Christian Allaire's Sailing Life

COME WITH ME ABOARD S/V CHRISTA FOR A RIDE AROUND THE BLUE PLANET STARTING SEPTEMBER 2007

30 December 2010 | San Francisco Bay Area
28 April 2010 | Naples Florida
08 January 2010 | Naples Florida
10 November 2009 | St Thomas USVI
25 October 2009 | Grenada
18 September 2009
01 July 2009 | St Davids, South Coast of Grenada
16 May 2009
12 May 2009
06 May 2009 | Bequia
29 April 2009 | Bequia
22 April 2009 | Bequia
17 April 2009
12 April 2009 | Marigot Bay St Lucia
10 April 2009 | Rodney Bay St Lucia
03 April 2009 | Rodney Bay St Lucia
02 April 2009 | Rodney Bay St Lucia

View From the Spreaders in Bequia

06 May 2009 | Bequia
Capt Chris
Anchored Tony Gibbons Beach Admiralty Bay, Bequia
St Vincent and the Grenadines
13 00.6'N 061 14 4'

As per usual each day seems to blend into the next. The only real interruption to the daily cycle has been the changing weather pattern from the usual winter dry to the stormy squall laden saturated sky of summer. The squally weather is the excuse I use to keep me pinned in my lovely anchorage. I took the picture the other day around noon time. You can see the proximity to the beach and the beach bar tucked into the corner. The morning time is my time. I'm up early daily, sit in my folding chair in the cockpit and watch the sun rise above the hills and then baths the palms and beach in piercing sunlight. I quickly become heated and to quell the heat, I take a swim to the beach and then stride down to the other end of the beach. Beautiful. It is my routine.

Just as in a normal neighborhood, folks need to get along and respect others style and proclivities. To control some communities form associations to exert more control over eccentricities. Now in the sailing world their are standards of behavior, unwritten rules and just general good seamanship habits. Things are a little more complicated in an anchorage full of folks with different nationalities. It pains me to say that generally the American charter crowd are loud and obnoxious. While this is irritating it is not risky. But the French bar none are the worst. They insist on anchoring squarely on top of you. It happens over and over again. To my mind, a cushion of space is needed in the event of an anchor dragging or any number of unknowables. It drives me crazy. The habit surely derives from MED cruising. Apparently the MED has little room anywhere so folks are much more comfortable banging into one another. Of course the MED is where most French begin sailing. But here in the Caribbean we have a little more room. It's like this. If a couple are the only ones in a movie theater, a French person would choose a seat right next to the couple. Yesterday, just as one French boat that was onto of me was pulling their anchor another French boat came in moments later and much to my dismay anchored even closer. They are 30 feet away most of the time, but gets closer when the wind starts its weird dance during squally weather. Now I could ask them to move, but this would become my daily routine. And then of course the French spend about half the day naked. What can you do? This is not to imply that they are not nice, as most are quick to smile and wave. These are simply cultural differences that I'm learning to roll with.

So the aforementioned squally weather is still around but I'd like to get moving. So I may pull up my anchor (that sits underneath the French boat) and sail 23 miles south to the island of Mayreau. This would be the gateway to the Tobago Cays National Park which look wonderful. I'll then steam 3 miles to Union Island where I will check out of St Vincent and the Grenadines and then head to Carriacou where I'll check into Grenada. Then I plan on sailing down the windward side of Grenada to St. Davids Harbor on the south coast.

Capt Chris
Comments
Vessel Name: Christa
Vessel Make/Model: 1975 Westsail 32
Hailing Port: San Francisco
Crew: Christian Allaire
About: Single Handed Sailor
Extra:
I left Newport Rhode Island in September of 2007 aboard Christa, my Westsail32 bound for the worlds oceans. I spent the months of Sep-Dec 2007 sailing down the US east coast. In December of 2007 I made the jump to the Bahamas. February 2008 found me in Luperon Dominican Republic. After [...]
Christa's Photos - Christian Allaire's Sailing Life (Main)
No Photos
Created 23 December 2007
8 Photos
Created 23 December 2007
19 Photos
Created 23 October 2007
34 Photos
Created 8 October 2007
Pictures from the start of my Circumavigation September 2007
9 Photos
Created 3 October 2007
38 Photos
Created 3 October 2007

My Mug

Who: Christian Allaire
Port: San Francisco