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Jan 22, 2015 - Ile Fourchue to Tintamarre

Thursday, January 22 -- Ile Fourchue to Tintamarre We were lazy today. While waiting for the wind to pick up a little, we couldn't decide whether to snorkel or not before leaving Ile Fourchue. We chatted, read, did puzzles and washed down the deck. Now I wish I had snorkeled again in this spot. By 9:45 we thought the wind might be strong enough to sail. We were wrong. As much as we tried different courses and sail positions only light gusts occasionally filled the limp sails. After drifting until about 11:00 we started the motor, dropped...

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Jan 11, 2015 - Exploring Orient Beach again

Sunday, January 11th -- Exploring Orient Bay again Today we had planned to find Happy Bay on the Caribbean side of the island to try the snorkeling there, then we remembered that we were meeting friends for dinner at 18:00 and would have to ride a bus and then walk to the restaurant, Big Fish, in Oyster Pond. Riding buses and walking to Happy Bay would be too much bus riding for one day. Instead we walked past the nude beach again to the south end of the beach. For these wind and wave conditions this was the best part of the beach, with...

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Jan 10, 2015 - Relaxing at Orient Bay

Saturday, January 10th -- Hanging out on Orient Beach Today's goal was to get used to more sun, wind and water. A tough assignment, I know, but it had to be done to enjoy the sailing next week. The Saturday Orient Beach was busier much earlier than on the weekdays, with lots of kite surfers, windsurfers, jet skiers, etc. We even saw someone trying out a pair of hover boots that used jets of water to suspend the wearer above the water. We only swam today. It was still too rough at the north end of the beach to snorkel. This beach is not...

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Jan 9, 2015 - Orient Bay, St. Martin

Friday, January 9th -- Orient Bay, St. Martin The cereal mixture Hubby cooked for breakfast -- bulgur wheat, toasted soy beans and quinoa -- was not what we were accustomed to but satisfying when paired with a cup of Chai tea. After suiting up for snorkeling (rashguard shirts and plenty of sunblock), we walked the short distance to the beach and then along the water's edge to the north end where some rocks seemed promising. The waves were rough, churning lots of seaweed up onto the sand. We didn't even want to attempt snorkeling here, so...

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