat with goodies (wine, beer and cheese). Then we arrange many things for a trip to the Netherlands.
Due circumstances we decided to go to the Netherlands for 2 weeks. Our boat remains at anchor, being watched by Kees and Anja.
On October 25th we fly to Paris, where we arrive the next day. Our car is arranged and before we know it we drive away from Paris already.
Our time in the Netherlands is very short and we have a lot to settle. As always the business takes a lot of time. But it sure is nice to see our family and friends again. Before we know it the week is all over again. Fortunately, we enjoy almost every minute of everything and everyone, and that's the main thing, enjoying life is what we live for.
I finished a special photobook, about our travels 10 years JoHo's travel from 2001 to 2011.
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JoHo is on anchor in Le Marin, Martinique at 14°27'8 N - 60°52'4 W.
Sailing the Caribbean mainly.
Our floating home and office is always ready for us to work for ourselves as writers and editors compiling cruising guides on our way.
We'll see how things will run, life's too complicated to plan anyways. Live life to the max, it can be over before you know it is our slogan.
John and Jolanda