Hello Barbuda, Bar-bwue-da not Barbados, Ha Ha!
20 January 2010 | Low Bay, Barbuda
Bob, raining with a few squalls
We are anchored in Low Bay Barbuda about 100 yards off the beach. This beach runs for eleven miles, beautiful pinkish sand for 11 miles and I can't see a single person, OK!! The clouds are rolling in off the Atlantic bringing a few rain showers; the fresh water helps wash off some of the salt.
Our passage from St. Barts was uneventful. We left Anse du Colombier around 06:30, sun up, and rounded the east side of St. Barts. There were some pretty good sized sqaulls out to sea and we were hopeful they would pass north and south of us, guess what? they did. We stayed dry with winds under 12 knots and seas under 5 feet. All-in-all a beautiful passage of some 55 - 60 miles.
Barbuda is flat, the heighest elevation is no more than a couple hundred feet compared to the islands just to the west of us that rise several thousand feet. We could see St. Kitts and Nevis during the entire passage. Guadelupe rose up from the horizon as we approached Barbuda which we didn't see until we were about 6 miles out. Even though Antigua is only 25 to 30 miles to the south it too is very flat and didn't rise above the horizon.
This anchorage is quite different than the bays we've been used to overnighting. Picture this slowly arching beach of some eleven miles, it runs almost north south with a very slight radius. We are anchored near the northen end of the radius facing the east. We are about 100 yards off the beach and nothing but the Caribbean Sea behind us. Looking forward the beach a small hotel and the very flat Barbuda. Turn and look behind us and it is open water. Behind us are some reefs which cut the ocean swell and since the wind seldon blows from the west we are good to go although it feels strange to be as exposed as it seems. We'll probably move around to the southern side of the island tomorrow where there is more protection and people.
There is a huge ppoulation of frigate birds here on Barbuda and we want to take a special boat ride into the colony. After that we want to learn about the island history and about it's people. This our theme now, indulge or inject ourselves into the places we visit with more than just the touristy curiosities.
Another rain shower, now the sun. It looks as though this will be the pattern for the balance of the day.