Anchored near Pointe a Pitre

The anchorage outside Bas du Fort Marina offers views of amazing diversity. Astern we watched the commercial port load and unload all manner of ships 24 hours a day. Off our bow we could see the local fishing fleet come and go, and we saw all manner of small craft (under 100 feet) undergoing all sorts of repair. Two dry docks raised smaller ships for just about any repair you could imagine.
As each day wore on and kids got out of school, sailing instructors would herd their charges around the harbor in races and practices designed to hone the skills of future sailing champions. We seemed to be right in the heart of all this activity and enjoyed seeing the kids grin and growl as they tried their best to outwit all their competition.

Kids Racing Optimist Prams around the Harbor
Kids Racing Optimist Prams around the Harbor

The deepwater shipping channel ran directly behind this anchored catamaran. This guy must have held his breath many times as huge ships passed less than 100 feet off his stern . 
The Commercial Harbor at Pointe a Pitre
The Commercial Harbor at Pointe a Pitre

I tried to convince the staff at Bas du Fort to find a side tie dock that would make boarding easier for Joy, but either my poor French or their lack of understanding our situation resulted in our staying at anchor for the entire time we spent in Guadeloupe. We weren’t really disappointed because the anchorage is calm and access to shore is easy via the marina’s fantastic dinghy dock. 
Pointe a Pitre
Pointe a Pitre

Just a mile to the north of our anchorage lies the cosmopolitan city of Pointe a Pitre. There’s a harbor there, but very few cruising boats, reason being there’s no services for the cruising yachtsman there. Everything is located at Bas du Fort Marina. Haulouts, repairs, laundry, grocery, clothing stores chandleries, hair stylists, restaurants, car rentals, fuel – you name it. And everyone there is helpful, friendly, outgoing. We found it very easy to love the French islands. There’s less stress, less confrontation, minimal problems – A cruiser’s paradise. .

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