When a tropical disturbance resulted in a tropical wave and northerly swell thus forcing us to change our passage plan, we headed for St Barthelemy. We spent two nights in a secluded bay called Anse de Columbier which is only accessible by boat or a hike from the Atlantic Ocean seaside town of Flamands. After enjoying the hike into Flamands, walks on the beautiful white sandy beaches and a BBQ on Paw Paw under a beautiful full moon, we headed for the "city lights" - Gustavia, to enjoy cocktails dockside.
After a 7 hour delay, we eventually arrived late into the night at Oyster Pond, St Martin and met Paw Paw. Given our late arrival, the staff at the base had left us a map of the docks. We were wandering around trying to find her, when I spotted a rather large, impressive looking yacht and stopped to admire her for a moment, with a fleeting thought of - "yeez, that a huge yacht" and then moved on, turning my attention back to the matter at hand. Moments later Roy was shouting to me, letting me know he'd found her. I turned around and there he was, pointing to that same rather large, impressive looking yacht I'd just dismissed - That was Paw Paw!!! My first reaction was one of complete disbelieve, which quickly turned to delight. Seeing her for the first time is a moment imprinted in my memory; to be remembered indeed!!!
After a good night sleep, some freshly baked Pain Chocolat and Coffee for breakfast, we attended the debrief session previously planned, did some provisioning at the local French store and spent a great afternoon sailing with the skipper we'd hired to famaliarize ourselves with Paw Paw. After returning to the base, with Paw Paw secured for the night and the sun setting behind the mountains, we cracked open the bottle of champagne to officially christen the newest addition to our family - One we know will keep us safe in all our future travels aboard her.