Good-byes and a an early startMarkus
27-Feb-2008, St. Lucia, Anse de Pitons
We left Bequia this morning at 4 am to make the 52 nm to St. Lucia against contrary winds before nightfall. It turned out that the wind direction wasn't all that bad and we added a mere 5 nm by tacking. Now we're on a mooring between the Pitons again and will stay here for 2 days to explore Souffriere and its surroundings.
Grenada and the GrenadinesNana
We have had a lovely month of cruising the Grenadines and Grenada with Laura on board, exactly the kind of island-hop cruising I hoped to do in the Caribbean. Heading south was a dream with the winds aft of the beam (mostly from behind); we only had to unroll the genoa and we were off. Going with the wind and waves, you barely feel the force of either (going the other way, as we have discovered since, is the opposite!). We arrived at Prickly Bay after a longish day south and there not only reached Grenada, but also the southernmost point of our trip - 11°59.59 North. Grenada, with its friendly people and laid back atmosphere, is one of our favorite places so far. There are absolutely no hassles and so many beautiful things to see, and kind locals willing to tell us all about their island. We rented a car for 2 days and circled all of Grenada. In the mountains, we hiked to two waterfalls where the pool formed by the 15 meter upper falls drops right into the 10 meter second fall directly under it. We spent time on the beach as well, and Nicky, on his own initiative, tried swimming without his swim wings with some success. A landmark for him.
Turtles, Sting Rays, and the Dark Side of the MoonMarkus
21-Feb-2008, Tobago Cays
We are in the Tobago Cays again, this time on our way back up north. We arrived yesterday afternoon after a very nice day sail from Tyrell Bay, Carriacou, and had a very special greeting: Right after we had dropped our anchor there were two big sea turtles (Nicky is still working on identifying the specific type with his little field guide), popping their heads out right next to our boat. It turned out that they belonged to a group of 5-6 turtles who were feeding off a grassy patch on the seabed a short distance from our anchor spot. They did not mind when we snorkled over to watch them and just kept munching away (guess they are used to visitors...). And just after everyone as back on the boat we saw two sting rays passing by us across the seabed (we are anchored in about 3m and you can clearly see the to the bottom). Definitely a lot more wild life during our first hour here than during our entire previous visit about 10 days ago.
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