You might recall our 2015 end of season entanglement with the French boater from Guadeloupe, the one who smashed into our port side, damaging our rigging, hull, bow-roller, and pulpit. That one? Oh yeah. Well, our main reason for visiting Sint Maarten was to replace the standing rigging, a task for which we’d made tentative arrangements with FKG Rigging. So, with a fantastic forecast for light southeast winds, we moved out to the anchorage to make ready for a very early departure on January 23rd. With our damaged rigging, and a lengthy first hop, we were glad for an extremely easy, off the wind first passage.
The winds were so light that in spite of our 06:00 departure, we could not make Sint Maarten in daylight. We barely made it to the anchorage off Gustavia, St. Barts, and by the time we found an open spot to set our anchor, full dark was upon us. With a simple cold snack, we both collapsed on the settees in the main saloon. No sleeping in the forward cabin in this incredibly rolly anchorage.
We left the next morning to arrive in time for the 11AM opening of the bridge into the lagoon at Sint Maarten; as we circled around the outer harbor waiting for the bridge, we quickly realized (and remembered) that we did not want to anchor outside in the rolly conditions we observed. Inside the lagoon you’ll find nearly flat conditions, but a very crowded anchorage with less than ideal holding in the heavy grassy bottom.