1 February, 2018: A 20 minute dinghy ride round the corner from Le Marin is the anchorage of St Anne’s, and as soon as we were done with practical boat chores in the marina we legged it to the anchorage, joining our friends PELIZENO. It was a huge relief. The wonderful open cockpit makes LA CIGALE a naturally welcoming party boat, which has been a huge gift on this journey, but the flip-side is that when docked in a marina, it invites inspection from every passing stranger wanting to have a nose. As a result life in harbour can often feel like living in a goldfish bowl, unless you are moored on the end of pontoon, as often happens with a wider catamaran, or if your are moored among a group of friends, as we were in ARC at the beginning and end of the Atlantic Rally, on the fabled Pontoon S in Las Palmas, and then in Rodney Bay.
The anchorage at St Anne’s has at least a hundred boats, but it never feels cramped, and the water is inviting for swimming off the back of the boat. The beach is a short five minute dingy ride, as is the town, a village with a number of bars, creperies, the odd boutique and the stunning namesake church at the centre in the square. It was here that I began a month of exercise for February, both a 30 day app and a yoga challenge over on Instagram, in a bid to get circus(navigating) fit. Isabelle and Catherine would joined in the more balletic movements and while Francis would do his exercises to keep his plantar fasciitis in check, and a few press ups for good measure Rising every morning to the most beautiful view and stretching out the day ahead certainly did us all the power of good, and while I’m not sure if there was any improvement to my yoga wheel, by the end of the month my body was definitely in a different space… San Blas!