May 5-May 14
Our first over night passage went well. The wind and waves were good and the weather was perfect. We made it to St. Martin ahead of schedule so we slowed down to arrive in daylight. After checking in at the Captainerie in Port Le Royale on the french side (where port fees do not apply) we steered Harmony through our first lifting bridge, a tight one and anchored in Simpson Bay Lagoon. We did some shopping for the boat and enjoyed happy hours at some bars. Due to bad weather we ended staying in St.Martin a week, longer than we had planned. The dinghy rides between the bays were no fun in the rain. Saturday night was the worst, it stormed with strong winds, gusts of 30 to 32 knots during the night, boats swung all over the place, some got very close to us but without incidents.
As soon as we saw a weather opening we left for St.Bart’s. We were enjoying sailing for a short while when we saw some bad weather coming toward us, so we decided to start the engines and head straight to St.Barts, unfortunately the weather caught us. It rained all the way to St Bart’s and the rest of the night. We anchored in Gustavia in front of the Saintes Rocks. The dinghy ride to check in was not fun either. We were a little embarrassed going in to the Port Gustavia office all wet, but the officers were super nice and relaxed, no worries. The following day the sun was out so we decided to do a walking tour of the city. Begining at the walkway we visited Fort Carl, Shell Beach, Fort Oscar (the police station is there, so it is closed to the public) and Fort Gustav. The views from the Forts are awesome, you can see the city and all the bays from it. After the walk we had lunch at Le Select Restaurant. We both ordered the fish sandwich. We laughed when receiving our order to see it was a fish stick sandwich, ha ha instead of fresh fish. The fish stick sandwich tasted good. After all it was a St. Barts fish stick sandwich. We loved St. Barts, it is really a colorful and beautiful town, clean and neat.