September 17, 2010
Erimar held a steady 6 knots to Ile De Re` as the bellowed wind filled her sails to time our arrival at St. Martin marina gate right on cue. Sailing is all about timing, it`s the difference between a pleasant passage or a rough one. The difference between a speedy passage or a slow one or indeed, no passage at all! We were third boat through the gate and the Capitainerie pointed to where he wanted us to moor, wedged tightly between two yachts!
The downside of being first in to a place like St.Martin is that it means for all intents and purposes you are going to be last out and when there is 6 rafted outside of you, behind you and in front of you, it is unlikely anyone will move for you. Etiquette goes out of the window. You just enjoy the stay and there is lots to enjoy. The island is such a beautiful place to visit with a mediterranean ambience and a southern feel. A place for romance and a place for joy. A special place to take a special person.
You are a captive market for some lovely shops with lovely prices but people swarm in from all over France and the world. We even bumped in to a couple from New Zealand, and they loved it too but were more concerned with the devastation back home and we were surprised by just how many English holiday on Ile De Re`. There seemed to be more here than anywhere else we had visited in France.
Over our stay here I asked everywhere and I searched high and low. I checked the history books and I spoke to the church but no one anywhere had heard of the woman called Hilda Ray!
Passage:17.89nm Distance Run So Far: 1288.62nm