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FINALLY we were ready to leave Trinidad! With Wil's Dutch Visa acquired we got our things together and headed for Grenada the following day. The sail up was exhausting as usual and when we arrived in Prickly Bay in the morning we passed out for the day. It was great to meet up with Ricardo, Maite, Rodrigo and Deigo and spending the day together at the beach, on Soba for an awesome lunch and then onto the marina for some yummy pizzas. On our way to the have pizza we spotted an old wind vane (a self steering mechanism that uses the wind) lying around behind the Marina office and managed to pick it for a measly $100! Being blue it even matched old Melodious  -  Luck was definitely on our side.  Ecstatic, we began fitting it on immediately with only a couple of minor issues and extending our departure by a day. Excited to see if our new crew member (the wind vane which we called 'Rufus') actually worked, we said good bye to our friends from Soba and headed North.  The wind was right on our nose and to our delight 'Rufus' (the wind vane) did a spectacular job at steering the boat all the way to Montserrat  -  We weren't quite sure what to do with ourselves since we didn't have to touch the helm for 3 days! Sailing old Melodious just became a whole lot more fun - happy days!

In Montserrat we found a beautiful anchorage with visibility to the bottom and only two other boats around us,  a rarity in the Caribbean. We promptly organised to go on a tour in the south of the island, home to the Soufriere Hills volcano and the Exclusion Zone that is closed to the general public. The volcano has been active since 1995 and in 1997 Plymouth, the old capital, was abandoned. Seeing the devastation that has been caused by the many eruptions was an eerie experience and yet another glimpse into natures  power. We spent our remaining time snorkelling in the incredible reef in the bay and managed to catch a couple of fish for dinner. Having spent a few days taking it easy on the peaceful island we packed up and took on the final stretch North.

We knew we had arrived in St Maarten when we were suddenly surrounded by numerous super yachts while we waited our turn to go through the Simpson Bay bridge. It was a great feeling finally going through and being cheered on by the patrons of the yacht club. Settling in on our anchorage in the lagoon we celebrated our arrival with a couple of beers and a steak braai...mmm...meat. We spent the rest of the week investigating the various Marinas for possible slips for the two boats we would be working on, inspecting the super markets in the area and enjoying the last couple of days of relaxing. What a hard life.

Viv