Sadly, the next day we had to bid farewell to Dory and Cat, so we were off to St. Maarten, where we dinghied them right to the airport! On the way we caught a beautiful Spanish Mackerel which we would cook up that evening Crispy Asian style, with a side of stir fried Zucchini and Lemon Bisque for dessert.
While in the anchorage, we ran into S/Y Spellbound (Leopard 45) and met Captain Ian, who very graciously invited us aboard for happy hour. We had a drink and a few good laughs about our adventures at Foxy’s Catfight the prior October. It’s always nice to see a friendly face in a port away from home and Captain Ian made us feel very welcome. Thanks for the hospitality and we hope we can return it next time we see you in the BVI!
The morning saw another kite board run and in the afternoon we were off on our next adventure, this time to the island of Saba, a beautiful volcanic island that shoots out of the ocean to a height of almost 3,000 feet. The last time we attempted to visit Saba the winds prohibited us from staying overnight, but on this day again, the wind was calm. We picked up a mooring ball near Wells Bay and went ashore to clear Customs. Saba has no sandy beaches, hence the visibility underwater is stunning. As a result SCUBA diving is one of Saba’s primary attractions. We did a fantastic dive with Sea Saba (independent diving is not allowed on the island so we partnered up with a local dive company) and had a peaceful evening aboard. However, true to form, later that night the wind kicked up again and we decided to leave the mooring just after midnight for a moonlit sail back home to the BVI.
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