I arrived in St. Martin on March 6th to meet
Redwings. I was excited to sail
for the first time and to soak up the warm Caribbean weather. Winter
Boston had been cold and dreary. Much to my surprise, Redwings was
to a dock. Rather the boat was in the middle of Simpson's lagoon. I
previously stayed on Redwings when it was kept in the Barcelona
had expected the same. We took a dinging to the boat around 11:00
crew of Redwings are on Island time, not Eastern time. The crew
hinted that it was way past their bedtime and I should go to my
get some sleep.
Quickly, I adjusted to life on Redwings. Early to bed, early to
day started off with Coffee at 7:00 a.m. followed by the Security
8:15 with Melanie and the weather report with swell guru, Davy
to my surprise Simpson lagoon is a high crime lagoon. The security
reported a number of boat break ins as well as a dinghy theft.
felt safe with my captain (Aaron) and cook (Colleen) on board.
On Wednesday, I ran errands for the Cook to prepare for our sail to
bay and later St. Barths. I quickly realized that living on a boat
day to day errands a little more difficult. We went swimming and
some sun. The water felt great. Dinner was a fabulous Pandoori
served with a Japanese style salad. I wish Duggan had been as good a
college. Accompanying the dinner was a number of Heinekens. Heineken
to be the drink of choice.
On Thursday, we sailed to Orient bay in St. Martin. Although it was
motor sail, I felt good that my stomach held up. We then went
and cruised over to a nudist beach. Much to Aaron's chagrin, I kept
clothes on. The cook followed up the fabulous chicken with
Chili. The nights were my favorite part of sailing. Having a couple
and barking with good friends under the stars in 70 degree weather
idea of a good time.
On Friday we set sail for St. Barths. I had been warned by my father
would be a treacherous crossing. I prepared by filling my stomach
granola bars, tangerines and crackers. Unfortunately about 1/2 hour
those same granola bars, tangerines, and crackers would find their
up and onto the side of the boat. Luckily, a wave crashed onto the
taking my barf to the bottom of the ocean. Curled up in a
to Macy Gray's CD (three times in a row) I stayed strong and prayed
be in St. Barths quickly. The boat was at about a 75 degree angle
the sail. We anchored in Gustavia and headed for town. St. Barths is
It felt good to be on land and there was plenty of sassy shopping to
Duggan spotted David Letterman while I pigged out on ice cream. She
twice, but had no confidence in her celebrity sitting abilities. I
back of his head and confirmed his identity. We had drinks at Jimmy
old bar, Le Select, the basis for his song "Cheeseburger in
later a great meal in a French restaurant.
On Saturday, we headed back to St. Barths proper for more shopping
not a cheeseburger in paradise, at least French fries dipped in mayo
paradise. We then moved Redwings from Gustovia to Columbia, another
in St. Barths. Columbia was a beautiful spot. The best part was
dinging on the beach. I felt like GI Jane trying to land the dinging
later get it into the water without it being flipped by a wave.
We spent all of Sunday in Columbia. We dingyed to the beach and took
St. Barths is very hilly providing for panoramic views of the ocean
great hiking. Fortunately, we found a Boulanagerie and had
sandwiches/croissants. I was happy for some breakfast food, because
the food is great on Redwings, the cook does not serve breakfast. At
we played Hearts. Although I finished in 3rd place, I won three
past Heart games with the redwings crew (i.e. in Krabi) I was
Unfortunately, On Monday we had to say good bye to Columbia and head
St. Martin. After arriving back, we mistakenly set out for Margilo
ugly looking town via a hot and awful bus. Fortunately we ended up
nicer section where we had cocktails on the beach followed by a
dinner. Fortunately, the buses stop running at night and I could
Duggan to take a taxi home.
It was Tuesday and unfortunately time to go home. I helped
Redwings fill up
with fuel and water. It gave me an opportunity to experience boat
must say the Capt. and Cook asked me to do very little. I think the
described by the Cook was not to be helpful, but rather to
My advise to all is, take advantage of friends with a sail boat.
Martin / St. Barts
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