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Namani at Sea
The travels of Nana, Markus and Nick aboard Namani
New Pictures / Neue Bilder
25-Mar-2008

We added some new pictures to the "St. Lucia to Antigua" album in the photo gallery and also to the "Krabbelgruppe at Sea" album - enjoy!

As an aside - it truly is a small world: next to us here outside Jolly Harbour on Antigua we met Baghera and its crew today. They were tied across from in Gibraltar lat October and crossed the Atlantic about a month after we did...

03 - Caribbean Cruising
Back where we started ...
Markus
23-Mar-2008, Jolly Harbour, Antigua

The north swell finally subsided and we left Deshaies this morning for Antigua ... a very nice 48 nm close/beam reach between 6 and 7 knots ... now anchored outside Jolly Harbour from where we had set out for our Caribbean cruising during the first week of January.

Originally we had planned to arrive in Antigua already last Thursday with Jez and Tab still aboard but the pesky north swell kept us pinned in Deshaies (after an overnight stop in Marie Galante and three days in Les Saintes). We rented a car for two days and got to explore the quite beautiful inland of Guadeloupe before we dropped off our Australian guests at the airport in Point a Pitrč from where they continued to New York for a week of "urban vacation". It was great to spend a week aboard Namani with you - have fun in the big city now!

Deshaies (on the NW end of Guadeloupe) provided pretty good protection from the northern swell that peaked last Thursday morning at about 17 ft in the north eastern Caribbean. The local police had advised us to go to the southern end of Guadeloupe for shelter but the local fisherman were quite confident that their bay would be safe to anchor in and they proved to be right. Together with perhaps 15 other boats in th bay we sat through two somewhat rocky nights but felt quite comfortable and safe overall. Getting to meet the crews of Finnish, German and French boats close to us was an added bonus.

Now we plan to spend two nights outside Jolly Harbour (missing the company of Sea Bright with whom we were here before) and then to go to the northern side of Antigua to anchor off Bird Island - said to be a beautiful spot protected by coral reefs. Stay tuned ...

03 - Caribbean Cruising
Sitting out the swell
Markus
18-Mar-2008, Deshaies, Guadelope

Anchored off Deshaies in NW Guadeloupe and will likely stay here tucked away until the weekend as there is some big northerly swell coming through this area over the next day... Not a bad spot to be stuck for a couple of days... will also give us the chance to explore some of the interior of Guadeloupe by car with Jez and Tab ... stay tuned for further updates...

03 - Caribbean Cruising

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