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Season 5 begins of five months or five years - October 30th, 2015
Antigua to St. Maarten

First of all, we would like to thank all our family and friends that have visited with us over the past few months. It was great to see all of you and we are really looking forward to seeing everyone in June when we are coming home for the summer. The sail from Antigua to St. Maarten lasted about four hours and then a squall came through and the wind direction changed and was almost nonexistent. We ended up motoring the rest of the day. Michael had a great day fishing though...first a barracuda which he released and not twenty minutes later he caught a tuna. By sunset we were about ten miles from St. Barts and decided that we would anchor there for the evening. It was a little tricky getting in and then trying to find a place to anchor when the majority of the boats do not bother to put on their anchor lights. We finally found a spot and dropped anchor...had a quick dinner and then went to bed. When we awoke in the morning we discovered we were anchored in the middle to a mooring field.....wondered what the banging was in the middle of the night but could not see anything when Michael went out check. Red mooring balls are impossible to see at night. We are now anchored in Marigot Bay which is on the French side of St. Maarten and will spend the next few weeks here before heading back to Antigua. At St. Maarten is duty free, it's a great place to get parts and fix things. Number one on the list is to fix the wind generator or replace it. The snuba also needs a new regulator and the fridge is acting up again. The front controller for the windlass also decided to pack it in when we hauling anchor in St. Barts.....thankful that we also have a control in the cockpit and the old one that we used before we left. You never seem to have too many spare parts...sometimes finding them in the boat is a bit of a challenge though. Hopefully we will be able to fix everything before heading back to Antigua for the Classic boat regatta and sail week. If not, we will do it when we come back after our holiday back home.
Michael and I would like to wish all our family and friends a Happy Easter and be kind to the bunnies.
Forgot one more beer, wine and really good food. Buy ten cases of beer at ten euros each and get one free. How many do we think we bought?

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04/01/2013 | Rich Boyles
I would guess the standard order...20 cases
04/05/2013 | Dorothy Mitchell Brooks
what an adventure and so nice that you had so many family members come to visit.. put me down for next year for sure! of course we will see you in St Maarten in a few days.. beers on the Boardwalk in Phillipsburg.. life is grand..
10/23/2014 | maxwell
you have a blog why didn't you tell me i have one to i will show you when i am in tronto for the wedding
Antigua and Barbuda

On February 24th we took a cab to the airport to pick up our daughter Lachlan. It took her over 24 hours to get here from Edmonton. We were in Jolly Harbor again and would stay here until Adrian and Randy arrive on Wednesday. On Monday, Lachlan, Michael, Stan and Elizabeth took me out for my birthday to the local pizza place and had a great meal and some amazing deserts. Tuesday, we were off on the local bus to St. John's which is the capital of Antigua. We wondered around the market and town but when were heard that someone had been shot in town decided it was time to leave. The boys arrived on Wednesday evening and it was decided that we would move first thing in the morning over to Carlisle Bay. Michael took Adrian and Lachlan to the reef for some snorkeling. The next day back over to Falmouth Harbor to see the sites and show the kids (and Randy to) how the rich and famous live. We spent a day there and made our way back to Jolly Harbor and from there we would go to Barbuda. As it turned out there was absolutely no wind and had to motor all the way....we did see our first whale. This island was a disappointment as there was nothing to do here unless you wanted to lie on the beach. The visibility of the water was very poor because of the swells which also did not make for a very comfortable anchorage. Needless to say we left and made our way back to Antigua again with no wind. This time we saw a bunch of sharks and another whale....Adrian saw a dolphin and some turtles. The next day back over to Falmouth Harbor and on the way back saw Lionheart , one of the super J's here practicing for the next regatta. We followed around and took pictures before heading back into the anchorage. We dropped Adrian and Randy off at the taxi stand and headed back to the boat to get ready for our next round of guests. Jason (Michaels oldest son) and Tania were due to arrive on Wednesday afternoon.....stay tuned they are the non-sailors in the family.

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Antigua Bound

Six thirty we pulled anchor, raised the sails (of course they were reefed) and started sailing north. There were a few options as to where to spend the night, The Sainte's which was 19 miles away, Pigeon Island 40 miles or Deshaies 50 miles in Guadeloupe. As it turned out we again crossed the open water passage between Dominica and Guadeloupe in no time at all. We decided that we would head straight to Deshaies as the weather forecast for the next few days would only allow us to spend one night in Guadeloupe unless we wanted to stay a few days. We choose option one even though the wind was up the next morning we decided to push on. It was actually a great sail and we arrived in Jolly Harbor, Antigua on Feb 17th. Michael went into town to check in with customs and immigration and when he returned we spent the rest of the afternoon just relaxing. Speaking of relaxing, all of a sudden someone was whistling and calling us in the anchorage. It was Paul and Joan Bevilacqua from Sarah Song who was there vacationing with some friends that live in Jolly Harbor and also used to be members of EYC. The next day we went into town to check out the possibility of hauling and storing the boat here for the summer and also found the local grocery store. To our surprise it was a real grocery store like back home. This was the first time we had seen a prime rib which was really tempting to buy but a 24.00 lb US, I think not. The next day we motored around the corner and visited with Lance and Susie from Queen Emma and that evening we saw the green flash at sunset. The last time we saw a green flash was when we were anchored in Big Major Spot in the Bahamas. On Tuesday, we got up and headed over to Falmouth Harbor as we wanted to watch the start of the Caribbean 600. We did not make for the start but our good friends Stan and Elizabeth from Dream Walker got some great pictures and shared them with us. The first boat in sailed the course in just over 40 hours.....I really cannot imagine sailing that fast. We have been checking out the neighborhood as this is where the largest sailboats and motor yachts in the world are anchored/docked right now. For example, there is tender called Garsone which is 180 feet long and has a helicopter and numerous other boats on deck and the mother ship is called Ace which is 283 feet long. The Maltese Falcon is also here now which is 289 feet long. It winters here and summers in Monte Carlo. Now if you have unlimited funds and want to charter a boat here, Athena (295 feet) is available at a cool million dollars a month. So, here we are anchored in the lap of luxury waiting for our kids and Randy to arrive.

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Dominica – Feb 4th to Feb 14th

The trip from Ste. Pierre to Roseau is about 40 nautical miles which includes 26 miles of open water passage between the two islands. When sailing through these open waters the winds and sea state always seem to be more than forecasted so the best thing to do is prepare early for what will come up when you are in the open water. We left with a single reef and full jib but by the time we reached the cut we had to reduce the jib down to about a third. It was a bit of a hobby horse ride across but we made it quickly and comfortably. It seems so strange now looking back to our sailing experiences on Lake Ontario when it was blowing 20 knots that you probably were not leaving the dock. If you wait here for lights winds and really calm seas you would not get very far.
We got the last available mooring in Roseau thanks to another Canadian that had arrived the day before and reserved one for us. You need to be on a mooring here as the water is close to a 100 feet deep within two or three boats lengths from shore. The only other option is to stern anchor which you drop you anchor in the deep water and hope it catches and then tie a line to your stern and attach it to something on shore. We spent the a few days here checking out the town which is the capital of Dominica. Michael went scuba diving again and the highlight of the dive was seeing a seahorse.
From Roseau we headed 20 miles up the coast to Portsmouth. When we stopped here back July we met one of the boat guys and told him when we returned that we wanted to go on a tour up the Indian River. The next morning he picked us up and we proceeded up the river which you can only row your boat. It was an interesting trip and he told us all about the history of the river and the Carib Indians that used to live along the river banks. Pirates of the Caribbean ll was also filmed in the river.
It was now time to get to Antigua as the weather window was shortening up every day and we wanted to arrive with sometime to get the lay of the land before our guests arrive.

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10/23/2014 | maxwell
is that real sea horese or not
On the Move Again - Martinique

We spent our last week in Bequia with Kim and Sandy. There was the usual tour of the island, the ferry over to St. Vincent for the day and just hanging out. All of our guests have come and gone now and it was time to start moving further north for our next round of guests. Michael dropped Kim and Sandy off at the Frangiepangie for one last round of drinks before Champ, one of the local taxi drivers took them to the airport. I am sure we were out of Bequia before Kim and Sandy left the airport. Our next stop was going to be Martinique which was about 100 miles. We pulled anchor around 1:30 and dropped anchor the next morning in Ste. Anne, Martinique. It was what is described here as a spirited sail with a single reef and about a third of our jib out we reached speeds of over 10 knots will surfing down the swells. We spent a few days provisioning as this island is so developed that they even have Macdonald's. We had not seen one since we left Florida. Once the beer and wine was loaded up we had another awesome sail around to Ste. Pierre. Here we met up with Cheetah ll and would sail the next leg with them to Domincia.

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Bequia – January 17, 2013

First of all we would like to wish everyone a Happy New Year....late as it is. We have been very busy since our last update. Colin and Charlene joined us again this year for Christmas and New Year's. We had a wonderful time with them and this year we were actually able to go sailing and show them around a few of the beautiful islands in the St. Vincent and the Grenadines. We dropped them off at Young's Cut in St. Vincent and waited there for Bob and Mariola to arrive. We spent a few days in St. Vincent with them exploring the island as the sea conditions were pretty nasty. Once things settled down we sailed back over to Bequia and then over to Tobago Cays. Tobago Cays is a real "wow". There three small islands surrounded by reefs which make them a great place to snorkel, swim and just hang out. This is also a very popular spot for kite boarding and wind surfing. The waters are filled with turtles all kinds of fish....even sharks and large barracuda. Bob and Mariola left the other day which gives us a few days to clean up and get ready for Kim and Sandy to arrive on Sunday. The Bequia music festival starts next week and I am sure we will be partaking in the festivities. The Mustique blues festival is also going on in the next week and we hope to get over there as we have not seen this island yet.
This chain of islands has to be our favorite so far. It seems each of the islands has their own flavor from the fruit and vegetable stands in Union Island, the awesome water in Tobago Cays, the number of cruiser's in Bequia and the big city of Kingston in St. Vincent which has grocery stores almost like the ones at home. The people are all very friendly in the islands and it has been a great experience for us so far.

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