02/25/2015, Sailing from Sint Maartin to the British Virgin Islands
After almost a week anchored in the Simson Bay we are leaving tonight.
This will be one of the few over night passages we will have to make. We plan to arrive when there is plenty of sunshine to navigate through the many coral reefs around the British Virgin Islands.
Annie's getting very excited about getting to the BVI's despite having to take 5 seperate flights from Australia to get here.
Life is always good sailing on Annecam.
02/20/2015, Simson Bay Lagoon, St Maartin
There seems like there is a never ending list of boat jobs that just seem to keep coming and when we think that it's time to relax there will be another one to add to the list.
First one was the removal of our old 180 amp hour batteries and we replaced them with 3 x 220 amp hour ones. The old ones refused to hold their charge for any longer than about one hour, the solar panels would boost them up just over 14 volts and the battery management system would say that they had reached full capacity but they would drop so quickly that most of the systems on board would shut down completely leaving us to hand steer every night crossing the Atlantic and having to run our motor and or the generator most of the time.
The second job was to have a rigger re-install our inner forestay halyard and while he was up the mast he noticed that one of the D2 stays was about to break which would have been catastrophic for our mast, sails and all of the equipment that goes with it, it most likely would have been a complete loss of the rig. We now have two brand new D2 stays and a completely tuned rig.
The third job was on our outboard motor and that was a complete success thanks to a nice English guy by the name of Gary, he cleaned and tuned the carburettor, it runs like a Swiss watch. Even Sarah can start it now, so if you see a hoon in a dinghy flying through the anchorage it won't be me haha.
The fourth job was to order and pay for the parts to get our old outboard motor going again, they should be here in St Maartin next week, so we do have an excuse to call back again.
Apart from spending loads of money, life is always good on Annecam.
02/17/2015, Sint Maartin
We pulled up our anchor and motored under the draw bridge to the inside of Simpson Bay. The shelter inside here is much calmer than outside with the weather system that is happening at the moment. We have winds forecast to 30 knots for the next couple of days.
We are heading off to find a wifi Cafe and a chandler to try to purchase new batteries for Annecam, so it will most likely be an expensive afternoon.
Life is always interesting on Annecam.
02/16/2015, Sint Maarten
We sailed away from St Nevis at 0630 and sailed on a very nice beam reach to Saint Barthelemy better known as St Bart's.
As we arrived early in the afternoon we decided to keep going on to Saint Maartin our last stop before we sail to the British Virgin Islands to meet the other half of Annecam. Annie will be back on board hopefully by the end of the month and not before time.
We are anchored just outside Cole Bay and in the morning we will go inside to do the clearing in.
We are still trying to find a rigger for a couple of minor issues and we will be chasing a new set of batteries to hopefully solve our power issues we have been putting up with ever since we started the passage from Tenerife to here.
Life is always interesting on Annecam.
02/16/2015, St Nevis
We had a first for us and a first for Annecam today when we deliberately set our course to have a look at the very active volcano on the south end of the island of Monsourat. We managed to sail close enough to not only get a great view but close enough to get the full smell of the sulphur being emitted by the volcano.
I will be checking the weather forecast to make the next passage as safe as one could wish for.
At the moment Annecam is secured to one of the mooring balls right in front of Charlestown on St Nevis.
Life is good on Annecam
02/14/2015, Little Bay
We cleared through customs and immigration in Jolly Harbour, Antigua and set our sailes for the small island of Montserrat a small passage of 24 nautical miles.
We had some company with a 70 foot long Sunreef Catamaran and our speed over the ground was almost exactly the same.
After I cleared us into through Customs and Immigration we were able to sit down and relax. Sarah is cooking up a storm as I type this blog, we are having chicken pesto for dinner tonight, yum.
Our plan is to have a little explore tomorrow and then on Monday sail to St Kitts and Nevis.
Life is sometimes very easy on Annecam.