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cruising, vb, kroozing, working on your boat in exotic locations around the Caribbean....Dudley and Becca
Martha, Peter and Dudley...Great Minds!
Becca
04/30/2011, Port Zante aboard SV Lightheart

This is a brand new boat, and the maststep is being ground away while simultaneously gouging the mast. The expert that Peter has contacted advised him on a way to correct this problem...didn't work...now they are going to do it their way!

It worked!!!! Hip Hip HURRAY!!!

The sad news is that they are leaving and we didn't have nearly enough time to spend with these two brilliant friends of ours! Aurevoir Mon Amis! (We're practicing for St. Martin)...

Helpful Dudley...Hiking Bec...
Becca
04/29/2011, Basseterre, the Capital...

Yes, we are in a slip...the dink went on the davits for the second time in 3.5 years...and we have land showers! There's only room for Dudley's man-help on board SV Lightheart...so I do what I do best...hike and photograph my way through the islands.

This is a delightful old town. Basseterre is the Capital of this long ago French settlement. The wharf and waterfront architecture is solidly British and fancifully French in inspiration and the The Circus, the town square, replicates the Piccadilly in London. This entire area burned down in l876 and clearly is a testament to the resilience found throughout the entire Caribbean. Hopefully I'll get a chance to stuff some photo albums with the material I've been blessed to capture.


Will it be The marina or out here?
Becca
04/28/2011, Basseterre, Port Zante Marina....

We took off for Basseterre, after listening to Lightheart call, call and finally connect with the marina @ Port Zante. The response we were eavesdropping upon, while snuggley anchored at Whitehouse Bay, with the marina, was that there was a boat leaving and as soon as they departed the slip was available. One hour, then another half hour! We decided to leave and just show up...offering to help means you just arrive! We asked and they were kind enough to share the conditions of the swells outside the marina as being "not too bad". We had already pulled up the anchor and were proceeding north, we'll see for ourselves. We were bashing into the seas, going north, into the wind of course, and wondering if this was any indication of our new neighborhood!

Check out the protective, temporary swell barrier...That monster will surely leave, along with our protection if we anchor out here just at the mouth of the marina where SV Lightheart has to do the work on the maststep.

Looking for Lightheart..
Becca
04/28/2011, Port Zante Marina Complex...

We dropped the hook, launched the dink, and those swells were anything but swell. We're off to find Martha and Peter, the newlyweds! Their friends just flew out, Peter's son is coming for a visit next week and now they will have us hanging about trying to help!

We found the boat in their slip, minus the crew...this is who found us! These adorable African green vervet monkeys are taking over the island we later find out, but they are descendents of a few brought over by planters. "Monkey Man" is capitalizing on them big time, especially when the cruise ships frequent this Port Zante Complex! Very cute and biters too, gentle but true! We learned that they get very aggressive when they become adults...thank goodness these are youngsters.


Sailing Far, Far Away...NOT!
Becca
04/27/2011, Nevis to St. Kitts, Woahhh!

I hope we are not going to regret not exploring Nevis...but the weather is why we booggied over here from Antigua before days of 30kt winds kept us there! We want to be in Ballast Bay or Whitehouse Bay according to all of our friends in the know! Goodbye Nevis...hello St. Kitts.

It took us about an hour and half to get here...big adventure...NOT!

It turns out that there's some incredibly high terrain in these here parts...so it's gonna be interesting...Already the katabatic winds are howling and we are thinking these enormous gusts are gonna make it interesting. Love that CQR!

We got a huge surprise. We were chilling and must've been below late in the afternoon when we hear "Hey, Altair!"...it's Lightheart! Martha and Peter Branning... were "heading south" just this morning, and they agreed to come back to St. Kitts (north) spend some time with us and get their maststep problem fixed too. We are so blessed! They invited us to dinner and what a boat...what a great group of people too...the joy continues!

Bec




Surprise...Look who we bumped into!
Becca
04/26/2011, Nevis

It was a little unnerving, leaving @ 10:30p with winds expected out of the east @ 15-20 knots. We don't usually do this...but here we are! We did not get those winds, but it was a rocky, rolly crossing with the little wind there was behind us! It was a pretty straight shot, with the minor exception of Redonda! A big huge rock with an amusing history. The hilarious story is too long for this post, but will be glad to share whenever you might be interested...just ask!

We took the government mooring ball...dashed into town so we could come back and crash. We learned that it was going to be a long process, walking from Customs to Immigration up town, back to the Port Authority...then back to Customs so we were starved. These night crossings cause big appetites...actually everything on this saltwater journey of ours makes us ravenous...thank goodness it's a very active business this cruising. We decided to find Cafe d'Arts Cafe...and look who we bumped into...Peter and Martha Branning! Our friends from Miami who have just recently started their cruising journey and voila!

Their friends Judy and Ken have been on board as guests and we laughed, we shared stories, we cried...not really, but darn it, they are going south and we are going north. This is starting to P.O. the Altair crew for real. We can always turn around and change our minds!

Bec

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