You may be wondering, what do I pack besides shorts, t-shirts and swimsuits for a Caribbean sailing adventure? Take a peek at what I’ve assembled here. I have cards, an inverter, mask and snorkel, passport, clothespins, waterproof camera, IPod and portable speakers, phone charger, waterproof bags, a book, a notebook computer, a marine band radio, and more! And all of it all fits neatly inside my backpack, which is another essential to take on sailing trips because I use it when I go ashore. It holds much more than a purse, and my hands are free to carry more!
I took this photo of Princess Juliana International Airport (SXM) from above, as we left St. Maartin last May. I’ve heard this is one of the scariest airports in the world. The runway seems a tad too short to handle jumbo jets, yet they do fly in and out of this airport! To meet changing international and local regulations a 150-metre (490 ft) safety extension was required. Despite the reputed difficulties in approach, there have been no records of major incidents at the airport.
Also, planes come in for a landing really low over Maho Beach (Maho is the beach at the lower left of the photo, at the end of the runway). Some people find it fun (although incredibly dangerous) to line the fence at the end of the runway at Maho Beach– when planes take off they are washed with jet blast. Does that sound like fun? Not to ME!!
On the other hand, when we landed and walked into the airport terminal, we were greeted by a live steel band. What a pleasant welcome to St. Maartin! No wonder it’s called the “friendly island!”
This photo was taken in the Leeward Islands last May. We had just completed a week-long sail around St. Martin and St. Barths and had spent our last night at Captain Oliver’s Resort on Oyster Pond. I walked down to their beach and snapped this shot of the swimming area, the steps/dock and the raft which was inviting me to swim to it.
Beyond, however, was the open ocean and the tiny island of Molly Baday, raising a hundred feet off the sea about two miles southeast of the opening to Oyster Pond. Fortuitously I lined up the dock and the raft to point you to beyond…