We want to say Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all our friends and family back home. It will be a different holiday season being so far away, but you are always in our thoughts and hearts.
We hope you enjoy the update of our recent travels.
After a week of exploring Bequia we had a great sail to Mustique. Mustique is a privately owned island with residences for the rich and famous. Most of the island is undeveloped and proved to be great hiking grounds. We never did come across any of the famous folk, but land tortoises, stunning bays, cactus fields and incredible beaches. Renowned for being a wide open “rolly anchorage” it lived up to its name and we ended up only staying for 2 of the 3 paid days. Because it is a private island they can set their own rules…and the rules say you pay $200EC ($80USD) for 3 nights on a mooring ball, whether you stay or not! So… the first night is $200 and the others, if you can suffer the roll, are free!
Throughout the island there are numerous picnic areas which can be reserved. We came across two that had wonderful beach volleyball courts so we are hoping to organize a May Tournament when friends start heading south again.
After leaving Mustique we had a brief stop in the Tobago Cays. This is a phenomenal marine preserve area that we loved on the way down. Unfortunately this time we arrived to two days of storm, rain and 36knot gusty winds… so other than chilling on our boat and visiting with friends we didn’t spend any time ashore. The Tobago Cays are on the windward side (just a reef between you and Africa) so it gets quite howly. A quick window of opportunity arose so we decided to head further south to Union Island with an hour stop at the island of Canouan to case the joint for Rob’s arrival. Another great sail and we arrived in Clifton Harbor, which is not a really anchor friendly harbor. Clifton itself is a delightful town unfortunately the boat boys, unsanctioned mooring balls and reef in the middle make it a little challenging to settle in comfortably. We ‘found’ a spot, of course, a boat boy insisted he helped so we had to pay our obligatory $25EC. After a brief walk about in town we returned to the boat and Glen decides we are a little too close to the tall ship behind us so we decided to re-anchor a little further in. After several attempts everything goes to pieces as I am hauling up the anchor and things don’t sound right. It appears we have ‘caught’ an old mooring block. Needless to say tension is high as I go for help in the dinghy and Glen continues to try and maneuver the boat in the tight spaces between boats. I get back on board and a neighbor helps at the anchor, where it turns out we have attached to an old fish trap. Once free we re-anchor and all appears to be well. The winds continued to howl and gust all night so about 3am when we peeked out we are now concerned about our nearness to the boat off our stern on the other side. So we made coffee, read books and monitored our position until 5am when things started to settle and we hit the sack for a nap. In the morning we let out a little more chain, settled in and the remainder of our stay proves uneventful. We love Union Island and Clifton town but the whole harbor area needs to be addressed to make it more yacht friendly if they want to continue to develop it as a destination. On land we attempted to hike Pinnacle Rock….despite our newly purchased cutlass, the path remained elusive and we never did find the trail to the top….. so close….
From Union we headed (illegally) to Petite Martinique for an hour– which is actually part of Grenada – for water and to check out the shops. A mere 20 minute motor found us at Petite St. Vincent. This is another private island with an exclusive resort that takes up the island. ‘Visitors’ are allowed at the beach bar, boutique and may walk on the shoreline (to the high water mark) so we made sure to all of these‼
From PSV we decided to head back to Bequia. We encountered a bit of everything from washing machine seas, to howly gusts to great sailing to ending with absolutely no wind 6nm south of Bequia. It felt a little like homecoming as we looked over to see friends anchoring at the same time on their return from the south.
We fell back into our routine in Bequia with onshore morning workouts, followed by boat chores, chilling and visiting in the afternoon. After cleaning, scrubbing and putting up a few Christmas decorations we are looking forward to company for the holidays.
Eleven months aboard Amoray life is good and we are looking forward to more adventures asea in 2013‼
Hope you enjoy the photo gallery of our recent adventures (the blog site has changed their photo uploading format and I can’t seem to sort and order them anymore so they are completely random!)