Infinity B - Atlantic & Caribbean Adventure - GBR583R

Najad 460/22 ---- MMSI 235094801 ---- Call Sign 2FWJ4 ---- UK Part 1 Registered No 918877

14 November 2017 | Home - Easton on the Hill
25 September 2017 | Easton on the Hill
14 September 2017 | Easton on the Hill
09 September 2017 | Easton on the Hill
05 September 2017 | Easton on the Hill
03 June 2017
03 June 2017 | Easton on the Hill, UK
20 March 2017 | The Yard - Jolly Harbour - Antigua
20 March 2017 | The Yard - Jolly Harbour - Antigua
16 March 2017 | Hermitage Bay - Antiqua
14 March 2017 | Hermitage Bay - Antiqua
13 March 2017 | Jolly Harbour - Antiqua
05 March 2017 | Jolly Harbour - Antiqua
05 March 2017 | Jolly Harbour - Antiqua
04 March 2017 | Pigeon Island- Guadeloupe
03 March 2017 | Pigeon Island- Guadeloupe
02 March 2017 | Pigeon Island- Guadeloupe
01 March 2017 | Pigeon Island- Guadeloupe

2 Weeks To Go

14 November 2017 | Home - Easton on the Hill
Frank.
Only a couple of weeks before we fly out to Antigua to join Infinity B in Jolly Harbour.
We have not booked a return flight, but we anticipate flying back home again in April.
We are really looking forward to seeing all our dear sailing friends out there.
We are particularly looking forward to seeing Jessie who has been looking after our boat and seeing his lovely new wife Joyanne again.
We are not sure how we are going to fit all our bits in the bags as we have a couple of solar panels and a dive cylinder to take out as well.
Most of all I’m looking forward to leaving the winter behind and being afloat again.

Diving In Fuerteventura.

25 September 2017 | Easton on the Hill
Frank
We arrived back home at 3.00 am yesterday after a fantastic weeks diving in Fuerteventura.
Four of us went on a trip organised by Dive Rutland www.diverutland.com to Deep Blue Diving www.deep-blue-diving.com.
Mandy a I opted to do do several courses to concentrate on improving our diving.
I managed to get my PADI Advanced Open Water Certificate and Mandy only needs one more dive to qualify for hers.
The quality of tuition from Henrik and support from his colleagues at Deep Blue was excellent.
We also very much enjoyed the company of the two Rachel’s from Dive Rutland too.

Happy Birthday Mandy

14 September 2017 | Easton on the Hill
Frank
It is Mandy's 60th on Friday September 15th.
We had a very pleasant drinks party at home last Sunday lunchtime with lots of friends.
But we are off on this Saturday to go Scuba Diving in The Canaries for a week to celebrate with Rutland Diving.
Most of our diving gear is on Infinity B, so we have been rummaging around on eBay to get enough kit to go.
However, our thoughts are still with those in The Caribbean who are still suffering from the aftermath of Hurricane Irma.

Sex & Alcohol

09 September 2017 | Easton on the Hill
Frank
Mandy asked "What would you like?"
I answered "Sex and Alcohol"
I was given Tea!
That's the trouble with getting old.

Infinity B safe after the Hurricane

06 September 2017
The boat yard and Infinity B seem to have missed the worst of the storm.
The picture shows the boats safely in the yard at Jolly Harbour with Infinity B just to the left of the tree.
Unfortunately St Martin and The USVIs don't seem so fortunate.
Our thoughts are with them and with the other islands as the hurricane approaches them.

Hurricane Irma Hits St Martin and St Barts

06 September 2017

Hurricane Irma

05 September 2017 | Easton on the Hill
Frank
Hurricane Irma is on its way.
Infinity B is tucked up tight in her cradle on the hard at Jolly Harbour in Antigua.
We are safe and sound in the UK
So fingers crossed!

The Land Yacht

03 June 2017
Now after several months of delay due to health issues we can plan our summer cruising in our land yacht.
Scotland, Netherlands and maybe Scandinavia.
I have replaced the gas regulator and connections and added solar panels.... so we are good to go.
We can even tow Mandy's baby Toyota IQ behind.
So it looks like our Carribean Sailing Blog is going to take a slightly different course until we return to Infinity B in Antigua in November.

Well, Well, Well

03 June 2017 | Easton on the Hill, UK
Frank
It's been a very stressful and anxious couple of months since getting back to the UK and turning 60.
During our Caribbean sailing season (November to March) I had several episodes of being quite poorly with high fever and peeing blood.
Once back home Mandy and many friends urged me strongly to see the doctor.
This led to two separate areas for further investigation, diabetes and a referral to a hospital consultant for a prostate/GU issue.
The consultant put me on the fast track cancer list and instigated a large number of tests, horrid procedures and a couple biopsies.
We got the final results on Friday…….
No cancer …….But a manageable problem that I will need to stay on top of.
So now it's looking like a bucket of pills a day for prostate, diabetes and probably blood pressure too.
But it's fantastic to now understand why I have been feeling so grotty and grumpy for so very long and to have a plan to get fit and well.
So thank you to those that nagged me and to John our GP and Janine the consultant.



The Sunday Outing

20 March 2017 | The Yard - Jolly Harbour - Antigua
Frank and Mandy
We had a great afternoon out with Jessie and Joyanne & john and Ellie.
Jessie took us to a fabulous restaurant called Russel's at Fort James on the north of Antigua.
We then drove right across the island to Devil's Bridge overlooking Nonsuch Bay. It reminded me of Portland Bill as the Atlantic waves bashed into the limestone beaches and cliffs.
A few more jobs to do before we fly home tomorrow.

The Friday Lift

20 March 2017 | The Yard - Jolly Harbour - Antigua
Frank and Mandy
All went well with the lift out on Friday.
We are now living aboard but out of the water.
Lots of jobs to do.

Sea Cocks and Sails

16 March 2017 | Hermitage Bay - Antiqua
Frank and Mandy
We are still at anchor in Hermitage Bay but we will move round to Jolly Harbour today for hauling out tomorrow.
We have managed to get all the sails down and packed away with the help from John & Ellie of Serenity.
Unfortunately one of the sea cocks broke on the rear heads and cause a few anxious moments and a lot of water. We have made a temporary repair and ordered parts from Sweden.
Feeling better but still not 100%

Getting Ready To Haul Out

14 March 2017 | Hermitage Bay - Antiqua
Frank and Mandy
We moved round to Hermitage Bay yesterday. It's much prettier, the water cleaner and strong wifi.
So I have added some photos to the posts - please take a look.
We have been getting ready to haul. We managed (just) to get the genoa and staysails down & folded between gust.
All is well but sad to be thinking about going home soon!

102 and Falling

13 March 2017 | Jolly Harbour - Antiqua
Mandy and Frank
It has been a pretty rough week here at anchor in more ways than one. We were fine through out the rough winds with no problem with the good old Mason anchor holding well in the sticky sand. However, the main problem has been another fever and other bad urinary infection with their associated grumpiness. So back on the the antibiotics which make me feel bad too. I am slowly winning the battle to get my temperature down from 102 but the water maker and washing machine have been working hard washing countless t-shirts soaked in sweat.
We have managed to get some of the jobs done ready for the boat lift on Friday. We might try to get some of the sails down today.

Cricket and Wind

05 March 2017 | Jolly Harbour - Antiqua
Mandy and Frank
We are anchored in Jolly Harbour sheltering from the wind and 12 foot waves. Hopefully it will have died down by the weekend and we will have a little trip out to Great Bird Island or Deep Bay.
In the mean time Frank has been servicing engines and I have been handing him spanners and cleaning out cupboards so hopefully we won't have any unwanted little residents while we are away..
On Sunday I went to the England v West Indies cricket match with some OCC members. England won, just. It was an exciting game (most of the time) with a near capacity crowd and a great atmosphere.

Safe Passage

05 March 2017 | Jolly Harbour - Antiqua
Frank
We arrived in Antigua safely after a windy and bumpy passage. None the less Mandy managed to sleep for 3 hours on the crossing. It was very squally at times especially in Guadeloupe as we left and at Antigua when we arrived. We were greeted by a number of friends from various OCC boats shortly after we dropped anchor. Today is supposed to be the last day of moderate conditions before very strong winds set in for the week.

Provisions, Chocolate and Wind

04 March 2017 | Pigeon Island- Guadeloupe
Frank
It's 03.00 here. I'm up for anchor watch and tea, It's blowing Force 6 and has been for about 9 hours.
So the wind generator has been very busy and we used the power to fill the water tanks.
Yesterday morning we went by dinghy to the supermarket at bought lots as it was our last chance in the French Islands. In the afternoon we took the bus to Le Maison Cocoua (The Chocolate Museum).
A very interesting place with picturesque gardens and lectures on how coca is grown and made into chocolate. The bus did not stop for us so we hitched back and got the boat ready for sailing. We are hoping the wind drops in the next few hours or we may delay our departure until Sunday.

Wind and Rain

03 March 2017 | Pigeon Island- Guadeloupe
Mandy
A very breezy and wet night again. But all is well. We ha a hike along the cliff yesterday morning.
In the afternoon Mandy had a rest while I washed all the seat covers.
Mandy is fine and feeling less stressed about the eye issue.
Thank you for your messages of concern.We need to get tidied and secure today for our final long passage of the season tomorrow. Forecast looks like it will be a fast & bumpy passage to Antigua.

Mandy and The Hospital

02 March 2017 | Pigeon Island- Guadeloupe
Mandy
We had a very pleasant dive yesterday morning. But Mandy developed an eye problem on the way back to Infinity B at about midday. We were worried about the possibility of a detached retina.
It was a carnival day there were no buses. So Quentin the Belgian boyfriend one of the girls from Centre de Plongee des Ilets volunteered to take us to the Hospital. First we went to Bass Terre Hospital about 40 mins south but they had no eye specialist available. So Quentin very kindly drove us another 1 1/2 hours to The Emergency Unit at The Hospital at Pionte Pitre. We arrived at about 16.00. Mandy was seen very quickly and found to have high blood pressure and was booked to an Opthalmic Specialist, which we did at about 18.30. Meantime we had called our friends Rennee & Christian from Nemo de Mare who were in the marina nearby. Mandy was found to have detached vitreous humor and told to see another specialist in a month. We then met up with Rennee & Christian at 19.00 and watched the carnival.
Quentin collected us at about 20.40. We eventually got back on board at 22.00. The dive centre, Quentin, Rennee, Christian and the French medical system were e all superb - Thank You.
So we have postponed the remainder of our dive trips until we return in November/December. So we plan to have some restful days before we set up to Antiqua.

Diving in Pigeon Island

01 March 2017 | Pigeon Island- Guadeloupe
Mandy
We are spending a few days in Guadeloupe while some strong winds blow through the Caribbean.
A couple of nights ago we dragged our anchor and gently bumped into another boat and had to re-anchor in the dark! Luckily no damage to either boat.
We have now moved to a less weedy place and although it was a wet and windy night we are still in the same place this morning and we have only 5 knots of wind.
We have done a deal with one of the dive clubs and are diving with them every morning this week so will hopefully learn to take less weight and breath less air! Today we will take the GoPro.
Afternoon trips will hopefully include a trip to the chocolate factory. We don't have wifi here so can only be contacted via boat mail.

Three Lines and No Fish

27 February 2017 | Riverre Sens - Guadeloupe
Frank & Mandy
We left Dominica at just before dawn and just as well we did. About 40 minutes after we left a massive and continuous squall came across Prince Rupert Bay.
We avoided a real soaking. Several other squalls went across hitting The Saintes and Guadeloupe but missed us. For the second day we had 3 fishing lines out but caught nothing. We had one strike and that was it.
We arrived late morning in Guadeloupe to find everything shut for carnival week. We were not even able to check in. We may try to walk to the castle at Basse Terre today and then move up the coat to Pigeon Island.

Safe Arrival at Sunset

26 February 2017 | Portsmouth - Prince Rupert Bay - Dominica
Frank & Mandy
We left at dawn from St Anne's at the southern end of Martinique and arrived 12 hours latter at dusk at Prince Rupert Bay at the northern end of Dominica.
Despite having 3 fishing lines out we could nothing!
There is a strong wind forecast for Monday so we are leaving at dawn again today to get to Guadeloupe before the weather deteriorates.
It will be a real struggle to get Mandy up early 2 days running!

Repaired and Ready To Go

25 February 2017 | St Anne's - Martinique
Frank and Mandy
We dropped into see S/Y Henrietta for tea in the morning.
We got the hydraulic rear-stay back from the riggers after lunch and looks like new.
We re-fitted it in the afternoon and all works well. It makes a huge difference.
We had a great evening with our German Shepherd owning neighbobours from Gran Lago.
The new batteries are holding much more charge which is another problem solved.
It's been a great stop in Martinique, good walking, good supermarkets, good marine services and lots of OCC friends.
The blog has now reached 27,000 viewings...... so thank you all for your continued interest.
It's 04.30 here, I've put the washing up away, made tea and we plan to leave in an hour for Dominica. If I can wake Mandy up!

250 Kg of Lead and No Rubber

24 February 2017 | St Anne's - Martinique
Frank and Mandy
Our batteries were on their last legs.
We totally depend on them for all the electronics, the fridges, lighting, the windlass, the winches and furlers for the main sail and Genoa.
We have 4 huge 12v 225 ah batteries each weighing 63 kg and connected together to give us a bank of 24v.
Yesterday we went to the dock and replaced them with help from Caribe Marine. But my back still hurts!
We are still waiting for a small rubber seal for the hydraulic rear-stay tensioner which is promised for today.
As soon as it arrives we will be off before the strong winds return.

Rock and Roll and Another Rescue

21 February 2017 | St Annes - Martinique
Frank and Mandy
Yesterday we me up first thing with Chis and Dave on Platina to help them move their boat to the dock in Le Marin for some new stainless steel work.
We then went on to collect our hydraulic rear-stay tensioner which we found would now not be ready until Friday.
So after a delightful lunch with Platina in The Sextant we headed back across the bay to St Annes in our dinghy.
The weather forecast was for light winds.
But the wind was building fast and had turned through 180 degrees and the clouds were getting very grey.
The ride back was wet and bumpy and the seas were building.
Infinity B had swung right round into shallow water and was rocking and rolling about violently.
It was a struggle to get back on board.
All the other boats in the bay were having trouble too and several were having to re-anchor.
We lifted the anchor and re-positioned the boat int deeper water and lifted our dinghy.
The wind was howling and we spotted a guy nearby on a dinghy having engine trouble and managed to get him aboard safely.
The rain was torrential.
Eventually the the dinghy owner made a run for his own boat, broke down again and was blowing off down wind.
We managed to signal a fisherman with our horn to rescue him and take him safely to his boat.
The seas are still rough but the wind is subsiding and all is well.

Hiking and Socialising

21 February 2017 | St Annes - Martinique
Frank and Mandy
We are having a very pleasant time in St Aness.
There are lots of OCC boats here some of which we have not met at all, others we have not met for a long time.
So there is much socialising.
We are also doing many walks and generally keeping fit and busy.
We should be collecting our repaired hydraulic tensioner today so we will be able to put the rear-stay back together.
We are hoping to continue North tomorrow

Wobbly Mast

18 February 2017 | Le Marin - Martinique
Frank & Mandy
All is well and we arrived in Martinique early afternoon yesterday. We had a tight beat up from St Lucia with full main and full genoa.
As the wind picked up the mast developed a slight wobble due to insufficient tension on the rear-stay.
So we furled some main sail and that cured it. We are on a buoy in the marina and took the hydraulic rear-stay for a rebuild. It will be ready by Tuesday.
We are now off to provision up and will leave here at lunch time to go in St Annes Bay with a number of other OCC boats.

Odd Jobs and Hiking

17 February 2017 | Rodney Bay - St Lucia
Frank & Mandy
The chart plotter knob and hatch hinges that Max & Berry sent out arrived safely yesterday. So that's another couple of minor jobs I can get on with.
Yesterday I replaced the fuel lifting pump on Altair, it was a bit fiddly but did not take to long. I also checked Breezing Up's watermaker, it seems like it needs a new membrane which they have now ordered.
It the afternoon we went for a very pleasant walk in the National Park at Pigeon Island right next to us. We also met up with another OCC vessel Sea Bunny who have sailed round the world. Today we are going to fuel up and head North to Martinique

Good Advice from MIke & Jean

15 February 2017 | Rodney Bay - St Lucia
Frank & Mandy
We arrived in Rodney Bay at 16.00 yesterday.
A mixed voyage. Strong winds, light winds and variation in wind direction. But the seas were calm.
Mike and Jean's suggestion on hugging the North coast of St Vincent before setting off to St Lucia paid dividends and saved having to do a long tack.
We are anchored just of Pigeon Island.
We now have to check in and visit the chandlery. Mandy just loves spending money in the chandlery!!

Diving and Departure

14 February 2017 | Admiralty Bay - Bequai
Frank and Mandy
We had another great dive with Dive Adventures of Bequai yesterday morning. We dived right off the western edge of the cays. Our most challenging dive to date in very rolly conditions.
It's 02.30 here and I'm up to check the anchor.
We plan to leave at dawn 06.00 for St Lucia. It will be another tough sail with a hard beat to wind. We should arrive early evening.
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Vessel Name: Infinity B - GBR 583R
Vessel Make/Model: Najad 460 /22 - Call Sign 2FWJ4 - Sail No GBR583R - UK No 918877
Hailing Port: Harwich U.K.
Crew: Frank Hatfull and Amanda Lerse
About:
We are now both Semi-Retired and this is our third season in The Caribbean. We previously owned Najad 380 – Tantrum of Abersoch covered about 10,000 nm in her We bought Infinity B in Sweden in 2012 so we could go Blue Water Cruising in her. [...]
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Who: Frank Hatfull and Amanda Lerse
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