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Adventures of North Star
Follow the Adventures of Kim and Steve aboard their yacht North Star!
Nevis to Antigua
sunny and warm
03/07/2010, Jolly Harbour and St John's

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We left Charleston and headed around the southern end of Nevis and straight into some pretty big waves that we took over the bow. As we got further away from Nevis the waves settled down into a better rhythm and we made the crossing to Antigua. This was about 40 miles and took most of the day. We arrived in Jolly Harbour before sunset and picked up a mooring ball sheltered from the waves. This area is very protected and the water is as flat as a lake. We spent the first few days exploring Jolly Harbour, getting groceries and doing a few boat chores. Yesterday, Saturday, we used the public bus system to get to St. John's. The cost was only 13 EC's for four people each way, which is about $8 round trip, much less expensive than our last rental car experience. We explored the town with the local fish market, local produce and locals just selling whatever they had. We looked through the shops at Redcliffe Quay and Heritage Quay. There were roads and roads of endless shops. We went to St John's Cathedral at the end of town. It is over 150 years old and had a sign posted on the door stating that a church member was injured on a cracked floor and they have had to recently close the building. The congregation is trying to raise $10 million dollars for repairs to the Church.
We have been reading about Antigua and have found it has 365 beaches and many anchorages. I think this is a place you could spend quite some time exploring. We will probably move the boat to another anchorage in the next few days.

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Nevis February 2010
03/05/2010

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We have changed the way our blog is arranged. Photos will now be seen in the photo gallery and arranged by island or event. Please be sure to check this out. We wanted to be able to post more photos and this will allow more of a gallery instead of just a few snap shots. We are also trying to keep updated the position on the map. Click on the map to see the longitude and latitude of where we are.

We left St. Kitts and made the short sail to Nevis. We picked up a mooring ball outside of the main town of Charleston, cleared customs and picked up the rental car. It was late afternoon when we arrived and we decided to make a sunset trip around the island. Small and local run shops and businesses seem to be the norm. We did see a speedway on the windward side of the island and saw in a brochure they have horse racing.
We found a great place for lunch on Sunday. We headed up through Gingerland to a place called Golden Rock Estate. It is an old estate built in the 1950's. It has recently been renovated and the grounds with the landscaping, colors view were spectacular. It is one of my favorites so far. We had a great lunch surrounded by beautiful flowers and a great view. We could see Redonda but not the neighboring island today. We toured the grounds after lunch and went for a walk on one of the trails. There were monkeys in the trees all around the hotel and restaurant. The trail was full of aerial roots that hung down onto the path. The inn is spread out on 96 acres. We spent the rest of the afternoon driving around the island. We drove to the property of The Hermitage. They have several Belgian horses on the grounds and acres of homes high up in the hills.

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03/06/2010 | Elane Huprich
Sounds like a great place. Loved the photos. We miss you. ll is well here.
02/28/2010

Brimstone Hill

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02/28/2010

Brimstone Hill Fortess

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02/28/2010

monkey family

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02/28/2010

monkey

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02/28/2010

Looking to the north.

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02/28/2010

South end of St Kitts. Our boat is anchored to right of photo. Lots of monkeys in this area.

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02/28/2010

Town St Kitts

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St. Kitts
02/28/2010

We arrived in St. Kitts after another trip of motoring. We are not having very good luck with the wind blowing in a favorable direction for where we want to go lately. We anchored and cleared customs. There is only one marina on St. Kitts, but it was small and full. The winds are still out of the south and we are exposed and rolling. So we headed over to White House Bay and anchored for the night. This spot is about an hour sail from the main town. We planned on getting a rental car so this was not a problem. We spent the next day getting the rental car and looking around Basseterre, the main town. It was very crowded and driving was in very close quarters. The town was full of old buildings, Independence Square and a beautiful old church. The cruise ships do dock here and a shopping area that looks brand new has been built in Porte Zante for the cruise ship passengers.
The next day we headed to Brimstone Hill Fortress National Park. On the way we saw a dozen or so of the vervet monkeys. We read they were in the area where we anchored the boat but had not seen any yet. The fortress was built in 1690. It is in great shape and was 96 acres in size. After our tour of the fort we completed our tour around the island.
The Caribbean Cinemas was right outside of town so we did see a few movies while we were here.
This morning we left to head to Nevis, but before leaving we snorkeled a tug boat wreck right next to our anchorage and cleaned the bottom of North Star.

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