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Spruce left New Zealand at the end of May 2014. We had a wonderful time in NZ. We are now in Fiji and enjoying meeting the people of this friendly, welcoming country. In September we shall move west to Vanu-Atu, New Caledonia and on to Australia.
On our way to Man O'War Bay.
Sue & Andy Warman
28/Dec/2009, On Passage from Barbados to Tobago.

A quick visit to the shops in Bridgetown and then getting Spruce ready for sea. Only 120 sea miles to Tobago but everything needs to be properly stowed just the same as for a longer trip.

We are now 36 Miles from Barbados and only 83 Miles to our destination. We need to arrive during office hours to avoid overtime charges for clearing in to a new country, Trinidad & Tobago.

Spruce is going at about 6 knots on a Port reach (with the wind coming side on from the left hand side). The seas are quite choppy and the motion uncomfortable but will be only one night at sea. One thunder shower has already provided a wetting and another one is approaching now.

The Danish yacht "Navigo" is about 8 miles astern of us and we are periodically chatting on the VHF radio (short range). They have some friends who have joined them for the trip to Tobago, who must be finding this motion pretty unpleasant as they have had little time to become accustomed:-(

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More snorkeling and clearing out for Tobago.
Sue & Andy Warman
27/Dec/2009, Carlisle Bay & Bridgetown - Barbados.

A stroll around a very quiet Bridgetown this morning. Remember the way things used to be in the UK before Sunday opening... when Christmas day on a Friday meant the shops were shut for three full days ... well, that is how things still operate here.

A visit to "Tullulah" let us meet up with more contacts from the radio-ether, Shane and Ali left Brighton in July and we only know them through the MadLantic Net, they were caught in the calms and only arrived a couple of days ago. We should meet up again when we are both in the Grenadines in three or four weeks.

This afternoon Sue went for another swim on the wrecks with friends Brian and Sandi while Andy went off with Danish friends Michael and John to clear-out their boat "Navigo" and "Spruce" with authorisation to leave Barbados. That done we are now almost ready to leave for Tobago some 120 Miles to the South West tomorrow morning ... after a quick visit to the shops to stock up with fresh, bread, salad and milk .. we should set off about 11:30 local time that is 15:30 British time. Destination is Man O'War Bay and the town of Charlotteville in the North of Tobago.

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Bathsheba Village View
Sue & Andy Warman
27/Dec/2009, Bathsheba - Barbados.

...and here is a picture of the main street through Bathsheba.

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Bathsheba - not Bethesda at all:-)
Sue & Andy Warman
27/Dec/2009, Bathsheba - Barbados.

A bus ride across the island on Boxing day took us to Bathsheba (not Bethesda as reported in the last blog entry), a surf beach on the East Coast and facing the Atlantic swell pushed ashore by the trade winds. Fantastic light in the late morning sunshine and beautiful colours in the sea, sky and vegetation ashore, a very lush region.

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More Snorkeling with Fishes
Sue & Andy Warman
26/Dec/2009, Swimming on the Wrecks - Carlisle Bay - Barbados.

Another piccie from yesterday's snorkeling. Went bus riding up the East Coast to Bethesda today. A beautiful beach and coconuts from the palms at the top of the beach. Will post some of those pictures when we have rendered them down to a smaller file size.

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Snorkeling with Fishes
Sue & Andy Warman
25/Dec/2009, Swimming on the Wrecks - Carlisle Bay - Barbados.

A Christmas day highlight was snorkeling over the sunken wrecks in Carlisle Bay. The Sprucettes and Canadians, Steve and Nancy, from the sailing yacht "Toboggan", set off in our dinghies late in the morning when the sun was high and illuminating to swim with the fish. The visibility was a bit subdued due to sediment stirred up by the significant swell rolling into the bay but still quite exhilarating .. Steve took an underwater camera so we are able to share some images. Although not the first time swimming at these wrecks it was still a fantastic experience.

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