Tuesday, February 01, 2011

Departure day for St. Eustatius; Arita departed about one hour before me, and by the time I'd left the sanctuary at Colombier they were no longer in sight. I thought I saw their sails but it was a boat heading in a different direction, many degrees off the planned path. The wind was 15-20 knots constant, usually closer to 20 and with both sails set and course for the east end of Statia set I was doing over 7 knots all of the time, most of the time over 8 knots. It was a fast and comfortable sail yet Arita, who had sailed around the leeward end of Statia, still beat me to the anchorage. The port captain had asked Arita to anchor and then asked them to move further away from the dock, so both of use were in 20 feet of water but far enough away from the dock (and breakwater) to catch a bit of swell.

We cleared in at the dock and then proceeded to explore the island, walking up the old Slave Road to the top of the bluffs and sightseeing at the old fort, the old Catholic and Jewish churches and otherwise just walking around Oranjested. While the country doesn't have facilities for yachts, it is wonderfully well kept and clean; plus they have put up descriptive signs at many if not all of the old ruins and attractions from years gone by.

We tried to find a place to rent a car or scooter but despite the city seeming empty of tourists there were none to be had. Rob had spoken with xxx at the tourist office and he'd arranged some mopeds for us that we picked up in the late afternoon. With these we could make it to the trail head for the hike up to the caldera of The Quill the next morning without tiring ourselves out before getting there.

Dolphin at sea Dolphin at sea
Dolphin at sea
Statia under the boom Statia under the boom

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Statia under the boom
The Quill seen from below The Quill on Statia is a recent dormant volcano that Lauren, Rob and I climbed a couple of days after this picture was taken.

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The Quill seen from below
Statia's White Wall Statia's White Wall

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Statia's White Wall
Bottom of the Slave Path The bottom of the steep path up the bluffs on the coastline of Statia where the slaves would take their first steps on shore after a long passage across the Atlantic.

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Bottom of the Slave Path
Top of the Slave Path Looking down the Slave Path on Statia with the island of Saba in the distance.

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Top of the Slave Path
First Salute marker First Salute marker

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First Salute marker
Fort Oranje looking at Sabe Fort Oranje looking at Sabe

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Fort Oranje looking at Sabe
Ruins on Statia The partially restored ruins of the First Dutch Reformed Church on Statia.

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Ruins on Statia
Statia Synagogue Statia Synagogue

[17°28'54.58"N 62°59'7.12"W (facing E)]
Statia Synagogue
Statia Parrot The small package packs an amazing amount of decibels - even more noise per gram body weight than an upset baby.

[17°28'52.37"N 62°59'5.26"W (facing E)]
Statia Parrot

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