I’ll admit it… Rebecca and I have been slacking off on our French lessons for the past couple of weeks. We were very consistent for 2 months or so, completing our lessons every day. The sessions got pretty tough though so perhaps that helped us to fall into this slump. We have still been thinking about it though and when faced with the opportunity here in Martinique, we have been doing our best to communicate in the local tongue.
One thing we have not fully been able to do it decipher the Coast Guard announcements that are routinely broadcast here only in French. It strikes us as very odd that the CG will go to the trouble to broadcast a security announcement but then do so only in French. It’s not like they don’t have someone at their office who can speak English because they do, as evidenced by the fact that they will repeat Mayday calls in both English and French. A security (Securité) broadcast is pretty important too though and it’s perplexing why they don’t consider them worthy of translation. Is that log floating out on the water only going to be a hazard to a French boat, or that navigation light that is out only going to affect local vessels? I guess we had better get back to practicing. That or get out of French waters.
We do intend to continue our travels south but unfortunately the weather isn’t really cooperating. With our next planned passage an overnighter to St. Vincent, we’d really like to have some settled weather. A forecast of twenty plus knots of wind with frequent squalls to 30-35 is not the kind of weather that makes us eager to leave our nice protected anchorage.