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Freya of Clyde
Follow Anne and Alan as they sail through the beautiful Caribbean
MOVING ON
09/Mar/2007, American Virgin Islands

Well, it's been a while since I've updated this blog because I didn't have an internet connection between St Martin and Charlotte Amalie in St Thomas, US Virgin Islands. However, I've got a freebie tonight, and as long as it's live and well, I'm updating this blog, at least a bit of it! We're here to buy, buy, buy in both K-Mart and Home Depot. They're not as good as the US mainland versions, but they're doing okay. We're off to do a bit more exploring of St Thomas tomorrow and I'll try to update this a bit later next week.

MONTSERRAT
11/Feb/2007, EXPEDITION TO MONTSERRAT

The fearless duo tackle the still active volcano on Montserrat. Note the path of hot boulders being spewed out of the volcano. There are more photographs of this volcano in the gallery - click on the link on the right hand side of this page.

FRENCH BEACHES!
11/Feb/2007, STE ANNE'S, MARTINIQUE

Just round the corner from Marin we anchored near the beautiful beach at the small town of Ste Anne's. Very French!!

GOMMIERS RACING
11/Feb/2007, MARIN, MARTINIQUE

We watched the single-hulled Gommiers of Martinique racing while we were anchored in Marin. They simply raced through the anchored boats. Apparently the hull is formed from the Gommier tree (don't ask!) The wood is brought in from either St Lucia or Dominica and built in Martinique into these strange boats, but the main is made out of bamboo. The poles you see are somewhere between 8 and 10 feet long and help to balance the boat. They need an extremely agile crew of nine, four on each side and a helmsman, but somehow there appears to be more than the required number on some of the boats. We reckon the guys were more often hanging out over the water, or bailing water out of the boat than actually sitting inside the boat.

WONDERFUL FOOD IN MARTINIQUE!
29/Jan/2007, MARIN, MARTINIQUE

We finally arrived in Martinique last Friday morning at 1.00 am after sailing 92 miles from Bequia. We anchored in Ste Anne's and headed round to Marin later on Friday morning where we checked in with the very friendly Customs lady. We then headed off to the supermarkets where we filled our fridge with Brie and Pate and Baguettes and of course, a few bottle of very nice wine. The weather is gorgeous, the sun is shining, there's a little breeze blowing which keeps us cool, and we're happy bunnies! So, everybody, buy your French phrase book and head to Martinique for paradise in the supermarkets!!

MIRABELLA V
20/Jan/2007, Bequia, Grenadines

We woke up this morning with "Mirabella V" as our neighbour - all 247 feet of her. According to the website her beam is 48.5 feet and with her keel down, her draught is 33 feet. You too can be a guest on Mirabella V if you have a spare $300,000 a week to spend. She is huge, but we wouldn't say no if offered in a gift! How many wee sailboats could we buy .....?

ROCKIN' AN' ROLLIN'
18/Jan/2007, BEQUIA

We are now in Bequia. We thought it would be really quiet here, but how wrong can you be! There are hundreds of yachts in this gorgeous anchorage and the cruise liners appear to have found this beautiful island too. There are hundreds of tourists clogging up the small streets in town (you can always tell who the cruise liner tourists are - they're the ones who are mostly white, but with large red bits where the sun-tan lotion missed it's mark!)

ANCHORED IN A SEA OF MASTS!
31/Dec/2006, CARRIACOU, (GRENADA)

We left St George's Bay, Grenada yesterday morning along with Paul and Denise on "Vixen". It was a really bumpy sail, but we got to Carriacou in just under eight hours. Carriacou is a wee island just north of Grenada, but also belongs to Grenada. It's nice to be back here again, but there are dozens of yachties here, so the anchorage is really busy. We recognise at least half the yachts in the anchorage as having spent time in Trinidad.

PEACE AND TRANQUILITY AT HOGG ISLAND
22/Dec/2006, GRENADA

We went to a barbeque at Roger's Bar on Hogg Island on Sunday afternoon with a lot of cruisers and a few locals too. There were quite a few smokey aromas wafting through the air, and not all of them came from the barbeque!! It was fun though. It's just a shame the other side of Hogg Island is being ripped apart by private developers.

GRENADA
11/Dec/2006

We are in St George's Lagoon in Grenada. We spent a week at Hogg Island but have come back here to stock up with some food, do some laundry etc. You would not believe the amount of rain we've been having!

CHEERIO TRINIDAD
01/Dec/2006, Until next year ....

We finally launched "Freya" on Friday 24th November from Powerboats, checked out on Monday 27th and arrived safely in Grenada (Tuesday) morning at 6.15 am after a very pleasant and uneventful sail. We actually managed to sail the whole way! (yes we managed to remember which bits of string to pull!). We're catching up on some minor bits and bobs here in St George's Lagoon before moving round to Hogg Island area for a bit of R&R at the weekend (ha ha - does Alan ever manage to do R&R?). Weather is still very hot with frequent rain showers but it must be better than Scotland's weather!

FREYA HAS NEW CUSHIONS ...
26/Nov/2006, Powerboats, Chaguaramas

Some of you might like to see our new cushions - definitely a bit better than the old, and the throws with the palmtrees lying on their sides have also gone! We reckon a definite improvement. Can't figure out how the teddy bear got into the photo ...

ANTIFOULED AT LAST!
20/Nov/2006, Powerboats, Chaguaramas, Trinidad

It's nearly six months since Alan started to scrape the antifouling off the boat, and he's been working on the hull ever since. He has done other jobs too, but he's worked mostly on the hull - wee soul. He's got bulging biceps now! He's been known as the "blue man", and the "white man". However, we never quite got him made into a "black man", although some of the locals here were beginning to think that he's one of them! So, with only one and a half weeks before we have to leave Trinidad, the black antifouling was finally painted on yesterday morning. Pity about the top sides!! However, when we return to Trinidad next June or July we'll think about getting the topsides painted.

Anne and Alan at "Sails" restaurant
19/Nov/2006, Powerboats, Chaguarmas, Trinidad, WI

The Sunday night Barbeque at "Sails" in Powerboats is a "must" for the yachties. Anne and Alan must have enjoyed the pork ribs .....

FREYA CELEBRATES DIVALI IN TRINIDAD
23/Oct/2006, Felicity

Jesse James, our wonderful cruisers taxi driver extraordinare organises a trip for us every year to see "Divali" (which means rows and rows and rows of lighted oil lamps”), the Festival of Lights. This celebration means as much to Hindus as Christmas does to Christians. The festival is among one of the most memorable and beautiful festivals celebrated in Trinidad and it is observed on the new moon day of the month of Kaartik in the Hindu calendar which is also the darkest night of the year. The origins of Divali are based on the harvesting festivals and legends of India. Divali symbolizes triumph of light over darkness, good over evil and knowledge over ignorance. In Trinidad Divali is a public holiday and weeks of fasting and abstinence by the Hindu community climax in the lighting of thousands of tiny deyas (small clay pots filled with oil.) in courtyards, homes and parks all over the country. It is very much a community affair and entire villages are illuminated, traditional Indian wear is donned, and special foods and sweets are prepared to share with friends and neighbours.

As cruisers, we feel very lucky to be included in the celebrations. This is one of the few occasions when the cruisers must look presentable, and we are asked to dress elegantly”. Over 150 cruisers were loaded onto buses for the trip to the Hindu village of Felicity, just south of Port of Spain. Leaving our shoes outside, we were ushered into the Hindu Temple where we were given a short talk by one of the local priests who explained to us the origins of Divali and afterwards, one of the local dancers and several drummers from a tassa band entertained us to a display of local dancing and music. Some of our own cruisers joined in the dancing at the end! After locating our shoes from outside the Temple, we made our way to the local hall where a traditional Divali dinner of vegetables and roti, followed by Indian sweets were served, all washed down with non-alcoholic drinks. Jesse, his maxi-taxi drivers and his family made and served all the food. We felt we were part of his family for the evening. After filling ourselves full of roti we had time to wander round the village looking at the amazing array of deyas and fairy lights, which decorated all the houses in the streets. The local Hindus, dressed in their traditional finery, called out Divali greetings to all who passed. Anne wandered into the Hare Krishna temple she decided to get just a "wee bit" involved! Lots of drums, bells, flowers and incense made the Temple an interesting experience.

After several hours of exploring the village our feet declared it was time to head back to our maxi-taxi and then home to the boat where we, thank goodness, had our first alcoholic drink of the day! Thanks to Jesse James of Members Only Maxi Taxi Service for a wonderful evening.
link to Jesse James, Members Only

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