The injector pump FINALLY arrived! After having to wait for the pump for three weeks, which as a result caused Janneman and Robyn to cancel their flights and wait for us in New York. It was a mad rush to reinstall the pump, have them buy new tickets and make our way up to the BVI's, where we were picking them up. After loads of planning, delays, flights and some sailing it was an awesome moment when we arrived in Road Town, Tortola and could see Janneman and Robyn waving to us from the ferry across the bay. Finally picking them up and signing them onto Melody was surreal.
We spent that night anchored in Road Town and celebrated the long awaited reunion with a braai, some coco-pine cocktails, loads of laughter, a twinkling shore and the sound of live reggae music drifting our way. The following day we ventured across to Peter Island and spent the evening in a beautifully remote bay where we enjoyed a delicious curry made by Melody's new crew.
The following day we headed back to Tortola and anchored at Smugglers Cove, a bay on the Island's Northern shore. With crystal clear waters, long white beaches lined with coconut palms and ice cold beers in the shade, we couldn't have asked for more.
Next it was on to White Bay in Josh Van Dyke, home to the famous Soggy Dollar beach bar. We spent three days here enjoying the fun-filled atmosphere, plenty of excellent pain killers, aiming a tiny ring at a hook on a palm tree and basically having a great time. If you're up for a good party this is definitely the place to be.
After having spent almost a week in the BVI's it was time to head South. Wishing we could put off the dreaded journey down to St Maarten, we had to get going as the Hurricane season approaches. Wilhelm and I knew it would be a horrible beat but with strong winds and big swell it was probably the worst and toughest sail we have done while aboard Melody. We arrived in SXM after 30 awful hours and couldn't have been more relieved. We anchored outside the lagoon and with the interior of Melody looking like a rubbish dump we headed to land for a well deserved hot shower and dinner at the yacht club. It was a terrible first journey for Janneman and Robyn and we are incredibly proud and impressed at how well they handled the trip. Hopefully we won't have any more like that.
We spent two days in St Maarten. Wilhelm and I spent the first day doing some admin while Janneman and Robyn went on to explore Phillipsburg. The following day we all made a great team effort and hit a few things on the to-do-list that needed to be sorted out on old Melodious. To celebrate our good work we went to Sunset beach bar at the airport to have a look at the planes landing. The season has slowed down somewhat and unfortunately we missed the big planes but we did witness a DHL plane make a fantastic landing in a thunderstorm.
On Saturday we left St Maarten and after having been there on and off for the last three months and forming a love-hate relationship with the place, it was a little sad saying goodbye to our somewhat Caribbean home. On our way to Ile Fourchue, a small uninhabited island off St Barths, Wil and I hit the 7000nm mark, the distance we've travelled together aboard Melody since leaving South Africa. It was awesome being able to share this accomplishment with friends and we had a mini celebration while underway to the Island.
Up next...Gustavia, St Barths.