Putting the students to work…

Little house on the Maroni...  Almost sounds like an old TV series

Little house on the Maroni… Almost sounds like an old TV series

Back in Saint Laurent du Maroni, it was time to finalize plans for the construction of the marina’s club house / bar restaurant…

Meeting with technical college directors, it was decided to put the task to the students in the form of a design competition. Several colleges will be involved and the winning design (judged by yours truly, the mayor’s department and town planner), will be the one that I build… Err… That they build….

Yes, not only will the technical college students design the marina, they will be put to work building it!

My part will be the construction of the jetty upon which everything else will stand.

Perusing the visitors book in the tourist office opposite Saint Laurent's anchorage

Perusing the visitors book in the tourist office opposite Saint Laurent’s anchorage

But all this will take time, and can only be undertaken during a scholastic year. So in the interim I’m concentrating on the first rally. No point having all this infrastructure if there are no¬† real sailors to make use of it…

The fish at hte entrance to the Maroni River literally jump into your boat...

The fish at the entrance to the Maroni River literally jump into your boat…

So I spend my free time fishing…

The Saint Laurent du Maroni sailing club is back in action!

The Saint Laurent du Maroni sailing club is back in action!

while watching the next generation of sailors hone their skills….

Next stop, Trinidad and Tobago for more boat maintenance and rally preparation.