On a last minute decision, we untied the boat and headed out for the weekend … since the bridge on the French side opens at 930, 230 and 530 … and it was 11, we finished our grocery shopping, topped up our water tanks, stowed all the gear and headed out of the marina … we made the bridge, which luckily was working and headed out to Marigot Bay.
We didn’t have a destination in mind, just somewhere to swim, snorkel and a beach to visit/play on … we knew that the ride would be smooth all the way to Grande Case, as the water is on the lee of the island. Basically, the island blocks the waves … so if you stay relatively close (within a mile), it is fairly flat and smooth … We know Grande Case, as we had spent a previous weekend there … so we decided to see what the waves looked like and maybe make Ile Tintamarre.
Ile Tintamarre, is a park and has some great history to it … most of which we only found out upon returning … we will make another trip to explore in more detail … anyways back to the story … We rounded the point at Grande Case and found the waves/rollers to be about 6-8ft … at a nice slow speed of about 8 mph the motion was not too bad and we decided to keep going.
Kate and Anna rode almost the whole way on the bows, riding the waves and taking some good splashes … the rest of us rode in the nice dry and covered fly bridge (upstairs steering) area … it took about 45 minutes of pounding into the waves to make the anchorage at the island … which, being a park, had some nice mooring balls that we could tie to … a late afternoon swim and snorkel and we would settle for the night.
… turns out that it wasn’t going to be a terribly good night … while no one got sick, the anchorage was a little rolly, nice way of saying, queesy inducing motion … ugh. We had our generator running nicely, so it was nice and cool in the cabins, which for me always helps with any motion sickness … around 1030P, when everyone was asleep, the boat next too us starting yelling at us … Michelle heard them and went out to talk to the neighbors, fearing something was wrong.
Turns out that our neighbors did not like our generator and requested that we turn it off … since we did not want to start an international incident (well Michelle didn’t), we capitulated and switched it off … our neighbors, from France, on vacation for 2 weeks on a rented boat with no AC and Generator wanted quite for the night … I get it … my fault for picking the mooring ball next to them … next time I will “park” out of earshot :).
We woke in the morning early (remember the not great night of sleep) … I had to dive one of the holding tanks what had become clogged … one of my seemingly repeating tasks (I only have installed 2 of the 4 macerating toilets) … and about an hour later everyone was up and ready for the day.
Our little dude didn’t fair well and woke up with a very upset tummy … he threw up a couple of times before we got him ashore … he threw up there one more time, but once we started playing and hanging out in the water, he got his color back and was back to normal.
We couldn’t head ashore with our dinghies, as the waves where breaking on the beach and landing the boat would be tough … so we used our inflatable kayak and a pool toy we had acquired … everyone got ashore by either swimming or riding and inflatable toy.
Michelle, Anna and Kate headed out to snorkel. Jaci and Genna went exploring and I stayed and played with Jack. The girls found a bunch of turtles feeding in the area and swam with them for several minutes. Kate was diving 15ft+ to stay with the turtle … seemingly one with the water and ocean … wish I could have captured that on video (our GoPro isn’t online yet).
We explored the island some, finding an old shipwreck (which had been there under a year) and walking the paths … we will have to head back to find the abandoned airfield and airplane wrecks that are there somewhere on another trip.
We headed home around 2P, making Marigot Bay by 4P … Kate and Jaci snorkeled in the 10ft water picking up starfish and just playing … we took the dinghy to the local store for some bread while we waited for the 530P bridge … Discovery was back at her marina by 630, a little salty, a little dirtier and with 7 happy, albeit sun bleached souls. Dinner and everyone to bed early as school officially starts the next day.