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BreezingUp in the Caribbean
leaving Bequia
Ann Willauer; sunny, windy with squalls
02/12/2012, Headed for Rodney Bay, St Lucia

After several days of constant high winds and squally weather, we left Bequia on Wednesday, 2/8. The forecast was for the winds to start dissipating and the wind to be E 18-20 knots. Under clearing skies we set off for an early crossing to St Vincent and up the west coast. Fine until we set off from St Vincent to St Lucia. The seas built to 12' and the wind became 20-30 knots, true. Both were from the East and we were making 8-9 knots over the ground, the only good news. After 9 hours we made Rodney Bay in time to go ashore for ice etc.! We had a comfortable night aboard watching our last movie on the computer. Sleep was not a problem!

Dominica here we come
Ann Willauer; sunny, 18-20E; 8-10'seas
02/11/2012, Portsmouth, Dominica

Leaving France under a light shower means we'll be back soon. More lumpy seas and 20-30 easterly wind across to Dominica with a double reef and 1/2 jib, This weather trough doesn't want to quit! At least the rain stayed south! Once on the west side, we set a full main and jib and had a glorious 2 hour sail up the coast to Portsmouth on the North end. We were greeted by a good many of our OCC buddies and celebrated the reunion with everyone aboard Breezing Up for drinks, 11 in all! Martin (aka Providence) came to the party also to say he would take us up the Indian River the next am, bright and early. Even tough we have done it twice, that trip is just as glorious as the first time, 2 years ago. We had never done it early in the am and the bird life is fantastic! We are looking forward to the Sunday night local beach barbecue tonight!

Vive La France
Ann Willauer; sunny, 18-20E; 8-10'seas
02/09/2012, St Pierre, Martinique

Cleared customs in St Lucia and weighed anchor by 9 am. Well, again we had similar weather to the day before, much heavier wind than predicted and large seas, but by now we were getting used to this. 3 hours at 8-9 knots over to the southern tip of Martinigue and then a very pleasant, brusque sail down the coast to St Pierre in the lee of the island. Gorgeous, sunny day. Anchored right near the town dock so I could scope out the restaurant scene and make a first pass at French cheese and rose at Huit a Huit supermarket. Forgetting that French restaurants don't open until 7pm, we settled in for naps etc. on the boat. Although the rains/drizzle came back, we ventured ashore for a wonderful dinner at La Tamaya. The next am, Brad and Chip went ashore for more wine and cheese and discovered the Saturday am market (I had no idea what day it was!), returning with fresh tuna and avocados, tomatoes etc., and of course, more wine. Then we were off for Dominica.....

January update
Ann Willauer; sunny, windy with squalls
02/04/2012, Bequia

We returned from the frozen North on 1/12 in Marigot Bay, St Lucia. All was in order, so we moved up to Rodney Bay to visit with friends and provision. Sister boat, Windara, J-46, came in with Elsa and Glenn Gustafson from Chicago and several of our Trinidad pals were around. Once sorted out we had a lovely, speedy sail to Bequia via The Pitons and St Vincent with fresh 20 knots from the NE. Once tucked into Admiralty Bay, Peter and Carol on Eight Bells arrived to join us. Ben and Amanda flew in on 1/20 and spent 3 days in a charming guest house on Friendship Bay and then joined us on BreezingUp for a week. The winds were not going to abate, so the sun was shining and the beaches and swimming beckoned, not to mention the 4 day Jazz Festival featuring Arturo Tappin a well know Caribbean Jazz Saxophone musician. The London Blues Band from the Mustique Festival was here, so Jazz, steel pans, blues, reggae and rock; all in one fun filled weekend. Bequia has a lot to offer ashore with walks, hikes, lovely people, charming atmosphere and terrific restaurants; not a bad place to while away the winter. Ben and Amanda left rested and tanned. Chip arrives next week...finally we will move the boat....

02/04/2012 | Deborah Arnold
Thank you for sharing your destinations with us this year. As "couch sailors" we are enjoying your pictures, tales and adventures. Please keep the stories coming!
02/05/2012 | Caroline & Vaughan
Hey Annie & Brad

Loved catching up on your blog and checking
Out your photos! Now home for a few weeks
To catchup on wedding plans and visits with
Kali & chauncey and the kids!
Florida was warm and sunny this January
And bright and beautiful today in
Portland! Cheers from the North
02/05/2012 | Clare Graham
Thanks for the update. Sounds like you are having a wonderful time so far in 2012! We know you'll enjoy having Chip with you.
Mike and I look forward to The Studio reopening later this year! Clare
02/09/2012 | Marilyn Lalumiere
Wow, what fun. I am not jealous, but I am envious! Sening big hugs to you both.
December Update
Ann Willauer a little bit of everything
02/02/2012, Grenada to St Lucia

Stayed in Clark's Court Bay after the kids left with Ann & David Chatterton on Resting Goose. Blair & Sherry arrived on Homarus. Moved around to St David's to wait for the Chandlers who were delayed a day. Peter and Liza arrived, so in the interest of time, we took off and motor sailed up the east coast of Grenada. Weather and seas cooperated. Into Tyrell Bay on Carriacou for the night. Cleared customs early and sailed to Union Island to clear in and fill up on veggies and fruit. Over to the Cays early am to snorkel and swim with the turtles. Not great light. Next day had a glorious sail up to Bequia. My birthday dinner was at my favorite Auberge de Grenadines. Tour of the island the next day with Fatman taxi. Arlene & Dennis came for drinks and African stayed for dinner. Fun. Motor sailed up to the Pitons, lovely night under the stars. On to Rodney Bay and finally Marigot to fly home 12/9 for Christmas.

November update
Ann Willauer a little bit of everything
02/02/2012, Grenada

Finally left Trinidad on November 8th. Instead of Prickly Bay we headed to Clark's Court Bay on the recommendation of friends. BIG improvement! Not so roll and not so many boats. Met our friends on Allegro and reunited with Dennis and Arlene on Tiger Lily; he is my weather coach! Found Barbara and Gary Hart on Laluna, from Portland, Maine! Tony, the Aussie on Rajun Cajun and Lance & Susi on Queen Emma. Discovered Whisper Bay Marina for a fabulous food market and jazz session on the weekend. Phar Bleu marina is also terrific. Peg and family arrived for Thanksgiving week: tour of the island for a day with an interesting hike to a waterfall, sailed up to the Tobago Cays to swim with the turtles and snorkel, visit to Union Island where we had Wyeth's 11th birthday dinner in a fun French restaurant with a large sparkler in his ice cream! Nothing like snorkeling on Thanksgiving. Great week for all.

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