After exhausting every possible excitement that Barbados had to offer, or at least feeling that way, the Pelican finally had the go ahead to sail for St Lucia, the island that most of us felt we aught to have spent more of our time at.
As the final day approached, Edward and I prepared to leave the Pelican, changing ships to join Desiderata when she returned for the round the island race and the crew worked very hard to get the ship ready for sea again. Re stowing everything in a suitable position and restitching the seams on the stay sail which were suffering due to UV damage and rubbing on the stay, in total it was esitmated that we stitched around 18m of seams which is no mean feat, taking at least two people at any one time, a palm, a pliers and a lot of brute force.
Going ashore for the last time two days before the ship left (we were on duty on the last day) we got a phone call from Stuart saying that they had broken their prop shaft bearing and would be stuck in Grenada for a while and were not likely to come back to Barbados as they had only been planning on heading there for the round the island race. During the 3 minute conversation we managed to pick this up and let them know that we would head over to St Lucia on the boat, giving them a few days to have a mechanic over to look at the bearing and give them a time frame.
They ended up having to order a part in and it was decided that we would stay on board Pelican for the Island Hopping trip to help them out with extra crew (they were a little thin on the ground) and give Desiderata time to work out what their plans were.
Leaving Barbados soon after breakfast we arrived in St Lucia the next day, anchoring in Rodney Bay and clearing through customs and imigration, which as ever took hours. We were anchored near to pigeon island one of my favourite places, we went over and hiked up the hill to get a view of the bay.
And then sat in the rum shack relaxing with a glass of ‘Crystal Lime and Sprite’ which seems to be quickly becoming the ships favourite drink… After chilling out and all updating our statuses with reference to the joys of being on a different island we ended the afternoon heading back on the 5 o’clock rib looking forward to what this new island would have in store for us.