Caribbean Adventures Part TWO!

Martinique and Beyond

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).

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Team Banyan – always give us an hour head start and yet still they catch us!

what else can be said?

what else can be said?

view of Rodney Bay

view of Rodney Bay

Morne Pavillion

Morne Pavillion

Cap Estate, St. Lucia...looking to Martinique

Cap Estate, St. Lucia…looking to Martinique

the ever photogenic and magnificent Pitons

the ever photogenic and magnificent Pitons

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.

OMG... this is us at sea..through the Bequia Blast

OMG… this is us at sea..through the Bequia Blast

Bequia or bust

Bequia or bust

 

getting closer all the time as hurrican season approaches

getting closer all the time as hurrican season approaches

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.

chatting with the passionate, resourceful and determined Brother King at the Turtle Sanctuary

chatting with the passionate, resourceful and determined Brother King at the Turtle Sanctuary

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One of Brother King’s special friends

little guys - 10 months

little guys – 10 months

atop of Peggy's Rock (twice)

atop of Peggy’s Rock (twice)

the gang at the top....

the gang at the top…. with s/v Notre Vie, Slow Waltz and Banyan crews

and thanks to Guillame we finally found the other way down

finally arriving in Lower Bay

the long walk home down Princess Margaret Beach

the long walk home down Princess Margaret Beach

Arts & Crafts 101 - team calabash cleaning

Arts & Crafts 101 – team calabash cleaning

snorkelling in the bay

snorkelling in the bay

at anchor in Admirality Bay

at anchor in Admirality Bay

the reigning Wizard king

the reigning Wizard king

The rest of the Fig Tree came down this year.  A local artist creates a story.

The rest of the Fig Tree came down this year. A local artist creates a story.

arrrrrrrrrrr

arrrrrrrrrrr

lots of adventuring leads to lots of laundry

much adventuring leads to much laundry

farewell to Bequia for the season

farewell to Bequia for the season

 

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.

the Tobago Cays

the Tobago Cays

snorkelling with the turtles, rays and fishes

snorkelling with the turtles, rays and fishes

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Saltwhistle Bay, Mayreau

Petite Tabeau

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fun and games in the afternoon

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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!

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Saltwhistle Bay

an afternoon of chilling and bobbing

an afternoon of chilling and bobbing

morning yoga at the bar

morning yoga at the bar with Dave & Alex (Banyan), Gwen (Slow Waltz) and Dianne (Seranada)

a view east to the Cays

a view east to the Cays

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hiking (in the heat) on the windward side of Mayreau – nature unspoiled

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.

Petite St. Vincent, private island resort

Petite St. Vincent, private island resort

Regatta at Petite Martinique

Regatta at Petite Martinique

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morning yoga in our own beachside studio

morning yoga in our own beachside studio with Dave & Alex

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.

Happy Island

Happy Island

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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.

 

As Chris said, "a screen saver worthy" location

As Chris said, “a screen saver worthy” location

leaving Sandy Island behind for another season and heading to Tyrrel Bay

leaving Sandy Island behind for another season and heading to Tyrrel Bay

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.

L'Esterre beach

L’Esterre beach

a great little hang out

a great little hang out

and thanks to "Safety Dave" who always keeps our adventuring safe

and thanks to “Safety Dave” who always keeps our adventuring safe

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Comments on: "Martinique and Beyond" (3)

  1. Wayne .Caswell said:

    We loved seeing the places we sailed as well as the new ones you sailed!!!

  2. living your dream we are very happy for you. Glad you have Dave to keep you in line and safe

  3. Lorne Fujimoto said:

    As usual, great pictures & updates. Glad to see the “Wizard King” is looking so wonderful! Our one year flood anniversary is tomorrow but it seems we will be OK…

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