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Log of Harlequinn, a Lagoon 380 S2 Catamaran
Tucked in for Northeasterlies
04/15/2012, 17 15'N:62 40'W, White House Bay, St. Kitts

Still tucked in, flat waters but catabolic winds dancing off the hills and scooting across the bay with great glee, shooing minature clouds of spray in front of them.

Tucked in for Northeasterlies
04/14/2012, 17 15'N:62 40'W, White House Bay, St. Kitts

Yesterday in Saba was incredible. It started out with snorkeling in clear blue water, even the golden seaweed was beautiful lit by the morning sun. Beneath we swam with orange file fish, spotted trunk fish, black durgons, scrawled filefish, parrotfish, wrasses etc. plus a turtle or two. But there is only so long you can stay in the water before your fingers wrinkle up and you feel cold in spite of wearing a wet suit. So we climbed back aboard long enough to change into hiking gear and bounced around the corner to Fort Bay in the dinghy. Here we took a taxi ride up, up, up, to Windward to The Tropics, an open air restaurant perched on the hillside, as is everything on Saba. We had met the owner the day before when he gave us a lift up the hill to Bottom. After a lunch of conch ceviche and flank steak with pico de gallo and a shandy, we trudged uphill to the Museum, where the docent, an 8th generation Saban, was the best treat of all. From there we took the Crispen Tr ack first up stone stairs and then down the steep hillside. Steps were on one side, and where possible, a smooth track adjacent, all about 4 feet wide max. Stone walls lined a good part of the track and occasionally steep stairs would lead off to houses along the way. These tracks were the roads for most of Saban history! In about three hours we were down at our dinghy again, grateful to be heading back to a hot shower and compy bed. Unfortunatly, our weather report was not good, so we headed down to St. Kitts this morning, a calm 45 mile motor sail, to where we can safely wait out the predicted 25 plus not Northeasterlies with 10 foot seas.

Rocky Mountain High
04/12/2012, 17 38.4'N:63 15.4'W, Saba, N.A.

Mount Scenery at 3084 feet is the highest mountain in the Nederlands. "The Dutch love to climb it when they visit here," reported the man checking us into the national Park system, part of the clearing in process as Saba requires you pick up a mooring, if available, free of charge. He pointed out hiking trails, snorkeling sites and a coffee shop in "Bottom" run by a couple from Anchorage, that was up a very steep road leading from the tiny port facility. We were instantly offered a ride, which we gratefully accepted, to the Administrative center of Saba, spotless white buildings with red tin roofs, goats, flowers and friendly waves hello from everyone. We are moored off the cliffs in 50 feet of blue water we can see through to the sand bottom. Can't wait for tomorrow! Unfortunately, that will be our only day to explore as strong winds and a northerly swell are due in on Sunday, making the anchorage untenable.

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