We arrived at sunset into this bay you may know from ‘the Pirates of the Caribbean,’ when the Black Pearl sailed into this exact spot - Marigot Bay!
Marigot Bay was once called “the most beautiful bay in the Caribbean” by the famous author, James Michener, and it has only really been developed in recent years. It is said the French used to hide their ships in the bay behind the little spit, covering the masts in palm fronds as camouflage, and the British would sail on by not noticing them there. .
Berthed up at the resort, where we could enjoy all their amenities, we found Marigot Bay is a great spot to meet other yachties; we’ve made new friends with people that are heading our way later in the year after hurricane season which is great. One of the best things about this way of travel is the yachties you meet and the stories of their lives, which can be fascinating.
We also managed to knock off a couple of minor boat jobs, but now have a big issue with the bow thruster, which suddenly packed up. Many hours were spent by Matt and Tjere with their heads in the depths of the boat and they eventually managed to resolve at least part of the issue.
Meanwhile, we had our second to last dinner with the WARC and enjoyed the presentations and great food served by the yacht club, a prelim to the next and final stop at Rodney Bay.
We finished the first half of the World ARC when we sailed into Rodney Bay today, however, the rest of the fleet has finished their circumnavigation, and its time to say our goodbyes over a Caribbean rum or three! Certainly the welcoming party on the docks was pretty good! But for us, its a sad time; saying goodbye to our amazing friends after these months of shared dramas, fun, and wonder is never ever going to be easy!