All went well after that and after a short sail we anchored just off Gros Islet, Rodney Bay. Nemo anchored nearby. Soon after our arrival a small boat adorned with flags of every nationality on a square frame to keep out the weather, very windy here, sided up to us. It was a fruit stall again. We bought some of the worst limes we had ever seen at a top whack price. When the guy returned on subsequent days we hid downstairs and didn't respond but he went away on a bee line for newly arrived yachts.
Rodney Bay is pretty huge and very windy, which keeps you cool. Our anchor dragged until it set, as did everyone else's. On a snorkeling inspection we could see our anchor caught on dead coral, just a few inches dug in. Other anchors were the same. During the couple of weeks that we stayed, we didn't drag anchor but if we return here we will anchor at the south of the bay.
It is a long dinghy ride across the bay, up the channel to the marina, where there is a dinghy dock, fuel, water, mini mart, cafes, restaurants and Island World chandelry. The marina had many charter boats but we did not get the impression of a busy place. We found good wifi and pizza at Elenas and found a bigger supermarket across the main road. There are a couple of shopping malls over the other side of the marina basin where we dinghied over, however the shops seemed to be catering strictly for tourists, including Massy Cuissine Supermarket where you can buy English delicassies such as HP sauce and Heinz baked beans at gormet prices HoHo!
After a few days Nemo set off to Martinique and we stayed for a couple of weeks, as I said due to the trapped nerve in my back that was very slow to mend, dispite ibuprofen, plenty of swimming and lots of gentle movement. I was ready to leave with my back 70% improved. The anchor came up easily and we headed for Le Marin, Martinique to catch up with Nemo.