After the prize-giving on Friday (check out the photo of Graham, Di and Rich receiving the prize on the World Cruising Website - http://www.worldcruising.com/arc/eventgallery.aspx?path=arc&path=arc&rtid=12 ) lots of the boats left the marina. Sadly Rich had to fly home yesterday so we're back to a crew of two; nice to have some extra space, though! We moved out to anchor near Pigeon Island and are meeting up with another four or five crews for Christmas lunch tomorrow.
Today was 'boat maintenance in exotic locations' – Di had a good tidy of the boat, washed clothes and found our Christmas decorations and Graham spent nearly three hours replacing the flushing hoses in the forward heads. The originals had become hard and brittle with age so needed the jubilee clips to be extra tight to stop leaks and this was the cause of the cracked valve during the crossing.
Jobs done, we dinghied over to a great waterfront cafe (just a shack really) for a late lunch (we were here last night for a brilliant jazz gig with local and US musicians), just in time to see a huge rain squall arrive to give the washing an extra rinse on Maunie.
Between Christmas and New Year we'll cruise down the west coast of St Lucia to the Pitons (two volcanic peaks that look spectacular) and we're planning our next destinations. We'll keep you informed of our progress!
We hope that you have a lovely Christmas and a very Happy New Year
Graham and Dianne xx