Evening Ebb

02 March 2017 | frigate island, union island, svg, wi
27 February 2017 | tobago cays, svg, wi
24 February 2017 | saltwhistle bay, mayreau, svg, wi
23 February 2017
19 February 2017 | Tyrell Bay, Carriacou, Grenada
17 February 2017 | prickly bay, grenada, wi
20 January 2017 | prickly bay, grenada, west indies
09 November 2016 | Block Island RI
29 September 2016 | block island rhode island
14 September 2016 | prickly bay, grenada, west indies
08 September 2016 | prickly bay, grenada, west indies
01 September 2016 | prickly bay, grenada, w.i.
18 August 2016 | prickly bay, grenada
07 August 2016 | prickly bay grenada wi
26 July 2016 | prickly bay grenada wi
07 July 2016 | prickly bay grenada
16 June 2016 | pier 41 marina, the dockyards, bermuda
09 June 2016 | pier 41, old naval dockyards, bermuda
31 May 2016 | sailfish marina, stuart, florida
30 May 2016 | indiantown marina

thursday march 2nd

02 March 2017 | frigate island, union island, svg, wi
blustery and a bit squally
Well, we're not in Bequia. We are anchored behind Frigate Island just off Ashton, Union Island in St Vincent and the Grenadines. We're the fourth mast from the left (look for the shortest mast). We moved here Tuesday after watching the weather forecasts and deciding that an upwind bash to Bequia was not going to be any fun.

During December and January the Christmas winds never seemed to materialize. I'm not sure what one calls these winds, but they are howling (20s with gusts in the 30s) and it's been a bit squally. It looks as though the wind is in the forecast for at least the next week and a half to two weeks. So, we're adjusting our plans accordingly. This morning's plan is to check out of St Vincent on Saturday and head over to Tyrell bay and hang out there for awhile before heading back to Grenada and Prickly Bay.

monday the 27th

27 February 2017 | tobago cays, svg, wi
breezy, sun, and passing squalls
Evening Ebb off Baradal island in the Tobago Cays marine park on a mooring ball next to the restricted turtle viewing area. It's been breezy with a bit of howl from the wind in the rigging. After a short run from Saltwhistle bay to the Cays, we've been watching the turtles, snorkeling, reading, and exploring.

Last night, we had a spectacular beach BBQ prepared by my friend Romeo Simmons and his wife (Juliett) with some help from their two boys. Other than a squall during dinner and a nerve-wracking dinghy ride in the dark and rain back to the boat it was a great evening -- good friends and good food. If you're ever in the Tobago Cays, put a BBQ with Romeo on your list of things you must do.

One more day in the Cays and then we're heading to Bequia. Here's a shot of the sun setting between Petit Bateau and Union Island Saturday night.

friday the 24th

24 February 2017 | saltwhistle bay, mayreau, svg, wi
blue skies with a bit of breeze
A picture of the beach in Saltwhistle Bay, Mayreau. It was a short jaunt from Clifton to Saltwhistle Bay yesterday; only about four miles.

It is gorgeous and calm this morning with blue skies and a bit of a breeze. Many of the boats that spent the night in the bay left by 9:30 this morning and a few new ones have already straggled into the mooring field. We're planning to stay one more night and then head over to the Tobago Cays tomorrow morning.

We are definitely in the land of charter boats and day visitors. In Clifton it was entertaining to see how many people could fit onto the dinghies running to shore and out to Happy Island. There were several with nine people crammed onto a ten foot dinghy and we may have seen one dinghy with ten people squeezed aboard. Last night, in Saltwhistle, one of our neighbors ran their generator all night. It was a cool evening, so it's not clear why they would have left it on. And finally, the outboards on the boat boys' boats run so ragged that they almost sound like running anchor chain. Last night one came by about an hour after we'd turned in and it sounded exactly as though someone was dropping an anchor on top of us. Oh well, it was just one of the boat boys returning some revelers to a neighboring boat. After so long in a quiet corner of Prickly Bay, it's fun to see boats that move, and so much activity.

Here's a shot of one of the restaurants along the main road in Mayreau just over the top of the hill from here. It seems as though it's grown over time.

thursday the 23rd

23 February 2017
Clifton harbor from Clifton hill. We're on a mooring ball on the left side of the picture. The island to the left is Mayreau (today's destination) and the group of islands on the horizon just to the left of the middle of the picture is Tobago Cays.

It's another pretty day, blue skies and light winds. The winds are so light we may end up motoring the four and a half or five miles to Mayreau where the plan is to pick up a mooring ball in Saltwhistle Bay. A quick trip to shore to drop off trash and pick up some toilet paper and paper towels.

Clifton has been very pleasant -- a bit busy with quite a few boats coming in and out every day but the harbor is protected by the reef and everyone has been quite friendly. Union Island is quite a bit different from Grenada. We took a bus over to Ashton and it was funny to hear them listening to a Grenada radio station
that was advertising familiar shops, restaurants, events and locations. There are very few cars on the island and only a couple of buses. There were quite a few guest houses and accommodations, but most of them seemed empty and locked up. The harbor is next to the airport and you can hear the planes as they rev their engines prior to take off. Check-in was easy, the boat boys were helpful, and there is some provisioning (but not like Grenada).

Here's a shot of sunset from Janti's Happy Island where we had dinner Wednesday night.

Vessel Name: s/v Evening Ebb
Vessel Make/Model: 1979 Pearson 365 Ketch
Hailing Port: Washington, DC
The boat's name comes from a poem by Robinson Jeffers: Evening Ebb The ocean has not been so quiet for a long while; five nightherons Fly shorelong voiceless in the hush of the air Over the calm of an ebb that almost mirrors their wings. The sun has gone down, and the water has gone [...]
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