After those really good few days here, we check a bit the map to set a plan to go back in Martinique. The journey out to Union is normally easier than the way back as the wind is NE and the angle is full North/South. We want to stop again in Béquia as it was pretty cool and then also stop by in St Vincent and St Lucia. If everything goes well, it’s around 5/6 hours sailing every day to see everything. We head north, passing close to Canouan (the island I went sailing), then we see the famous Mustique (the billionaire island). When we arrived in Béquia we moor almost at the same place in the turquoise water close to the little cliff. It’s time for some snorkeling, we meet some lobsters, Nemo fish and even a moray. We headed ashore and made a tour around the island and visit a bit. It’s nice, the driver is pretty cool and knows everything. We made some shopping for fruits and veggies and also a few souvenirs. The village centre is nice, the ambiance is cool with lot of small sellers, you feel the Caribbean vibes!
Next morning we start again early, the plan is to go to the north west of St Vincent to make the clearance (a formality to go out of the country). We put the anchor close to the beach and quickly a local arrived, paddling on an old AHD Diamond from 1999. There is a problem, he informs us that the clearance is closed since the Volcano explosion. Going ashore its clear to see that the population is suffering and whilst our friend couldn’t help us with customs, we tried to give him what we can. It’s the first time that we really see difficulty on a local’s eyes.
We head ashore at Walilabou – the bay made famous by the Pirates of the Caribbean and for Leon it’s mystical and special! You have pirate flags and skeleton welcoming you at the end of the pier.
We use the connection of the bar to re-check the forecast. The wind is forecasted lighter and more east for the night, this is easier with less pointing and more reaching so we decide to go straight to Martinique. So no stop in St Lucia this time - we will miss the famous Pitons but it’s better for the whole team. Everybody prefers a calm, smooth crossing and then enjoy the time in Martinique. We leave St Vincent before the sunset, we set a relay for sailing all the night and we finally arrive at 3:30am in Saline Bay in Martinique.