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01/31/2010, Back in Bequia

When we last reported in we were in Saltwhistle Bay. The roll in there was so bad we could not wait to get ou of there. We sailed over to Chatham Bay on Union Island. Now, there is paradise. Large protected bay, teaming with wildlife. Quiet, smooth water, white sandy beach even though the wind wind howls down through the mountain. Beckie found plenty of kyaking and snorkeling there. We decided to spend two days there before heading back to Bequia for the last day of the music festival.
There was enough sun and wind there for me to power up the boat forever. Although with no wifi I didn't have to power up the computer.

There is no electric on that side of the island so all the little beach bars - shacks really - use generators to power the few lights they have. There are about 6 or so boat boys (not boys at all) who try and convince you to eat at their little place. Names like Onion, Shark Attack, Ballhead.....They are squatters on the beach who put up these places to try and eek out a living. The government turns a blind eye so long as they dont get too big.
The place we dinner on Friday night was exactly like that. Jerry, the owner had told me, he hopes that next year he can afford to purchase another battery so that he can expand his sound system and maybe add a little cooler to keep some vegetables in. Now that is off the grid
So we're back in Bequia for the evening to re- provision. We will probably head back down island to Petite Martinique and Carriacou (Look that one up) and work our way back up during the week.
So we will be back off the grid again.
alan & beckie

02/01/2010 | Don
Beautiful spot and pics Does your iguana have a name?
02/02/2010 | Alan
Yes, Don......
Chafe protection, Yamaha Outboards and Nutmeg
01/28/2010, Saltwhistle Bay ,Mayreau

We were peacefully sitting the cockpit this morning in Clifton having breakfast when one of the boat boys came rushing up to us to inform me that we were anchored in the middle of the fairway and had to leave ASAP. It didn't bother anyone all day yesterday with all the ferries going in and out???? So rushing about we picked up the anchor and tried to move. After two unsuccessful attempts in a very crowded, windy and rolly harbor we decided leave. We decided to motor over to Palm Island, about 2 miles away, to put the dinghy and motor up. In the channel there were gusts to 26 knotsand one heck of a swell running. We anchored in the lee of the island long enough to put things away and headed back out. We sailed up to Saltwhistle Bay on the island of Mayreau. A pretty anchorage, although very crowded. I had to anchor on the edge and we were not quite of the waves bending around the entrance.. I had to set up a bridle off the anchor to point the boat into the incoming swells instead of the wind. Had a nice walk into the small village where we had lunch. It was up a very long and very steep road. The knees felt pretty good, I think the result of laying off the diet cokes. Casual Observations: 1. You need lots of chape protection - everything wears so quickly with all the swells, wind. and rolling at anchor 2. Everyone of the boat boys (not boys at all ) use Yamaha outboards - no question what to bring when you come down here 3. Fresh nutmeg when combined with pineapple juice appears to increase the potency of rum . sent via SSB radio alan & beckie

More wildlife
01/27/2010, Tobago Cays

yep, more wildlife

01/27/2010 | Scott Kuhner
Looking at your abs, I see you are really good at photo shop
01/28/2010 | UNABATED
Nope sorry no photoshop.... all this good clean living while cruising..... and a clear lack of junk food on these islands.

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