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6th February, 2018

St Lucia

Another windy approach to the harbour – it’s funny how you sometimes get a series of days like this in the Caribbean. Although 30 knots outside the harbour the pilot advised it was only 10-15 knots inside the port. So many of the ports over here are well sheltered from the predominant NE’ly trade winds.

With the pilot on board we lined up for the harbour entrance following a set of leading marks to identify the centre of the main channel. We were all docked at Castries, St Lucia by 0730 and guests were free to go ashore from 0800.

Over the last decade, a combination of inviting resorts, fine beaches, plenty of water sports, fascinating natural beauty and a welcoming environment have drawn more and more visitors to this lush, tropical paradise. St Lucia is just 27 miles long and 14 miles wide and located between Martinique and St Vincent. Due to its natural beauty St Lucia has been dubbed “The Helen of the West Indies”. It contains the famous twin peaks of the Pitons, now a UNESCO World Heritage Site, which rise dramatically 2,000 feet into the sky and dominate the Island.

There were 7 Shore Excursions on offer today, with something for everyone. The more active could enjoy “Discover Sailing” aboard a beautiful racing yacht, or snorkelling between the Pitons, or even a Helicopter Trip.

For me it was an amazing day as 3 of the Senior Officers and myself had the pleasure of taking Joy Howe, our soon to be a twice Diamond Britannia Club member, for a surprise day out. This cruise she will reach 2,000 nights sailing with Saga which is just amazing. Anyway at 0945 we met in the reception area and Joy only knew to bring a swimsuit, some sun cream, a change of clothes and to dress “elegant casual”. With a private transfer on the dock we whisked her away to a tropical paradise - the “Calabash Cove Resort”. This was a way for Saga to say thank you to Joy for her loyalty. With a mixed fresh fruit daiquiri to start and a plunge in the pool we were set for a wonderful and relaxing day. They even provided a cottage for us to use for the day with its own mini pool and dining terrace. Lunch was something to savour with the most stunning views. I have attached a few photos of this magical place.

With a late sail we had another BBQ on deck and a steel band. These Caribbean evenings are perfect for this and fortunately we worked around an earlier rain shower with the restaurant staff quickly removing all the wet linen from the outdoor tables and then re-laying as if nothing had happened. What a crew!!

With everyone still enjoying the party we slipped our moorings and cleared the harbour, en-route for Bequia.

Captain Julian Burgess

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