Captain Crunch finally found a nice selection of octopi in Les Saintes, where we stopped mid voyage for a few lovely nights at Ile Cabrit. We had heard that the place is lousy with them, but they must have all been hiding when we came through earlier in the season. This time, she found 3 on her first swim, and one of them was out in the open!
Fortunately, the new bracket for the fuel filter, the patch for the mainsail, and the first attempt at fixing the autopilot did not turn out to be overly expensive. We made terrific time getting to Martinique with the newly patched mainsail flying the whole way. We sometimes saw speeds of up to 9 knots with a little bit of a following sea. Our average was more like 7 as we had to motor in the lee of Dominica and there was a bit of a current slowing us down on the west side of Martinique. The autopilot failed again just as we got to Martinique, but we’re close enough to Grenada now that we’re just going to wait until we get into a marina to try fixing it more permanently.
We’d originally planned to grab a ball at Anse d’artlet again, but all of the good ones were taken, so we pressed on to St. Anne where we stayed for about a week. The kids had a blast at the beach as usual.