Great Bird Island
20 April 2010 | Great Bird Island, Antigua, WI
Having traveled afar yesterday and returned to the boat with a new throttle cable, and armed with a cup of tea and screwdrivers, by the end of the day, Quasar IV was back up and working again. A great Thai beef curry for dinner, an early night, and the end of a very tiring day. This morning, a short trip into Parham to look at the church and the surrounding views was folled by a 3 Nm motor from Parham Harbour to Great Bird Island where we are currently anchored. Sailing this route was not really feasible, as it passes between numerous coral reef heads, shoals, and obstructions that really do need to be avoided. We set off at 1030 am to make maximum use of the light in showing the coral when viewed through polaroid sunglasses which are essential out here for this type of navigation. We motored along slowly and reached our destination after about an hour, dropped anchor, admired the outstanding view, then went swimming for an hour, cleaning the side of the boat mainly. We noticed a 6 feet long blue mark with a big chip in our gel coat on the starboard side of the boat which was most likely caused by some one trying to get on board when they thought we were both ashore. For such a peaceful spot, we were surprised this happened in Parham. Still, no major damage that is not easily fixed, nothing stolen, and a sharp reminder to lock hatches at night again, which we always do, despite the hot climate. Our current location at Great Bird Island looks idyllic and is apparently excellent for snorkeling on the numerous reefs surrounding us, so that's for tomorrow after breakfast.