Altair's Cruz Nuz

cruising, vb, kroozing, working on your boat in exotic locations around the Caribbean....Dudley and Becca

25 October 2012 | Coconut Grove Sailing Club
25 September 2012 | Coconut Grove Sailing Club
28 July 2011 | Coconut Grove Sailing Club!
27 July 2011 | Key Biscayne, Florida
27 July 2011 | Stiltsville and Miami just across the Bay.
27 July 2011 | Gulf Stream...
27 July 2011 | Gulf Stream, Here we come!
26 July 2011 | Sweet and Very Special Bahamas...Goodbye...for now!
26 July 2011 | Honeymoon Harbor
26 July 2011 | Gun Cay's floral gifts!
26 July 2011 | The surf at Honeymoon Harbor!
26 July 2011 | Our last island wonderland...before the Concrete Jungle....
26 July 2011 | Gun Cay...Practicing walking on land...
26 July 2011 | Honeymoon Harbor...very cool!
26 July 2011 | Honeymoon Harbor
26 July 2011 | Honeymoon Harbor...We like it!
25 July 2011 | Honeymoon Harbor, Lee side of Gun Cay
25 July 2011 | Bimini, Our Beloved Bahamas!
25 July 2011 | A very Busy Honeymoon Harbor!
24 July 2011 | Bimini, Big Game Club Marina!

Grenada's Gonna Keep Us Busy!

14 July 2009 | Phare Blue Marina, A Delicous South Coast Spot!
Becca
Our plan was to rent a car and check out the south coast to see where we would tie up for all the work Altair needs. Just as predicted, the fun activites are non-stop and it's going to be hard to squeeze in the work projects. Danny, Port Louis Marina's Sales and Marketing genious, announed to all of us here at the Port Louis Marina that Phare Blue is having a happy hour and all the marinas are invited.

Thanks to Danny we got a ride to check out this beautiful harbor and see what this marina is about. So we had to join in the drinking, eating and meeting of more of our favorite cruiser types while we were at it. This marina is really beautiful and there are lots of locals, cruisers too, who are very active in making sure we protect, explore and share the beauty of this island.

Check out the Phare Blue Photo Album. The huge, steel yacht I'm standing on is a Swedish Light Ship and Restaurant and rumor has us anticipating a culinary treat. This ship also boasts the marina office, cruiser's lounge, upper deck restaurant, museum lounge, and has a very cool historical old engine room. Great spot.

This place is gorgeous but we don't know that we can afford it, just looks expensive. Everything that evening was top brass, including the servers passing out beautiful hors d'oeuvres and glitzy munchies on silver tray and linen draped over their arms. That's a far cry from the camping we do on Altair. Also, it's very far from everything. It's difficult to get around without walking miles to buses and taking a whole day for 'picking' up parts, etc. You know we'll keep you posted...pun intended.

Thanks again Danny...you are the 'cruising director', making sure we don't miss a thing!

Dudley and Bec































Fourteen of us got together and organised the famous taxi driver Cutty to take us at 18:15 up to the Levera National Park. Cutty organised us a guide and we picked up Dora near to our destination some two hour drive away.

We stopped just shy of the beach to have a talk from Dora, who explained a little about the leatherback turtle species, telling us of one recorded marathon swim of 16,000 miles in one season, turtles gain sexual maturity somewhere between fifteen and thirty and their life expectancy being between eighty and one hundred years (obviously facts to be checked on the net later). On arrival we walked down the very dark beach until we met wardens Kester and Becks. Kester had worked for the last four years protecting his charges. Becks was on a one month stint awaiting the start of her Law Degree Course at Edinburgh University - we wish her luck for that. She told us that the most she had seen in one night was twenty seven ladies, her busiest night, now the average is four as it is late in the season.



We had to wait a while while our lady got settled in to her dig, then we could approach. We were only allowed to use red light torches as not to put off any other ladies that might journey up the beach and to not confuse any babies en route to the sea, should we be lucky enough for any hatchlings to chose tonight to begin their epic struggle for life.















Our lady was called WC (west Caribbean) 5573 as her tag read, Becks and Kester recorded her statistics - she measured 1.83 metres (shell length) and 1.18 wide. Dora told me she was not a big leatherback by any means. Becks and Kester on midwife duty. They saw our lady was digging too close to another nest so they filled in as she dug.













Our lady was called WC (west Caribbean) 5573 as her tag read, Becks and Kester on midwife duty recorded her statistics - she measured 1.83 metres (shell length) and 1.18m wide. Dora told me she was not a big leatherback by any means. They saw our lady was digging too close to another nest so they filled in as she dug.Once she began laying Becks scooped her eggs into a bucket to put them further away from the original nest. Our lady was now in a trance-like state so we could stroke her. Being so close to this enormous creature from the deep was truly a sensational and remarkable event in our lives. One we will never forget. While this was going on another lady appeared out of the surf near us, she had to be gently shooed along the beach. After our lady had finished we watched her powerful front flippers pile the sand back for her rear flippers to fill in the hole and neatly pat it down. I didn't care that I was being eaten alive by mossies, even though I had thoroughly sprayed myself. Then it sadly was time to walk back to the bus. As we slowly wandered we found where the second lady had settled to her digging, she was left in peace as she was nowhere near known nests. Twenty feet beyond her was lady number three. Becks and Kester had their work cut out, no sooner than they had buried our bucket of eggs they had to carry on their research on these other ladies.Once she began laying Becks scooped her eggs into a bucket to put them further away from the original nest. Our lady was now in a trance-like state so we could stroke her. Being so close to this enormous creature from the deep was truly a sensational and remarkable event in our lives. One we will never forget. While this was going on another lady appeared out of the surf near us, she had to be gently shooed along the beach. After our lady had finished we watched her powerful front flippers pile the sand back for her rear flippers to fill











Now we were walking even slower to the bus. Great excitement as we spotted a nest of hatchlings. Kester was now rushing between the ladies and the babies, we were therefore allowed to use a red light to guide them down the beach and watched in hope as the little ones faced the waves. We didn't want to think odds at this time. We got back to Beez Neez at 01:30, too excited to sleep, I got straight on line to research these amazing creatures.

Becks and Kester .

We had to wait a while

We had to wait a while while our lady got settled in to her dig, then we could approach. We were only allowed to use red light torches so as not to put off any other ladies that might journey up the beach and to not confuse any babies en route to the sea, should we be lucky enough for any hatchlings to chose tonight to begin their epic struggle for life.

while our lady got settled in to her dig, then we could approach. We were only allowed to use red light torches so as not to put off any other ladies that might journey up the beach and to not confuse any babies en route to the sea, should we be lucky enough for any hatchlings to chose tonight to begin their epic struggle for life.
Comments
Vessel Name: Altair
Vessel Make/Model: Tartan 34'
Hailing Port: Coconut Grove Sailing Club
Crew: Dudley Clark and Becky Butler
About: Dudley has owned this Tartan sloop and has been cruising on her since 1986. Becky joined the good sloop back in 2000 when we first started cruising together and he has been 'training' me ever since! I couldn't be happier! I've been sailing all my life, but cruising is a whole different fish!
Extra: This is the most extended cruise we've braved on this wonderful, old boat of ours which is planned to be about 2 years! We left Miami in late February of 2008 and want to get below the hurricane belt by the end of July! Ok, so it's July, 2011...we're close, but not home yet!
Altair's Photos - Main
Shots from the windward mark aboard Kuhala!
No Photos
Created 13 May 2011
Spectacular Flora and Villa!
35 Photos
Created 13 May 2011
38 Photos
Created 9 January 2011
Flora, fauna and friends!
32 Photos
Created 3 January 2011
Can come home without visiting this Clan!
13 Photos
Created 4 May 2010
Kayaking in West Palm Beach!
12 Photos
Created 4 May 2010
They are so proud of the independence and their Flag! Hopefully the USA will be too!
6 Photos
Created 10 February 2010
Gorgeous, first class location in the middle the south coast of Shangrila, Grenada!
8 Photos
Created 10 February 2010
An international celebration and gathering to educate!
25 Photos
Created 10 February 2010
Our 10th Anniversary and Blue Moon New Year's Eve Party!
20 Photos
Created 10 February 2010
Nellie and Phil hosting a thoroughly English feast with a British Christmas pudding to boot!
5 Photos
Created 10 February 2010
Fish Friday tour with Cutty on the northwest coast of Grenada!
14 Photos
Created 9 February 2010
Grenada's Spectacular Waterfalls and hiking
32 Photos
Created 9 February 2010
Lots of work to be done...6 days of non stop big stuff!
9 Photos
Created 9 February 2010
What a great night of Jazz with good friends, Olga, Don, Neal, Donna and Barry!
20 Photos
Created 9 February 2010
National Colors Day, Don, Olga, Inga and Hal, Steve, Angel and Steve the chef!
11 Photos
Created 9 February 2010
Grenada's Independence...Spectacular Day!
25 Photos
Created 9 February 2010
Amazing Hike with Cliffon as Guide, Karine, Pierre, Marilyn and Me!
29 Photos
Created 18 January 2010
We love Calle Ocho! We are back in Miami! Buenos Noches!
8 Photos | 1 Sub-Album
Created 18 January 2010
Dudley's best friend with his beautiful, brilliant new love, Loni!
1 Photo
Created 18 January 2010
Our Private Sailing Club and some of our long lost buddies!
11 Photos
Created 18 January 2010
Love the New Green Canopy!
7 Photos
Created 18 January 2010
West Palm Beach Clan
4 Photos
Created 18 January 2010
Heading to Windward Coast and Grenville's Carnival!
18 Photos
Created 24 September 2009
Gearing up for Carnival, Grenadian Stlye!
23 Photos
Created 15 September 2009
Nice Party, Great Man, Cool location!
10 Photos
Created 13 September 2009
WOW!!!
9 Photos
Created 13 September 2009
First Peek @ The Lagoon, The Carenage and the Locals
33 Photos
Created 13 September 2009
Very nice for a marina! Wow.
19 Photos
Created 13 September 2009
What a great Festival of the Arts.
28 Photos
Created 5 July 2009
Our new past time...hiking to new heights!
13 Photos
Created 5 July 2009
Whit/Sun/Tide Regatta
15 Photos
Created 4 July 2009
"The beginning of the Grenedines for us...we want more".
18 Photos
Created 29 June 2009
"On the Road Again", Day 2. Martinique
20 Photos
Created 29 June 2009
"On the road Again!" Expolored Martinique by car with Lynn and Lew on Sea Wings
29 Photos
Created 29 June 2009
Catching up with Old Friends
11 Photos
Created 28 June 2009
Domineeka, Part 2
18 Photos
Created 10 April 2009
Dominica, West Indies
30 Photos
Created 10 April 2009
A ONE NIGHT STAND...
10 Photos
Created 30 March 2009
Virgin Islands over to the Leewards at last...
11 Photos
Created 29 March 2009
Je Suis alle enTerre d'en Bas par Ferry!
36 Photos
Created 29 March 2009
Christmas Cove, St. James Isl., St. Thomas and St. John...
5 Photos
Created 28 March 2009
We loved them...sailing, diving and parties were GREAT.
52 Photos
Created 27 March 2009
Two weeks of waiting for wind to die down! Too much fun!
10 Photos
Created 27 March 2009
Super! Parfait! St. Barts! Very FRENCH!!!!
24 Photos
Created 26 March 2009
Spectacular Vistas!
33 Photos
Created 26 March 2009
This is an historically packed delight!
20 Photos
Created 26 March 2009
NY Eve Party with Jane and Andy on the lawn at Nelson's Dockyard!!!!
11 Photos
Created 25 March 2009
Maltese Falcon Fundraiser
7 Photos
Created 25 March 2009
We're in fairyland...how quaint!
17 Photos
Created 24 March 2009
Our pheromones are connected somehow!!!!
12 Photos
Created 11 March 2009
EAG hike to top of Boggy Peak, with nature lovers, botanists, board members
12 Photos
Created 4 March 2009

S/V ALTAIR

Who: Dudley Clark and Becky Butler
Port: Coconut Grove Sailing Club