There are currently just four yachts other than Eileen of Avoca anchored off Saint Laurent du Maroni. Two aren’t all that seaworthy and the owners of the remainder have apparently settled in for the long haul (they’ve been living aboard in the same spot for years)!
So with new services (marina phase I) in the works, I guess it’s time to do something about attracting the active cruising community. Not so easy when you consider that there’s hardly a mention of Saint Laurent du Maroni in the sailing literature or even on the Internet for that matter.
Mind you, noonsite has recently updated its listing and Sail The World (the Standard & Poor’s of the French sailing community) may be forced to upgrade its marina rating (currently CCB) once the word gets out!
The security rating is particularly harsh given that the Gendarmerie regularly patrol the area ( I can report that there have been no thefts in the time I have been here), and I certainly don’t see how a free anchorage could have attracted a C rating…
For your web browsing pleasure, I’ve collated some web links to fill the information void:
First up, the official web site for Saint Laurent du Maroni:
Run through the translator it even starts to make sense:
More importantly (for sailors of course), what’s the weather like today?
And how’s the provisioning (for like-minded souls who also regularly think with their stomach)?
For the virtual tourist voyeurs, here are some photos of the place that I didn’t take:
And for the budding botanist, a video of the local flora.
Well, I guess it’s a start… More soon, of course…