Shirley Heights Concert & BBQSusan / mostly sunny, 83 degrees F
01/23/2011, Falmouth Harbour, Antigua
One of the special things to do on Sunday is attend the early evening concert and informal BBQ at Shirley Heights. Shirley Heights the highest point in the area with a spectacular view of both harbours. You can take a taxi but there's a couple of ways to walk or hike up. We choose to hike up via the path that begins at the end of the beach on Freeman Bay. The path looked steep in the guide, and it is. Pretty much straight up the last half of the way. And although close to 4pm, it's very hot when out of the shade or away from the wind. Here's a view of the shoreline from the path just as it starts to get really steep. Look closely at the middle point of the shore line to see one of the Pillars Of Hercules.
Antiguan SaturdaySusan / partly cloudy, 81 degrees F
01/22/2011, Falmouth Harbour, Antigua
Eighteen Antiguan and visiting sailboats participate today's Around Antigua race, which starts and ends just outside Falmouth Harbour. We watch them jockey for starting position from Vida Dulce's cockpit. Others, mostly kids and their families, enter a yellow rubber duck in the Duck Race held in English Harbour. Duck #1140 won.
Vida Dulce's Cruising Systems & Equipment01/21/2011
As we were preparing to go cruising, we looked at nearly every kind of marine equipment and new / upgraded systems for Vida Dulce. We didn't purchase most of them (not in our budget and/or not the right time). Below is the list of items we did add as we took her out of charter service. I'm sure Jerry will do a blog series with his research yet feel free to ask questions.
Catch Up, Clean Up DaySusan / partly cloudy, showers, 83 degrees F
01/20/2011, Falmouth Harbour, Antigua
Much to my relief one of the neighboring catamarans departed this morning allowing us to reposition Vida Dulce after taking Kurt & Barb to the taxi stand for their ride to the airport.
Falmouth Harbour & English Harbour w/ Kurt & BarbSusan / mostly cloudy 81 degrees F
01/19/2011, Falmouth Harbour, Antigua
Lots of boats in Falmouth Harbour when we arrive in the early afternoon, leaving no clearly open places in the area we want to anchor for a fast and dry trip into the taxi stand for Kurt & Barb's departure early tomorrow morning. We anchor and re-anchor several times until we are not too close to other boats, and not too close to the shore rocks or shoals. We take Kurt & Barb on a brief walking tour of Falmouth and English Harbours to visit the must-see places. Later, they treat us to a delicious farewell dinner at Trappas.
Barbuda To AntiguaSusan / mostly cloudy becoming partly cloudy, windy, 80 degrees F
01/18/2011, Carlisle Bay, Antigua
We left the west coast of Barbuda this morning intending to sail to the east coast of Antigua for an overnight stop in Nonsuch Bay / Green Island. Both wind and seas were up and from the east. We slogged through it for a couple of hours until we need to turn further south to avoid squalls. After they pass, we try to regain a reasonable course to our planned destination but made little progress against the current and seas. Rather than spend the entire day fighting them, we turn south to sail the lee side of Antigua. Six hours into the trip we decide on Carlisle Bay for our destination. It's a small, quiet bay with shelter from the full force of the east weather and only hour away. Another advantage of Carlisle Bay is that it is close to Falmouth & English Harbours, our final stop with our friends, Kurt & Barb.
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