Infinity B - Atlantic & Caribbean Adventure - GBR583R

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05 June 2019 | Derwent Water - The Lake District
26 May 2019 | Gun Wharf Portsmouth
16 May 2019 | Weymouth an d Portland National Sailing Academy
19 April 2019 | Home - Easton on the Hill UK
12 April 2019 | Home - Easton on the Hill UK
09 April 2019 | Clarkes Court Marina Grenada
06 April 2019 | Clarkes Court Marina Grenada
03 April 2019 | Clarke™s Court Bay - Grenada
31 March 2019 | Clarke™s Court Bay - Grenada
30 March 2019 | Clarke™s Court Bay - Grenada
26 March 2019 | Clarke€™s Court Bay - Grenada
24 March 2019 | Clarke’s Court Bay - Grenada
20 March 2019 | Clarke’s Court Bay - Grenada
20 March 2019 | Clarke’s Court Bay - Grenada
17 March 2019 | Tyrell Bay - Carricou
15 March 2019 | Tobago Cays
13 March 2019 | Tobago Cays
09 March 2019 | Salt Whistle Bay - Mayreau
09 March 2019 | Britannia Bay - Mustique
06 March 2019 | Mustique

The Lake District

05 June 2019 | Derwent Water - The Lake District
Frank Hatfull | Mixed Weather
We are spending a few days in our camper in The Lake District.
Mandy is an Accessor for Duke of Edinburgh scheme and has two gold teams coming up here in July.
There are a few areas on their routes she wanted to check out in advance.
We have also been to their proposed camp sites to ensure that they would be suitable..
We have been doing a lot of walking and cycling with Poppy our 14 year old Labrador who has been finding enjoyable but tiring (much like her owners).
We have to be be back for the weekend as Mandy has to assess the bronze DofE groups in Grimsthorpe.

Swedes, Sails and Thanks

26 May 2019 | Gun Wharf Portsmouth
Frank Hatfull | Bank Holiday
Yesterday we left home at 05.30 from in our new Swedish Volvo to avoid the Bank Holiday traffic.
We arrived at 08.30 at Gun Wharf Marina in Portsmouth to meet our dear Swedish friend Peter and his crew on S/Y Ellen a Swedish registered and built Arcona.
Ellen had just arrived from Antigua on a large cargo vessel with many other yachts also being transported back to Europe.
Peter & Jackline had very kindly stored our huge genaker and code zero sails and brought back to England for us.
They are light wind sails which we don’t use in The Caribbean because there is plenty of wind most of the time.
So we would like to say a huge Thank You to Ellen and Owners!
We left Portsmouth at just after midday and had a horrid trip back with long delays due to traffic.
However the new Volvo performed well and was very comfortable.

Volvo European Championships

16 May 2019 | Weymouth an d Portland National Sailing Academy
Frank Hatfull | Bright and Breezy
We are helping out at the Volvo 49er, 49erFX, Nacra 17 European Championships in Portland.
Our good friend Matt Desorgher is beach master here and kindly asked us to help out for a few days.
We came down with the camper and dog on Wednesday after my doctors appointment.
The event is being held at former Olympic sailing centre.
The weather is bright and breezy, perfect for sailing.
It is a great opportunity for us to catch up with family too.

The Darlington Cat

19 April 2019 | Home - Easton on the Hill UK
Frank Hatfull | Glorious Easter Weather
We have had a delightful couple of days.
On Wednesday we set off north to collect Dylan from Darlington.
He is a 5 year old Bengal Cat that needed a new home.
We stopped off on route a Fountains Abbey near Ripon.
It is always a stunning walk and the huge Abbey ruins brought into mind the sad recent tragedy at Notre Dame.
We stayed overnight with Paul and Janie from Shian.
It was great to catch up with them again.
On Thursday morning we collected Dylan from his former delightful owners who were very upset to see him go.
He is settling in well but has not yet met Poppy our ancient Labrador!

Cars, Planes and Trains

12 April 2019 | Home - Easton on the Hill UK
Frank Hatfull | Very cold compared to The Caribbean
I left Clarke’s Court Marina in Grenada at 13.00 on Wednesday in Paul’s taxi.
Paul was charming and exactly on time, so we will definitely use him again.
I was first in the queue at the check in, but still had to wait an hour!
The BA plane was well crewed and very new and left on time at 17.00.
Unfortunately, I had drawn the short straw with my seat allocation for the overnight flight.
I was middle of the middle aisle, not a great place for a grumpy old claustrophobic!
I had a games console playing, long legged youth to my right who took my leg room and continually nudged and kicked me.
To my left I had a large restless lady who then swapped about an hour in with her vast mother.
I was left with no room even when I folded my shoulders in.
I just had to get out, I stood by the WCs for about ½ hour, then the kind cabin staff rescued me an put me in a crew seat for a few hours.
Early on Thursday morning I managed to catch the early non stop train with 2 minutes to spare, unfortunately it had no tea or sandwiches.
All was going well until we all had to get off at Huntingdon because of an accident at Peterborough, so Mandy collected me and we were still home in very good time.
I’m not sure I’m upto doing another long haul flight for quite a while.
Today, Friday we picked up our fabulous new Swedish car from Marshall’s Volvo in Grantham.
Hiten the salesman has been a dream (not the sort thing one normally says about a car salesman). We ordered the car before we left in November, with lots of help choosing the specification, and here it is better than one could have hoped for.
Now it’s time to start planning for next season’s Caribbean sailing trip.


Getting Ready to Leave

09 April 2019 | Clarkes Court Marina Grenada
Frank Hatfull | Bright and Breezy
Almost ready to go.
Flying back to the UK tomorrow
We are having Anita from Island Dreams to look after the boat.
She seems really sensible and I'm sure Infinity B will be in safe hands over the hurricane season.
Do mention us if you contact her to have your boat looked after too.
www.islandreamsgrenada.com

Hauled Out

06 April 2019 | Clarkes Court Marina Grenada
Frank Hatfull | Very Wet and Windy
Infinity B is safely hauled out in Clarke’s Court Marina.
She is safely secured in a cradle with 3 tie downs each side.
The yard team were really excellent.
I now have 5 days living on board out of the water, which is never pleasant. Down the ladder and across the yard in the rain at 05.00 just for the WC.
I have decommissioned the water maker and stowed all the sails below deck.
Yesterday evening I made a canvas bag for the freshly varnished cockpit table.
Plenty more to do!
Mandy flys back from skiing in the Alps to the UK today, she’s had a good time but is suffering from sore shins.
She will have plenty to do before I arrive later in the week.

Dangerous Cleaning

03 April 2019 | Clarke™s Court Bay - Grenada
Frank Hatfull | Very Windy and Wet
It was a very wet and windy night.
It was noisy too because without the sail the in mast furler shaft bashes as we roll and reverberates throughout the whole boat.
The varnishing progresses. 3 coats in the cockpit and 4 on the table.
The army rations are still vile and I left most of yesterday’s supper.
I have started clearing the deck and stashing things away in the forward head.
This morning I started polishing the wood below, when I heard the horn of a boat approaching.
I rushed up the steps and smacked my head …. ouch.
Cleaning is such a dangerous business and should be avoided!

Brexit and Birthday

31 March 2019 | Clarke™s Court Bay - Grenada
Frank Hatfull | Still Breezy but Dry
I have continued to watch The Brexit process with complete disbelief.
It’s only 10 days until I fly home to caps of The DK (Dis-united Kingdom).
Max our son has got his German citizenship through and Mandy is hoping to have hers waiting for at home, so at least they will be able to continue to Europeans.
I would like to get Swedish citizenship, I’m sure I would pass the drinking criteria!

Meantime, I am making steady progress with the varnish and all the sails are down and packed.
Mandy continues to enjoy her skiing in the Alps.

Sunday was my 62nd birthday which makes me a year older than Mandy until her birthday in September!
I had a wonderful birthday and I was treated to a very splendid 2 ½ hour lunch at Whisper Cove by our good friends on Kalluna and Cadence.
I checked my blood glucose level in the afternoon expecting it to be through the roof but it was not too bad. Nevertheless I did just have rolled oats and a cup of tea for supper to make sure!
Jess from Cadence also made me a beautiful painting of Infinity B on driftwood.

Thank you all for your kind birthday wishes.

Varnish and Skiing

30 March 2019 | Clarke™s Court Bay - Grenada
Frank Hatfull | Slightly Overcast
It sounds like Mandy is enjoying her skiing.
Meanwhile I have been getting on with boat jobs.
I managed to pass a large bag of items to charity from my boat decluttering.
Jess from Cadance brought me some fresh fruit and veg which have improved the army ration diet no end.
Fast Manicou delivered a case of beer ready for my birthday tomorrow, so the provisions are much improved.
I’m in the middle of my least favourite job, Varnishing.
I have started with the cockpit table, so far it has had 3 thinned coats and has been rubbed down between each.
So only four more coats then I can start on the companion way etc.

Oil and Army Rations

26 March 2019 | Clarke€™s Court Bay - Grenada
Frank Hatfull | Breezy with Showers
I have been having a busy few days but eating poorly.
Yesterday I serviced the genset, changed the oil and filter, fuel filters and impeller.
The early season fix on the pump and alternator belt has held up well.
I will fit a proper new alternator and belt in November when we are back.
Today I serviced the main engine and made spilt some oil which made a mess in the engine room.
I also installed our new windlass, I need to test it tomorrow.
I have been living on army rations from the bilges which are only 5 years out of date!
For supper I had an outdated tin of corned beef .... it was bloody horrible!
I thinking about getting on with some varnishing and deck repairs next.

Prince Charles and UK Trains

24 March 2019 | Clarke’s Court Bay - Grenada
Frank Hatfull | Bright & Breezy
Mandy left for the UK on Saturday, which just happened to be the day that Prince Charles was visiting Grenada.
Mandy saw his plane at the airport.
Her plane was a hour late landing in the UK on Sunday morning because of problems with the runway in St Lucia.
Then then UK trains were diverted and cancelled because of the wind blowing overhead lines down.
But she is now back and packing ready for her French ski trip.
Meantime as the boat boy and house elf I've started getting on with the maintenance.
So far I have serviced the gen set and sorted out my old clothes.
There's plenty more to do whilst I'm following the Brexit fiasco on the radio!

Thank You - 43,000 visits

20 March 2019 | Clarke’s Court Bay - Grenada
Frank & Mandy
We have just exceeded 43,000 visits to our blog.
Thank you all for your interest
Particular thanks you for all your comments, we read them all.
The other thing we have been reading are all the bewildering news articles about Brexit.

The Final Passage

20 March 2019 | Clarke’s Court Bay - Grenada
Frank & Mandy | Good Steady Wind
We had a splendid few days in Carriacou.
The antibiotics did their job, my temperature is down and I'm feeling relatively normal again.
We manage a couple of very pleasant walks while we were there too.
We left a dawn today and arrived in Grenada early afternoon, after a very good sail.
It's probably our last passage of the season but we did manage to catch a nice tuna.
We are anchored in Clarke's Court Bay and Mandy is getting sorted to fly off to the Piste on Saturday.
I now need to prepare the list of boat jobs to get done before I fly back on 10th April.

Tyrell Bay and Antibiotics

17 March 2019 | Tyrell Bay - Carricou
Frank & Mandy | Very Pleasant
We arrived in Tyrell Bay in Carriacou on Friday after a short but pleasant down wind sail from Clifton on Union Island.
In the evening we had a superb supper on Cranstackie with Alistair and Ester. She is just the most amazing cook.
There are another couple of OCC boats here too, Walk About and Cadence.
On Saturday I started to become ill again with a temperature of 101. Looks like the same old recurring prostate infection. So we have hit it hard and fast with cyprofloxacin. Hopefully things will improve.
I’m hoping to feel well enough to go for a walk later.
We need to be in Grenada in a few days because Mandy flys out on Saturday to go skiing.

Tobago Cays

15 March 2019 | Tobago Cays
Frank & Mandy | Bright and Windy
We have a windy couple of days at Tobago Cays.
It’s a stunning place.
It sits right on the edge of the Atlantic and Anchorage is protected by a shallow horseshoe reef.
This means you get all the wind but greatly reduced waves.
There are turtles everywhere.
It is a kitesurfing and snorkelling paradise.
We made some more Swedish friends yesterday on Blue Wave we are hoping that they will join the OCC too.
We are planing to check out in Clifton today and sail down to Carricou.

Fish Suppers and Mad Cats

13 March 2019 | Tobago Cays
Frank & Mandy | Bright and Blowy
We have had several delightful days on Union Island.
The weather has been a bit blustery with occasional showers.
We have make a couple of hikes which involves an initial steep scrabble up out of the bay before the start.
We have a great time socialising with other OCC friends.
We had supper on Infinity B with Peter & Jackline from Ellen on our first night and we ate some of the tuna we caught.
We had drinks on board Infinity B yesterday afternoon with John from Eschaton and his lady friend.
In the evening Bill & Jessica from Cadence joined us for supper where Mandy used the famous Swedish recipe to cook the Baracuda we caught.
Today we went to Clifton to get some much needed provisions.
Clifton Bay has a reef right in the middle of it. So we are always careful to pick a safe anchoring spot.
We were only there a couple of hours but saw two separate serious incidents involving catamarans.
The first where a large cat had anchored right where the ferry need to turn.
There was lots of hooting and the catamaran was nearly hit.
The second incident involved a charter cat trying to sail across the reef. It ended aground and being blown onto it by strong winds. It took a whole fleet of local boats to pull it off and then it drove straight into the reef for a second time!
We have just arrived in Tobago Cays ..... it's simply stunning.

Fish and The Salt Whistle

09 March 2019 | Salt Whistle Bay - Mayreau
Frank & Mandy | Good
We had an excellent sail down to Mayreau from Mustique.
We caught one yellow finned tuna and a barracuda on passage.
We are in Salt Whistle Bay.
It’s amazing how they pack so many boats into such a tiny back.
The locals are delightful and we had the park ranger and one of the boat boys aboard for tea.
They were very keen on Mandy’s ginger biscuits.
We are off to Chatham Bay on Union Island for Tuna Supper with SY Ellen tomorrow.

Mustique

09 March 2019 | Britannia Bay - Mustique
Frank & Mandy | Excellent
We have had 3 delightful days in Mustique.
The moorings are very strong and well maintained, they are probably the best in The Caribbean.
We are still a little nervous of moorings failing following the incident in Statia 3 years ago when we drifted out to see with mooring ball still attached.
The island is beautifully maintained and very few cars.
The population density is low and its very easy to walk everywhere.
We actually walked on the beach right in front of Mick Jaggers fabulous beach house.
Yesterday we did a hike along the windward beaches and over the hill through the magnificent private mansions.
We are heading off today towards Tobago Cays nad hoping to meet up with The Swedes on Ellen.

Frigates, Ganets and Mick Jagger

06 March 2019 | Mustique
Frank & Mandy | Very Pleasant
We have just arrived in beautiful Mustique.
A very short easy motor sail from Bequai.
On route were saw hundreds of ganets and firigate birds fishing and squabbling.
We are planning to go hiking and investigate the island, if we see Mick Jagger we will of course invite him for G&Ts.

The Friendship Rose

05 March 2019 | Admiralty Bay - Bequia
Frank & Mandy | Slightly Overcast
We are still in Bequia enjoying ourselves.
We are doing plenty of walking and feeling all the better for it.
Our friend John from Hollabalo is also the skipper of the traditional local schooner Friendship Rose.
He very kindly gave us a private tour of the boat. It is one of the few only survivors of her type and now used for tours to Mustique and Tobago Cays.
The wind is steadily moderating and we plan to sail to Mustique ourselves tomorrow.
Today we need to provision and Mandy wants to do some more paddle boarding.

Windy Bequai

02 March 2019 | Admiralty Bay - Bequia
Frank & Mandy | Glorious but windy
We had yet another windy sail yesterday.
But we have arrived safely in Bequai.
Cranstackie are here too, so we are hoping to spend some time with them.
The weather today is beautiful and the view from Papas bar is stunning.

Martinique to St Vincent

01 March 2019 | Antiqua
Mandy and Frank
We had a good passage yesterday to St Lucia.
We had very poor holding in Marigot Bay.
So we picked up a mooring under the Pitons.
We are just about to leave for St Vincent. (sent via SSB)

An Invitation and Kite Surfing

24 February 2019 | Les Trois Ilets - Martinique
Frank & Mandy | Windy
Here is an invitation.
It is only a month until Mandy flys back to Europe to go skiing.
I will be on my own for a few weeks in Grenada before we haul out.
So please let me know if you want to fly out and join me in the sun and.... maybe bring a few spares too!

We have had another wonderful day touring Martinique in our hire car.
Today we went south and then across to the Atlantic coast, where the kite surfers were having great fun in the continuing strong winds at Vauclin.
The views across the azure blue sea and the reefs were very similar to Tobago Cays.

Tomorrow we plan to return the car and sail round to Grande Anse for a few days so Mandy can try out her new paddle board.

Car, Gardens and Paddle Board

23 February 2019 | Les Trois Ilets - Martinique
Frank & Mandy | Windy
On Friday we left Sainte Pierre and motored down the coast to Fort de France.
It was another windy trip gusting over 40 knots.
We anchored briefly in Fort de France but it was very noisy and the swell from the ferries made it quite uncomfortable.
So we motored 3 miles across the bay to Les Trois Ilets.
The water is much calmer but we are anchored on a lee shore. However the anchor is well dug into the mud and we have 50m of chain out.
Les Trois Ilets is a very pleasant little town with terracotta tiled roofs.
The dinghy dock arrangements are pretty bad here.
On Saturday we rented a car and as usual Mandy drove and I navigated.... it is the only way to prevent a divorce.
First stop was Decathlon to buy Mandy's standup paddle board. It won't get its trial outing until the wind drops.
Our next stop were the Botanical Gardens at Balata high up the volcano in sub-tropical rain forest.
The gardens were absolute stunning and certainly as good as, if not better than the ones at Deshaies in Guadeloupe.
We continued our drive north right up over the top of Morne Rogue at 1500ft through the thick rain forest and then back down to the windward coast at Le Robert and then back across country.
Martinique is a fabulous island with lush mountains and vast fertile areas with healthy banana plantations.
It has been a real insight being able to visit the high lands and interior.
Tomorrow we plan to take the car to the southern end of the island.

Wind, Waves and Another Volcano

20 February 2019 | St Pierre - Martinique
Frank & Mandy
We left Prince Ruper Bay, Portsmouth, Dominica at dawn.
We are now in Sainte Pierre in Martinique anchored under a volcano.
The trip was another heavy weather fast, wet and very bouncy passage.
We had over 30 knots all the way and a number of squalls over 40.
We are glad we have such a strong well built Swedish boat.
We were sailing at 7 to over 8 knots all the way.
We still have a slight problem with a leaky forehatch and we are getting quite a bit of water down the mast into the bilge.
We have had days of this heavy weather sailing and we are both feeling very tired.
The weather forecast is for even more wind so we plan to spend a few days recuperating in Martinique.

Dominica to Martinique

20 February 2019 | Dominica
Mandy and Frank
We cast off at dawn.
It was great to see Anna & Hakan from Unicorn and Alexis in Portsmouth Dominica, but we have to go.
Even bigger winds forecast so wee need to grab the weather window.
We are currently motor sailing in the lee of the island but we expect force 7 to 8 again for the passage across to Martinique.
I have put the fishing lines out while we are sheltered.
It will take us 3 to 4 hours before we reach Scotts Head the Southern tip of Dominica. (sent via SSB)

Arrived in Dominica

19 February 2019 | Dominica
Mandy and Frank
We arrived in Dominica after a fast and furious sail from Guadeloupe with wind upto 42 knots.
It was great to see Anna and Haukan from Unicorn and the tips of Morris the cat's ears poking out from the cockpit.
Last time we saw them all was in Sweden over the summer.

Antiqua to Guadeloupe

18 February 2019 | Deshaies - Guadeloupe
Frank
We have been pretty busy the past couple of days
Yesterday we started with 3 loads of washing in our nice new washing machine.
It dried in no time in the bright blustery sunshine.
We then met up with Simon & Hilda from Brisa for a hike around and over Pearns Point with fabulous views of Hermitage Bay.
If you are feeling brave ask Mandy about her new D-Day style beach landing technique!!!
Later Mandy took the dinghy in to get some provisions for our next few days of sailing.
But we were so preoccupied with everything we forgot to check out.

So today has been very hectic too.
I ran the OCC net at 07.30.
At 08.00 Simon kindly took Mandy in to check out as our dinghy and engine were stored ready for sailing.
At 08.30 we had to get the Swedes on Samantha to move their boat as they had anchored right over our chain.
At 09.00 we set sail for Guadeloupe 3 hours behind schedule!
It was another fast and furious trip with winds in mid 30 knots.
We have just arrived in Deshaies in Guadeloupe tired but okays before it gets dark.
We are currently planning to leave for Dominica at dawn tomorrow.

The blog has now had over 42,000 viewings.
So thank you all again for your interest in our blog and for all your comments.

A Day Out with Joy & Jesse

17 February 2019 | Jolly Harbour - Antiqua
Frank & Mandy
On Friday we dinghied into the marina for some provisioning etc.
Mario from the yard supplied us with an almost new camping gaz cylinder as a spare.
We also managed to replace our ever faithful boat hook which was washed overboard during one of our stormy passages.
On Saturday we had a delightful day out with our dearest friends Joy and Jessie.
We had an excellent local take out meal and visited their lovely home and garden.
They also took us for a tour of the island.
It was a great day out.

Back in Antiqua again.

15 February 2019 | Jolly Harbour - Antiqua
Frank
We arrived safely in Jolly Harbour in Antigua late morning after a windy sail from Montserrat.
Checking in at Jolly was a real delight after the ridiculous procedures in St Kitts.
We will probably stay here over the weekend until the wind swings round to the east again.
Then we will have another attempt at getting to Guadualope.
The upside of being here is that we are with numerous of our OCC friends.
It will Alamo give us a chance to tidy the boat up after so mandy long passages recently.

On Passage Montserrat to Antiqua

14 February 2019 | On Passage Montserrat to Antiqua
Mandy and Frank
We left Montserrat at 06.30 on route to Jolly Harbour Antiqua. Windy, bit bumpy but OK.
We are very close hauled with SE Wind.
Should just be able to make it in one tack.
Infinitely better that yesterdays horrid passage.
It is always difficult making any easterly progress in The Caribbean against The Trade Winds.
Still feeling a bit rough after yesterday.

Next Stop

13 February 2019 | Montserrat
Mandy and Frank
We had a very horrid crossing to Montserrat this morning. Tomorrow's weather looks nearly as bad.
Strong SE winds may make Guadeloupe impossible.
We are considering cutting back NE up to Antiqua tomorrow.
Then waiting for weather to ease before heading south to Guadeloupe.
This AM Mandy was able to sleep through the 45 knot squalls at just after dawn while I took the sails in. Will keep you posted.
(sent via SSB)

BBC

13 February 2019 | Montserrat
Mandy and Frank
BBC. Bloody Bouncy Crossing.
Horrid strong winds with squalls of over 45 knots.
Big seas and flying fish on the deck.
We are 2 miles off Montserrat and will stop overnight.
All is well. (sent via SSB)

In Case of Emergency

12 February 2019 | Charlestown Bay - Nevis
Mandy and Frank
We sailed across to Nevis this afternoon.
The weather forecast is for more strong winds.
Our intention is to leave Nevis at 04.00 (local time) and head for Deshaise in Guadeloupe (70 miles - 13 hours).
We should arrive late afternoon before dark.
If things get too tough we may stop at Montserrat which is half way (mid morning).
If the wind shifts we may even tack and head to Antiqua. We will try to send updates and positions.
However, if things go badly wrong please call UK coast guard with our plan and last known position.
We have a satellite which we would also call the UK coast guard on. Our MMSI number is on the blog header.

Wind and Volcanoes

12 February 2019 | White House Bay - St Kitts
Mandy and Frank
We left Statia at dawn. Mandy wisely suggested we set up the staysail. I was not expecting too much wind but Mandy has been following the weather forecasts closely as it is all a bit exposed out here on the western edge of The Caribbean islands. The wind hit us very hard as we left the protection of Statia and remained at 30 plus knots all the way to St Kitts. It eased briefly as we got into the lee of the island, so we furled the staysail and put out the genoa. A mistake ... the wind came back hard, unpredictable and squally. We flew down the coast of St Kitts below its l volcanoes. It was a magnificent sight to be sailing South East down the line of volcanoes with Saba and Statia behind and Nevis ahead. We decided to break our trip and overnight in St Kitts. Another mistake as it too hours to check in for a simple over night stop. We are hoping the winds will allow us to continue Nevis and onto Monseratt or Guadalupe. We are now sheltered and anchored in White House Bay on SE tip of St Kitts. (Sent via SSB).

St Eustatius and The Volcano

10 February 2019 | St Eustatius
Mandy and Frank
We arrived in Statia on Friday morning after a very calm motor sail south from St Barts.

St Barts is also known as St Barthelemy and Statia is also known as St Eustatius.

Statia is Dutch and with Saba just a few miles to the north west forms the Dutch Lesser Antilles.

Both islands can be clearly seen as being formed from ancient volcanoes.

Yesterday we hiked right upto the crater of Quill about 600m above sea level.

We like Statia a lot and came here 3 years ago in very heavy weather.

It is a strange mix of cultures with strong Dutch connections and old Dutch style buildings.

But its main language is English, its currency Is US dollars and its measurements are European.

Its police drive vehicles with American style Sheriff logos.

(Sent by SSB)

Underway to Statia

08 February 2019 | Underway to Statia
Mandy and Frank
We left St Barts at dawn.
We are partway across to Statia.
Very little wind.
No fish yet.
(Sent via SSB)

Farewell to the Swedes

06 February 2019 | Columbus Bay - St Barts
Mandy and Frank
We spent a couple of days moored with Looma off the small island of Ile Fourchue.

It is a nature reserve 5 miles north of St Barts.

It was here we said our farewells to our dear Swedish friends Mads & Lotta who carried on to St Martin.

There is no telephone signal there and we have fallen behind with our emails.

As with all sailing boats the number of jobs and breakages increases.

We managed to fix the very irritating and potentially dangerous problem of the engine frequently failing to start.

I replaced a primary relay with one of my spares and all now seems fine.

Our solar panel voltage regulator failed too.

But amazingly we managed to by a new Mastervolt one in Gustavia from Hughes Marine the excellent local Land Rover experts.

That is now fitted and working too but I did manage scalp my head in the process!

We are currently anchored in Anse de Colombier where Christopher Columbus landed at the North of St Barts.

But alas no 3G here either.

(Sent by SSB)

Gustavia

02 February 2019 | Gustavia - St Barts
Frank & Mandy
On Friday we sailed from Barbuda to St Barts.
It was a good crossing and it took about 10 hours.
We had full sail all the way and made good time.
On route we caught 3 large baracuda (which we threw back) and one small tuna (which I filleted).
We spend Friday exploring Gustavia the main town and port.
The difference between St Barts and many of the other islands is staggering.
It is a very wealthy place with very wealthy tourists and expensive fashion shops.
Geologically it is very different too with hard igneous rock and impressive rock formations.
Yesterday we also helped fix a generator on a small motor catamaran.
We are making a list and ordering all the parts we need shipping out to fix our genset, rod-kicker and aircon.
All the boats out here are always happy to have visiting crew wishing to bring spares out!

Barbuda to St Barts

31 January 2019 | Barbuda to St Barts
Mandy and Frank
We left before dawn.
Looma left too. We are on route to St Barts.
Wind has dropped. But... Squalls are following.
Hope to arrive before dark.
Caught one huge Baracuda so far.
(sent by SSB)

Frigates and Vangs

30 January 2019 | Coco Bay - Barbuda
Mandy and Frank
Yesterday after a bit of a delay we had a Frigate Bird tour on the north of the island with Looma and BlueJacket.
We were all delighted to see how well the colony was doing in the hurricane torn mangroves.
There were plenty of males with their red ballooned chests and plenty of eager young chicks. In the afternoon we moved anchorages to CoCo Bay on the SE point of Barbuda.
On route we broke the Selden gas strut in the Vang.
Another job to do in St Martin.
(sent via SSB)

The Four Baracuda

28 January 2019 | Low Bay - Barbuda
Mandy and Frank
Saturday got off to a bad start with our 17 year old generator dying.
I have been coaxing the poor old unit along for a number of seasons and trying to put off the inevitable.
However, I spent most of the day working on it and managed to resuscitate it. But we will now buy a new one.
The evening was much more pleasant as we had a pot-luck supper on board Infinity B with Brisa, Looma and Cranstackie.
On Sunday we left the Jolly Harbour anchorage at 7.00 and sailed to Barbuda.
It was a cracking sail with a reefed main and the staysail. Looma sailed with us but were faster as they had more sail out and we were fishing.
We caught 4 very large baracuda which are not safe to eat this far north, so we threw them back.
We are now anchored off the most stunning beach at Low Bay.
We are hoping to visit the famous frigate bird colony which managed to survive last years hurricane.

Jolly Water Making

24 January 2019 | Jolly Harbour - Antiqua
Frank & Mandy
We are still at anchor in Jolly Harbour in Antiqua.
A bit of northerly swell has crept into the bay.
That means we are rolling a bit, but more importantly it has stirred up the very fine coral sands to make the water cloudy.
This in turn blocks up the water maker filters.
Fortunately we made water yesterday.
The solar panels and wind generator are working really well and provided all the power for the water maker.
Otherwise all is well and we continue to socialise with the other yachts.

Antigua

22 January 2019 | Jolly Harbour - Antigua
Mandy and Frank
We arrived in Antigua on Saturday.
A very mixed crossing with a big wet and windy squall.
All is well. Catching up on jobs etc.
Had to fix engine fuel and water problems on Alacazam.
They were very relieved.
No internet here yet.
So more news when we get the iPad online.
(Sent Via SSB)

On Passage to Antigua

19 January 2019 | On Passage to Antigua
Mandy and Frank
At 5.00 I made tea.
At 5.30 I made more tea and woke Mandy (always a difficult task).
We hauled the anchor at 5.55 it was tricky as two boats had anchored very close in front of us.
We left Deshaise at 6.00 still very dark. We are now just North of Guaedloupe.
One bite on the fishing line but no fish yet Time for more tea and breakfast.
Light winds so it could be a slow trip or a lot of motoring. Should be in Jolly Harbour in Antiqua mid/late afternoon.
(sent by SSB).

Swedes are bad for your health!

18 January 2019 | Deshaies - Guadeloupe
Frank & Mandy
Last night Lars & Suzanna invited on to Seawind for late Sundowners.
Joachim & Suzanne from Mo Chara (more Swedes) were there also.
It was the second evening in a row of socialising with Swedes and this morning was the second morning of a hangover!
They produce strange unpronounceable spirits for bottles hidden deep in the bilges.
So beware socialising with the lovely Swedes can be very bad for your health!
This morning we walked up to the botanical gardens.
It was our fourth visit to the magnificent gardens and well worth the hike.
We are leaving at dawn for Antiqua and hope to see our dear friends Jessie and Joy-Anne again.

Jacque Cousteau

17 January 2019 | Deshaies - Guadeloupe
Frank & Mandy
We have had a splendid few days
We left The Saintes on Tuesday and had a fine sail up to Pigeon Island and arrived mid morning.
The afternoon was wet, very wet and it rained intensely all afternoon.
We invited Lars and Suzanne the Swedes from Seawind to supper.
Mandy made a fine job of cooking the fish we caught and we all drank too much…. again.
We spent most Wednesday at Pigeon Island.
In the morning I wired in an emergency start switch as we have been having trouble with the engine ignition switch.
After lunch we took the dinghy across to the Jacque Cousteau reserve for snorkelling.
We then motored up to Deshaies where Death In Paradise is filmed and we caught a 2ft Red Needle Fish on route.
We are now at anchor and looking forward to going ashore tomorrow.

On Passage To Guadeloupe

16 January 2019 | On Passage to Guadeloupe
Mandy and Frank
We left the mooring at The Saintes at about 06.15 We are about 1/3 the way across to Guadeloupe. Sailing well,but had to put two reefs in the genoa because of squall.
We have Mandy's new 30 Euro fishing lure out. Hoping for a fine catch
We are heading for Pigeon Island and The Jacque Cousteau reserve. (Sent via SSB)

Bob Murdered In St Lucia

15 January 2019 | Les Saintes - Guadeloupe
Frank & Mandy
We are very sad to hear of the murder of Bob Hathaway in St Lucia.
He was the OCC Port Officer and well respected.
He was extremely kind to me when I was very ill and alone on board several years ago.
He also came to supper with us and was charming.
St Lucia has become a dangerous place.
Our dear friends from Unicorn were assaulted there too.
A fellow yachtsman Roger Platt was murdered on board his boat in 2014.
The crime rate is high and many dinghies are stolen there.
We avoid the island and recommend others do as well.
Vessel Name: Infinity B - GBR 583R
Vessel Make/Model: Najad 460 /22 - Call Sign 2FWJ4 - Sail No GBR583R - UK No 918877
Hailing Port: Harwich U.K.
Crew: Frank Hatfull and Amanda Lerse
About:
We are now both Semi-Retired and this is our third season in The Caribbean. We previously owned Najad 380 – Tantrum of Abersoch covered about 10,000 nm in her We bought Infinity B in Sweden in 2012 so we could go Blue Water Cruising in her. [...]
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Leg 1. Harwich to La Coruna - Frank Bata Sally & Alistair Leg 1a La Coruna to Vigo - Frank, Mandy, Max & Chloe Leg 2a. Vigo to Cascais- Frank & Simon Leg 2b. Cascais to Madeira - Frank, Andrew & Fiona Leg 2c. Madeira to Las Palmas - Frank, Mandy, Max & Valerio Leg 3a. Las Palmas to [...]
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