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Bequia, home sweet home
Ann Willauer
11/26/2012, Admiralty Bay, Bequia

Left Trinidad at 0600 last Friday, 11/23, headed for Grenada. 10 hours later after a gorgeous day sail in 15-18 knots of easterly breeze, we arrived in St David's on the East side of Grenada.
No customs here, just a tired marina, so early to bed and off to sail up the East side on Saturday. Brisker wind today, 18-22knots, but not too heavy seas. Anchored in Chatham Bay on the backside of Union Island just as the rain squalls hit...free shower.
Wind up today, but only 24 miles to go. 20-25 knots, so double reef is in, no jib. Once around the corner, the fun (?!) begins. Between the seas and the current, I would have been more comfortable on a roller coaster, but I guess one can put up with 4 hours of anything, sort of.
Arrived in Bequia and Princess Margaret Beach at 0230 and jumped into the water, phew, what a day. Much deserved rum punch before dinner and early to bed only to be awake most of the night with the howling wind. Thank heavens we moved when we did as it is going to BLOW for the next 3 days. So here we are tucked into the North side (moved over) of the harbor with good Internet and a quiet neighborhood...bliss!

Bequia, home sweet home
Ann Willauer
11/26/2012, Admiralty Bay, Bequia

Left Trinidad at 0600 last Friday, 11/23, headed for Grenada. 10 hours later after a gorgeous day sail in 15-18 knots of easterly breeze, we arrived in St David's on the East side of Grenada.
No customs here, just a tired marina, so early to bed and off to sail up the East side on Saturday. Brisker wind today, 18-22knots, but not too heavy seas. Anchored in Chatham Bay on the backside of Union Island just as the rain squalls hit...free shower.
Wind up today, but only 24 miles to go. 20-25 knots, so double reef is in, no jib. Once around the corner, the fun (?!) begins. Between the seas and the current, I would have been more comfortable on a roller coaster, but I guess one can put up with 4 hours of anything, sort of.
Arrived in Bequia and Princess Margaret Beach at 0230 and jumped into the water, phew, what a day. Much deserved rum punch before dinner and early to bed only to be awake most of the night with the howling wind. Thank heavens we moved when we did as it is going to BLOW for the next 3 days. So here we are tucked into the North side (moved over) of the harbor with good Internet and a quiet neighborhood...bliss!

3 weeks in Trinidad!
Ann Willauer; 85' and partly cloudy
11/20/2012, Chaguaramus, Trinidad

Nothing like listening to Christmas carols at 85', but that's all they play in Trinidad following the Divali Festival (Indian festival of lights last week) until Christmas. Somehow I can't get into it! We are finally getting our new refrigerator part installed and will be back in business tonight! Yippee! Shopping etc for the next 2 days and then we are out of here headed for Bequia. It has been fun as quite a few of our British friends have been and still are here, so we have had company. I guess I will miss being plugged in with AC and good internet, but the adventure has to start sometime. Leaving early Friday headed for Grenada for a quick night's rest, then on to Union Island for more of the same, then Bequia, where we will spend a few nights waiting for fair winds to go up to St Lucia and meet Tori and family. That's the plan as it stands today!

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Easter Regatta
Ann Willauer, NE 10-15
04/26/2012, Bequia, then Grenadines, now Grenada

The day before the Regatta we had the pleasure of taking Charles and Cornelia Brewer for a shakedown cruise. They spend 9 months of the year on Bequia living in a stone structure, Moonhole, carved out of rocks; no doors, no windows, but glorious setting! We experienced this later in the week for lunch, after the regatta.
Regatta dawns with 10-15 NE and our realization that the racing class IS a racing class complete with Kevlar sails etc. Here we were with our simple cruising rig. Well, first day gives us line honors, first over the line, BUT with corrected time: last in class! Fun sailing, but not competitive. Second, day, around the island race, second to finish, moved up to second to last in class! Lay Day on Easter Sunday, which we needed, was a relaxing lunch in Friendship Bay. Monday, last race, we took 2nd by a slim margin and still finished last in class. C'est la vie....

Bringing you up to date
Ann Willauer, NE 10-15
04/26/2012, Bequia, then Grenadines, now Grenada

I have been remiss in keeping up this blog, but a lot has happened since we left Martinique. Our plotter was fixed, hooray, so we were back navigating on deck! We had a speedy sail, 8-9 knots over to St Lucia to spend the night in Marigot Bay, leaving early the next am for Bequia; another speedy and lovely sail. Once in Bequia we could relax, catch p with our Brit friends and prepare for the Easter Regatta. Finally the weather has turned and we had good swimming, some snorkeling and general R & R.
We were talked into entering the racing class (instead of the cruising class) for the regatta, with tongue in cheek as we only have one jib on this boat and it is a 100 (small cruising jib)! More to come:......

Back to France
Ann Willauer, NE 10-15
03/29/2012, Marin, Martinique

FINALLY this wind has let go and we have had a gorgeous sail down to Martinique. A lovely day in St Pierre with a 'typical' French lunch at restaurant 1643: 2 hour lunch, 2 hour nap; no dinner! It was worth it! Headed on to St Anne on the South Coast to meet Peter and Von on Moonrise. Again, lunch at Ti-Toques in Marin, highly recommended by OCC friends, with drinks on board Moonrise. On Sunday we jumped in the dinghy to follow the Yole races around the bay. What a spectacular sight! Great sport in amazing boats; constructed on the beach, wild racing and deconstructed on the beach and back onto the trucks they were delivered on! Quite something to watch!
Into Marin on Monday to fix the Garmin antennae and windlass switch which ended up being a three day project due to complications on board and ashore.
Off to St Lucia and then on to Bequia!

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