|5 Islands Jolly Harbour Antigua|
Leaving Dominica we sailed into our first storm, up to 50kns with wind behind us, what an exhilarating day. WYUNA creaked and our adrenalin was pumping as she handled the windforce with speed and comfort. In the French West Indies islands we unwound and took in the small fishing tourist village, of Borg des Saintes. Wandering the dry, steep hills to Fort Napoleon got the heart rate going.
|Kalinago Carib Village Guadeloupe|
If yachties ever drool over boats it's here, our jaws dropped coming into Falmouth & English Harbours, the home of the Antigua Classic and Major Race weeks in April. A must it seems for all dedicated classic yacht masters and million plus wealthy tycoons with tax havens.
|Les Saints Guadeloupe|
Strolling we saw old cottages and a huge stone fort , Fort Napoleon's, with moat and all (who knows why this tiny place must be guarded from invasion). Walking up hills in 27deg. we met goats, iguana's, got baked skin, and resorted to cold cones of Caribbean ice cream (pastiche, creme de coco, guava, lime ...) and watching the day trippers and fishing boats laze away the day.
Only trouble is we then must get steadily into the dingy on the dock, turn on the head torch and outboard to find our bed. The best way to work it off, a must for all guests, is the nightly 300 turns of the winch (no electric winch on this cat) to raise the dingy on WYUNA's stern. Bruce does the first 150 and l do the 2nd easier load.
What a relief to know we are liked by long term mono hull cruisers. They jibe us about doing it soft with a water maker,ice maker,dining table for 8, 2 motors and yes- must admit a washing machine (a big change from bucket washing or laundries ashore)! We can live a social life boat hopping at sunset!
Our sailmates run a daily Magnet HF check-in at 9am on weather, positions etc to keep in touch with friends and plans to meet along the way- so WYUNA is a new community member. The one unspoken condition is "help out others in ways you like them to give a hand and be aware you may need a rescue one day"!
|50 Knots off Guadeloupe|
Arriving in Pigeon Island anchorage our friends warned us it was blowing 40kns on anchor so we made for a safe anchorage and stayed in for the night. Must say The Wire TV series 1 has us hooked on quiet nights.
|Gina Steve & Carol with Jack under water|
NO reef or gummy sharks to be seen and sorry to say few dolphins in the Caribbean Sea.
|Bus stop St Johns Antigua|
The Pt is a bustling city,. huge Cruise berth next to the main street. A place to find out if you can take WYUNA under a bridge, between 2 main islands of Guadeloupe, to get to the white sand havens of the south east beaches on our return south in May.
|Nelsons Dockyard English Harbour Antigua|
|Falmouth Harbour Antigua|
|Gina & Tony Diving Barbuda|
We took a heavenly sail to a beautiful secret sand cay (to be named next blog) last weekend for a quiet escape from mega yacht city and to meet up with atlantic cruisers, Tony an aussie on a cat (Tactical Directions) and Alan & Jean ( Tuatara NZ) mates who are like long lost buddies, with intriguing sail stories and warm hospitality for us new cruisers.
|Bruce Tony Alan & Jean on Tuatara|
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Have a fun Easter break
Bruce and Gina