01/18/2011, Chatham Bay, Union Island, St. Vincent & the Grenadines, West Indies
I haven't been able to blog in a while, so I apologize. We've been down to Grenada, and back to Union Island. Chatham Bay is a huge bay on the west, or 'other', side of Union Island. We came here on the recommendation of some friends that we just met in Sandy Island, Grenada. They are from Seattle, so we were excited to meet them.
Grenada is seemingly richer than most Caribbean countries. St. Lucia had that feeling as well. We stayed about a week in Prickly Bay and another few days in St. George's. Prickly Bay is a popular anchorage in Grenada, and St. George's is the capitol. I have no idea why Prickly Bay is so popular. It is lined with expensive houses with a ship chandlery, marina, and couple of restaurants. It is protected, but it isn't the only protected bay around.
St. George's is a "big" city. ('Big' meaning it can take cruise ships and freighters.) There are two harbors, the main one and the 'Lagoon'. No anchoring in the main one and the 'Lagoon' is mostly taken up by a huge, fancy, expensive, mega-yacht type marina. The first time we went, we had to set a stern anchor. The second time, we anchored on 3:1 for about an hour while we got our free Wi-Fi.
Now we are anchored in Chatham Bay. It is a nice place, and is rather secluded. There are three restaurant and bar combos and one just restaurant. There also appears to be a resort. There's good snorkeling over by the point.
Right now our plan is to have no plan, so I have no idea where we'll be going next. Probably the Tobago Cays, but who knows.
01/05/2011, Clifton Harbor, Union Island, St. Vincent & the Grenadines, West Indies
Today we were supposed to leave St. Vincent & the Grenadines. 'Supposed' is the operative word there. Now our plans are to head to the island of Carriacou tomorrow, which is in the country of Grenada.
So far, the only thing worth mentioning is Orion's birthday. If you're thinking that the Orion I mean is a constellation, then you may want to know that I am talking about my friend on s/v 'Juno'. But, back to Orion's birthday. Unfortunately he only got one present (from his grandparents, I think)
01/02/2011, Union Island, St. Vincent & the Grenadines, West Indies
Well, as you probably noticed, yesterday was one of the four big days of the year. The days with only 1's in the date. It was also New Year's Day, which may or may not be important, depending on who or where you are. Where we are, it is of little consequence. However, on the islands, it offers the locals a new way of greeting when they come out to our boat to try to sell diesel, water, lobster, mooring buoys, etc. which I just found out today. Since we spent the New Year in a small, out-of-the-way anchorage called Windward Bay on Mayreau Island, we didn't have many vendors come out to our boat. Now that we're on Union Island, that's all changed, because Union Island is much busier than Windward Bay.
There are several reasons we came here. For one, we are running low on food (rather important). For another, s/v 'Juno' is here, and has been for several days. For yet another reason, Union Island is close by and we wanted to move somewhere.
12/22/2010, Port Elizabeth, Bequia, St. Vincent & the Grenadines, West Indies
A lot has happened since we left Rodney Bay two days ago. Most importantly, we've arrived at the place where we are going to spend Christmas. That's also another important thing that's happened - Christmas is coming up in three days (I'm sure you know this, but just making sure!) and we've met up with our friends from s/v Juno. We are planning to spend Christmas on Bequia with them.
But for now, we're just relaxing and enjoying a very green pre-Christmas. I am sincerely hoping that we don't get a white Christmas like so much of the rest of the world is experiencing.
12/16/2010, Rodney Bay, St. Lucia, West Indies
First off...sorry for not being able to blog on the crossing. In case you didn't notice, I did post a blog on my dad's site, but only one. Now I'm making up on lost time.
The ARC was fun for being an Atlantic crossing. We had a mid-way party so, even though we had it on the midway point on rhumb line distance and not distance sailed, it helped give us something else to look forward to.
Now that we're in Rodney Bay, we've started to relax. Well, actually, let me put it a different way. Now that we're in Rodney Bay, we've finished cleaning, and my mom has arrived we're starting to relax.
We just got back from the costume party. Since most everybody was scattered about, we gave up the costumes and went in our team gear. And that was just me, my mom, and my dad. My mom and I left early, so we didn't actually meet Andy, Tim, and Tim's family.
Well, that's about it. The last party is on the 18th and that one is the prize giving ceremony.
11/20/2010, Las Palmas, Spain
As you can probably see, we are only one day away from the start of the ARC. Today has been a chaotic scramble to get ready. Andy and Tim have gone on some last minute shopping at Hiperdino, the midsized supermarket near the marina. The rest of the crew (me, my dad, and Elise) are cleaning the bilge, not necessarily the most pleasing task.
We checked out this morning. It was difficult, though, because we hadn't checked in! We tried for a long time, but no one wanted to check us in. In Trapani we walked across town to try to check in, but we weren't successful.
I'll post some photos of Las Palmas on my dad's blog if I can.