Date: Sunday 6 February 2022
Position: 14° 24.759’ N 60° 53.289’ W
Location: Petite Catherine, Martinique
Distance Sailed during the week: 3 NM (distance dinghy: 60 NM)
Distance Sailed total: 6494 NM
Most popular on the menu: Chicken nuggets at McDonalds
Animals spotted: Yellow crab
Comment of the week: “I like my new teacher!”
Our focus this week has been provisioning and fixing all the things on our to do list.
Vaccination shot no. 3 for Jonas, Sanna & Axel and the first shot for Atle & Alma. A very smooth process and no side effects for any of us, just some slightly sore arms afterwards..
Jonas and Atle rented a car for a day to do all the shopping and get a package through customs. After more than 2 hours at the customs office and the local shipping agent, and more than 10 stops at different stores we finally found what we were looking for. Atle enjoyed the lunch stop at McDonalds, but most of all we finally found a GoPro camera for him that he was supposed to get as a Christmas present ! Jonas is happy as well – a new phone is purchased
Le Marin is also the base for a massive fleet of French charter boats. To support all the French charter boats and all other cruisers (mainly French) there are several well stocked ship chandlers and technical yacht services in Le Marin. Thanks to this we were able to fix a lot of things on our to-do list.
With two massive grocery stores close to a dinghy dock we could also do a lot of grocery shopping, the boat was loaded to maximum! It was almost like the provisioning we did before the Atlantic crossing.
This week we had some guest teachers: our friend Göran from the boat Blue Elixir and Micke and Annika from the boat Matilda. For some strange reason Atle managed to do the same amount of math in 4 hours with his guest teachers as it usually takes him two weeks to complete otherwise We are so grateful for the other adults that the kids can be with, and choose and love to be with. In Sweden we have other adults in the kids’ lives that share some of the responsibility, but here, living this life, we are kind of alone with all the discussions, upbringing etc. That of course is one of the best parts of living this life, but at the same time it can be hard and challenging!
No week without a birthday party! The marina in Le Marin, anchorage in Le Marin and St Anne is spread over a bit too large an area for the kids to take the dinghy back and forth on their own. So 10 kids boats moved to a secluded anchorage outside St Anne instead. Now all the kids could all hang out together and have a nice birthday barbeque party at the beach!
Next week – Martinique Cup!
Written by Susanna Edholm, edited by Hanna Ericksson