May 16 – June 12
Leaving the Island of much adventuring (Dominica) behind we headed to the lovely French island of Martinique to do some last provisioning of French goodies for the season. Cheese, pate, chocolate, champagne and biscuits loaded we continued our journey south to St.Lucia. Amoray got a much needed two days at the spa in Rodney Bay Marina. After being cleaned, sorted, scrubbed and polished we still had some time for some small adventures in the bay while we waited for the winds and seas to calm. We continue to travel and adventure with great friends, Dave & Alex on s/v Banyan so there is never a dull moment (or hill unclimbed).
A boisterous and lively 9 1/2hr romp finishing with the Bequia Blast and we were once more in one of our favorite places, Bequia. Kenmore the crazy photographer that we have heard and read about appeared from the sea near the last of the blast for some great photos. Expensive to purchase, but it was worth it to capture the moments from the sea.
Our land based activities continued to be a ‘blast’ also. We met up with new and old friends and did much exploring, including Peggy’s rock twice more. With thanks to Guillame for finally discovering the path down the front face returning to Lower bay. Yoga, turtles, calabash cleaning, wizard showdowns, roti comparisons, reading club, Firefly fancy drinks, blowhole, there was little we didn’t explore on Bequa.
And finally we tore ourselves away and had a great sail to the Tobago Cays. And for once, we didn’t encounter any uglies off of Canouan which was truly something to celebrate. We almost had dinner, one fish that got away and one ‘phantom’ fish that we suspect was just a huge clump of the nasty Sargasso seaweed that covered much of the area. The Cays were once again picture perfect and in our snorkelling forays we were amongst many turtles and rays. We spent an afternoon visiting and card playing on the incredible beach at Petite Bateau and then headed around the corner to Mayreau in the morning.
Mayreau’s beach was perfect for bobbing the next afternoon away but the anchorage lived up to its history of being rolly (nowhere near the 10 which earned its it ranking on past stops) but enough that we decided to up anchor after morning yoga and head to Saline Bay.. Our afternoon adventure included a hike on the windward side and funny enough we ended up at Saltwhistle Bay by land!
Another rolly night, so after ‘table yoga’ we headed to Petite St.Vincent…. And since it was “Whitmonday” holiday here we stayed for a couple of nights. We explored all of PSV that ‘non guests’ are allowed (which isn’t much) and had a fun afternoon over on Petite Martinique watching some of the regatta events; however we didn’t stay for the advertised “Wet Fete” that evening, much to the boys disappointment.
Clifton Harbor, Union Island was our next port of call. Sadly Happy Island was closed but we enjoyed his patio and our own refreshments while we watched the amazing kite boarders zooming by.
Glen vetos the morning hike so after yoga, we make a quick shore stop to get some veggies, check out and set sail for Carriacou. Check in, a few more provisions at Hillsborough before dropping the hook at our favorite, Sandy Island.
And now, we will hang about in Tyrrel Bay, Carriacou for a while. We are hauling out for 5 days to have the bottom painted and have everything checked out.