What we do while Regenero Sleeps
15 May 2011
May 12, 2011
Last Sunday, which was mother’s day we left early–early from Grenada and took the milk run up to St. Kitts. We changed planes in Barbados, and spent several hours then stopped in St. Lucia, and changed planes again in Antigua finally arriving in St. Kitts just after 8pm, tired from a long day of doing nothing…but glad to be with dear friends again.
Monday dawned grey and with clouds obscuring the peaks of St. Kitts so we couldn’t see very much from the boat. We took a walk thru town and the newly reclaimed land where the cruise ship dock. They have done a great job here and the buildings are lovely. The people here are also very friendly, warm and helpful.
Tuesday we took a tour of the island and loved it even more. We stopped at a wonderful facility, the former Italian consulate (and boy can you tell it used to be Italian by the beautiful gardens) where the owner opens the property for people to use during the day, and has a shop where they make gorgeous things out of polished seashells, and also do framing in local woods and shells. Truly some of the most beautiful crafts we have seen to date. We saw a batik factory and monkeys in he rainforest and a 300 year old tree that I cannot imagine has survived thru so many hurricanes. We stopped for an amazing lunch at the Rawlins Plantation, a former sugar cane plantation which is now reclaimed as a boutique hotel that has villas set into the old mill tower and the other out building from the plantation. They also have an artist in residence and we were able to see the studio and the lovely works they create – all with a spectacular view down the sloping hillside to the sea. You can see St. Eustatia and St. Barts and even St. Martin in the far distance. We got back to the boat at around 3:30, a bit hot as the breeze is down and ready to relax.
Wednesday, we decided to take the ferry over to Nevis and tour that island.
The ferry trip is about 45 minutes and the sea was as flat as we have EVER seen it. Even thru the cut between the islands where the Atlantic flows thru was like a mill pond – unbelievable. Nevis is another lovely island with many restored Plantations converted into guest houses. While we were at the dock waiting to board the ferry, John met a man who called over and arranged for a driver to meet us and give us a full island tour. So when we got off the boat, Mr. Douglas was waiting. Nevis has hot springs, and what is reported to be the oldest hotel in the West Indies, the Hotel Bath which was built for people coming to take the waters. It is also home to over 12,000 monkeys (more than the human inhabitants) and feral donkeys, sheep, goats as well as many domesticated cows and horses. It is a very rural island, and a lovely one.
Today, Sandi needs to jump on a plane and go home to take care of some family business, and then John, Jim and I plan to head to St. Martin with the boat on forecasted flat seas tomorrow.
Friday, May 13th
Hanco heads to St. Martin
After a short nights sleep, which we all kept waking up to see if it was time to wake up yet, we finally got up between 3:30 and 4 am. We got moving around 4:45am, in the dark, cast off the lines and headed out of Port Zante. After loosing the tender and setting her up for towing behind the boat we set course and headed North to St. Martin. The sky began lightening about 5:15, and dawn was very grey with a few storms to the west of us. The rain eventually caught up with us, and followed us for an hour or so, then the day cleared and we spend the rest of the day with partly cloudy skies and beautiful blue sea. Cruising at 8 knts, across a mostly flat sea with only two other boats in our range was a wonderful crossing and we made St.Martin and were tied up at a dock just after 12noon (after the marina closed for lunch).
We had a light lunch, then after 2pm, when they opened up again we moved to our permanent slip. Actually, this is the same marina where we started our voyage on Regenero so it’s a bit of a homecoming for us. The weather went grey again, and rained quite a bit later in the evening. After a meatloaf dinner, we all turned in early and had a good long sleep!
Saturday, May 14, 2011
Saturday dawned bright and clear and Jim and I walked over to Serafina’s to get some breakfast breads. The pastry and bread is just as gorgeous as we remember and we very much enjoyed our first breakfast here of baguettes and croissants. We headed out in the tender to explore the lagoon and stopped at Budget Marine and Island Water world to see what was to be had. On the way, we ran into some friends of John and Sandy, and ended up rafted together in our dingys drifting in the lagoon chatting. We stopped at Lagoonies for Lunch and discovered a jazz singer with her saxophone entertaining the lunch crowd. A little hard to talk, but the music was very good, and a fun experience.
This evening we visited with the boat neighbors behind us, Sea Crest, who are based out of St.Martin for this visit to their boat. They have a sweet little 1 year old on board who charms everyone.