S/V Banjo - Waltzing Round the Med

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18 January 2009 | English Harbour
Jane
We've just taken Barb, Dan and Dali to the airport for their trip back home. We had a fantastic time with them and, needless to say, a few tears were shed when they left!

Unfortunately, the weather for sailing wasn't as good as we'd hoped it would be while they were here. Lots of wind and big swells, so we mostly hung around English Harbour. We got local buses to St John's and Jolly Harbour and hired a car for a couple of days so we could explore the island. Luckily, the beach here is pretty lovely. Clear, green, warm water and a bar to get some cold beer for us and ice-cream for Dali.

We did manage one trip to Green Island, about 2 hours east of English Harbour on Antigua's easternmost tip. The wind was on the nose all the way there and everyone, except Andy, felt a bit on the sick side. Poor old Dali didn't enjoy the trip much but as soon as we got there in the shelter of the reef, everyone felt instantly better. The island is owned by the Mill Reef Club, an exclusive holiday resort place, but it's basically uninhabited and it's the most beautiful little beach surrounded by reef, mangroves and amazingly green sea. We stayed two nights there and snorkelled and sunbathed. Dali, who could swim 50 metres when he arrived, just got better and better. By the end of the holiday, he was swimming the length of the beach and jumping off anything he could into deep water. He even had a go at driving the dinghy although was banned from going out on his own! While we were there, we watched a Swan 80 yacht go out and somehow end up on the reef. We spent the day watching as various different tugs arrived to try and get it off with no success. It had to stay overnight and was rolling violently. Awful to watch. The following morning, a big tug managed to pull it off the reef and they took it back to the boatyard in Falmouth. We've heard since that there was, amazingly, very little damage but it makes you concentrate on your navigation even more!!

It seems very quiet without them now. We had a quiet day yesterday de-sanding the boat and doing laundry. Our plans had been to pick up the life raft on Monday which has been in being serviced and head off to Guadeloupe but unfortunately I have managed to lose our Switch card, probably left it in the ATM at the airport, and we now have to wait for a new one to be sent. Maybe 10-14 days! I think we'll probably go off to St Kitts for a few days and come back to pick it up.

Meanwhile, hope life is good for all of you. Please let us know how things are going. I miss all the gossip but am still able to download the Archers, so am up to date with Ambridge affairs (What's Chris doing, going out with that stuck-up Alice???) Love to all.


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Vessel Name: Banjo
Vessel Make/Model: Dufour 32
Hailing Port: Sydney
Crew: Andy Doughty/Jane Jarratt
About:
We are Brits but moved to Australia in 2007 and became True Blue Australians in 2014! We bought our first boat, Drimia, in St Maarten in the Caribbean back in 2009 and sailed her back to Australia over nearly a year. [...]
Extra: 17/02/15 In September 2014, illness made us give up our trip and go back to the UK for treatment. Andy has myeloma and had to have chemotherapy and a stem cell transplant. He is now in remission.
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Who: Andy Doughty/Jane Jarratt
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