The facilities at Port Louis, Grenada,  are exceptional so we intend to live there for six months from the 1st of June. The marina is on the main bus route around the island; dinghy ride from the capital city and the shops plus the staff are amazing.

Replacing the new heat exchanger took longer than expected because the brackets supplied were not the same as the fitting for the engine. No problem though we just used the old ones. We “high fived” when we completed. We’d done it all on our own. The rest of the time we cleaned the boat and chilled out with our OWR friends. Good news of the week is that Jaz joins us in Guadeloupe on Monday and our good friends, Jackie and Mike are visiting us in June.

After a week in port we set off north to Guadeloupe to meet Jaz from her plane on Monday evening. We have already reported that en route we completed our circumnavigation. More good news was that our home rugby team, Exeter Chiefs, beat Northampton Saints 15:8 to win the LV cup, the club’s first major silverware in it’s history.

We arrived early Monday morning in a bay off Deshaies village, Guadeloupe, and after checking in on the internet celebrated ashore with a leisurely lunch. A very excited daughter and Mum were reunited that evening and once again we celebrated on board.

The following day we chilled with swimming, exploring the village and enjoying a tasty supper ashore. That evening the wind picked up but the following morning it didn’t deter a couple of dolphins and a turtle gliding past.

By the 19th it was time to move on to a calmer anchorage so we set sail 35nm south to the stunning Ile de Saintes. We gently anchored in Petit Anse, Terre de Haut, in a less crowded anchorage. Over the following two days we swam, snorkeled, walked and explored the quaint village, once again partaking of the local fare.

The decision was made to move on to Marigot Bay, St. Lucia. This involved an overnight sail, not wholly popular but necessary. The sail was lively and bouncy particularly in the wind acceleration zones between the islands. Memories of sailing in the Canaries came flooding back.

We arrived in Marigot Bay at 07.00 hours under a heavy sky and were greeted by St. Jacques who helped us moor up. Within the hour we had Bocky selling us fruit and vegetables from his brightly coloured boat.

Whilst in Marigot Bay we enjoyed time with our friends from Pearl of Persia, Serendipity, Pandemonium and Dreams. We supped on boats and also at one of our all time favourite restaurants, The Rainforest Hideaway.

For our final journey back to Antigua we decided on another stopover at Ile de Saintes. During our stay we celebrated Lorraine’s birthday with a typical OWR booking at the restaurant. Initially booking for twelve, more and more boats arrived and we ended up with a party of twenty-eight. We danced until the small hours finishing off on Mariela, dancing on their aft deck until 03.30.

We enjoyed a very pleasant final sail, making very good time to Falmouth Harbour, Antigua. We had arrived in good time for the OWR finale party and the Oyster circumnavigation presentation.

The Oyster presentation event was an emotional occasion and there was barely a dry eye in the house. Amelie was presented with her silver Armada plate and a personalised world chart which now hangs in pride of place in the saloon.

The evening’s event was celebrated with most of the boats, presenting ditties or songs or whatever was their particular talent. Crazy Daisy had also put together a video presentation with the yachts contributing adaptations of “We didn’t start the fire”. The evening was finished off in Abracadabras and with no sleep, Jaz and Debbie flew to Guadeloupe to meet Jaz’s flight home to the UK. Thirteen hours in an airport with limited food choices and nothing to do was grim but allowed us to party until the bitter end.

The OWR has now seen it’s course and Amelie and her crew look forward to doing it all over again very, very slowly.

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The second week of our passage from Salvador to Grenada, was dominated by 200nm days. The wind, sea state and currents were in our favour. We ate up the miles, sailing on the tilt most of the time, averaging 9-10 knots, which is very fast for Amelie.

The sailing is exciting and not scary at all. Stephen is in his element. With the issues affecting Amelie and her crew, this has tainted the sailing for Debbie. as Stephen says, it’s “boys’ sailing” - very little washing, the galley sink piling up, sweaty bedlinen, coffee grounds everywhere and cigar ash all over the cockpit. At times this has made life miserable for Debbie, being the cleanliness fiend, she is, but she mostly keeps a positive demeanor. Emailing her friends and kids back home has helped enormously. Once we touch land in Grenada, we will have ‘Hollywood Showers’, pre-wash and boil wash the bedlinen, ventilate the cabins and spring clean Amelie inside and out and enjoy a champagne celebratory meal ashore.

Sometime between midnight and 03.00hours local time, Amelie tied the knot and crossed the point on the chart where we had been on the 20th January 2013. Stephen and Debbie have now circumnavigated the world.

All pretty quick but next time much slower.

The feeling is indescribable. What a team, what an achievement and our life's dream has been fulfilled.From a Happy Amelie and Crew.


Leaving Salvador, Brazil under a darkened, stormy sky, Amelie ventured out into All Saints' Bay. Our two week stay barely touched the surface of exploring Salvador and beyond. Unfortunately, waiting around for parts for the generator which never materialised is common in Brazil but it is also the nature of sailing around the world in a complicated machine. Another visit is a must and with more time on our return journey, we will do Southern Brazil justice.