Our last port call of the cruise was Sint (saint) Maarten. Another island with generally same post Columbus history. Fought over by most of the Northern European countries it ended up as a Dutch colony Today it is an independent country that is a constituent country of the Kingdom of the Netherlands. The Dutch occupies the southern part of the island and the northern section is associated with the French. Sint Maarten is very popular with tourists from the Netherlands.
In this port, we decided to enjoy a coastal sail on a tall ship converted from a Dutch fishing trawler. Anneke was particularly looking forward to this trip because the ship's captain and some of the crew were Dutch. For many years sailing was our main hobby and it was great to be on this very nice sailing ship for part of our day.
The "Mercedes" spends the winters in the Caribbean and the summers in Northern Europe doing charters. The conversion to a modified tall ship was very well done and it was a pleasure to be onboard.
We sailed along the coast and enjoyed the views of shore. One of the attractions here is the airport with sits at the edge of the sea and the large planes arriving from around the world have to come in very low over the ocean. One of the big attractions is watching planes landing just over the beach. They sometimes get so close that they are blown back across the beach and sometimes into the ocean by the jet blast. As we sailed close to the beach, there were no large planes landing. I do not see the fun in it, but here you can see what it looks like.
We also sailed close by the current largest yacht in the world with the former largest yacht nearby.
We had a great time onboard talking with the Capt and crew and just being under sail again.
Before heading back to the ship, we did a quick walk thru the village and even picked up a couple of souvenirs.