Checked OUT of Antigua...
25 April 2011 | Jolly Harbor and 5 Isles!!!
We were scared! Our friends told us that it would be easier to clear out in Jolly Harbor, unless you get the Dragon Lady! Articles were written about her in the Compass (Caribbean's Monthly Look @ Sea and Shore) and the horrible way she has treated a bunch of cruisers!
We left the comfort of 5 Islands harbor at about 9a, motored around the wee, rocky obstacles and arrived at the Jolly Harbor Marina fuel dock for water and some mercy! We are hoping one: we don't have bring Altair to the dock to clear out...2 times going to a dock is 2 too many! You are supposed to call and they will tell you whether or not they want you at their dock! (We really think they just don't have the energy). Ollie, the guy at the fuel dock said we could pull over to a dock close by and easy, like that part! We got rid of the garbage, provisioned (bad idea when you're hungry) and when we got back to Altair Dudley took the dink over to ask Ollie if we could leave the boat for another 1/2 hour. He told Dudley that the Customs and Immigration officers were leaving, "Hurry"...I didn't have time to get the cold stuff put away before we sped off to the customs dock.
Bottom Line, Leona, Port Authority officer (who we think is the dragon lady) was verrrrrrry nice, especially when she saw we are from Miami, she is too! She would not stop talking about Miami, her son lives in our town, and we had to stop her from searching her personal address book for her son's address. The guy in the customs office was patient, This IS Easter Monday, a holiday! Great...the three girls in Immigration were sad it was Easter and they had to work today, but "no, they are never closed....8-6, 365 days a year"...we're exhausted.
We came back here to 5 Islands Harbor so it will be a strait shot out the harbor @ 10-11p when we plan to leave and sail due West.
Nevis is our destination and we plan to be there about 8a!
The locals are testing the guests at the resort where we are getting the free wifi! The music is loud, the energy is good and I think it's testing Dudley too!
Happy Easter, Still!