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Leaving St Martin - again
01/06/2010

I see it's anowing again (still) in Rochester....
I've have spent the last 5 days since Beckie left preparing the boat for the next chapter. I will be leaving St Martin probably on Thursday to go down island. The plan as it looks right now is to be in the area of St Vincent by the 23rd of Jan to pick up Beckie for her next little taste of the Islands. We're planning on visiting Bequia, Union Island and Tobago Cay. I will island hop my way down (solo). The first island I will aim for is Antigua, about 90 miles from St Maarten. After Antigua the rest of the islands are only about 45 miles apart. The winds here have been a little flucky. Been mostly SE, with more S than E. Not the Christmas winds which are the usual fare here. About a 100 miles south of here the winds are back to the normal E trades so the sailing should be a little more reaching..... We'll see how it goes.
Anyhow, I am ready to leave St Marten and start out on my next adventure.
I'll leave the SPOT on for ya.
a
oh, in case you missed it, new pics in the gallery.

01/06/2010 | Heather Tackling
WOuld you be interested in taking along some regatta brochures and posters to drop off at each island as you go? this is for the 30th St.Maarten Heineken Regatta and we are looking for people to distribute to other yacht clubs, marine stores and so on on other islands?
01/06/2010 | Don and Deb
Antigua is beautiful (at least it was 10 years ago!)... we stayed at Sunsail in Boons Bay (not a good anchorage!) although Prickly Pear Island was pretty cool. We also sailed down to English Harbour to drop a few boats off for the oncoming hurricane (a story for next time over beers). Very safe and protected. Lots of facilities. What a spectacular sail! Are you going to Montserrat?
Back in St Martin
alan
12/30/2009, French side of St Martin

We're back in St. Martin.
We checked in on the French side this time. After an uneventful motor sail back to St Barts from Nevis in 8-12 foot swells, we visted Gustavia, the capital of St Barts. We spent a rolly night in Colomier and then left for our trip back to St Martin.
Beckie leaves today but before she goes she is leaving me with a few dozen homemade (boatmade) chocolate chip cookies.
Needless to say, I am going to miss having her around.
I have pictures to post in the gallery when I get a free moment.
Hope you all have a safe New Years....
alan

12/30/2009 | mom & dad
happy new year and may we find peace in the new year
01/02/2010 | Alexa
Happy New Year!!! Why is your spot transponder showing you is the middle of nowhere?
01/02/2010 | Mom & Dad
pictures are beautiful
01/02/2010 | Captn Ron
Again belated...but Happy New Year! Thought you might like some perspective. We're still here in the ROC. It's 10F. Lake effect snow everwhere!
Beckie's Keen Eye
12/30/2009, unnamed location

Beckie can spot a deer a half mile in the woods from a car doing 75 MPH or a bird in the tree 1000 yds away.
She's the one that spotted the Dolphins, the Octopus, the Lobsters,the Stingray and the Helmet Conch. Not bad for a first time snorkeler.
I must have been looking the other way.

12/31/2009 | Karin Beachner
You better keep her there with you to watch for sea monsters!!!
Have a great New Year!

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