Mixing it up with the Super Yachts
29 January 2010 | Falmouth Harbor, Antigua
Bob, Clear and Windy
We cleared out of Jolly Harbor early yesterday and headed south to Falmouth Harbor. This is home to mega and super yachts. Mega power yachts and super sized sailboats. We learned that most of these yachts are either available for charter or are for sale. One of them has a permanent crew of 26. Back home that's a decent sized small business.
We were told by the fellow from whom we rented the mooring that the slide in the world economy has made to Antigua. Fewer charters means fewer bonuses for the crews translating into fewer meals out, fewer parties, a slow down in maintenance and so on down the food chain. Five boats are participating in the Super Yacht Regatta, just five, and the winds are strong enough, 25 plus, that the race committee modified the course due to the very rough conditions on the eastern shores. For us on Lucky Bird the winds are great, flowing through the boat, keeping us cool during the day and believe it or not, last night Alice pulled up a blanket.
We can see Montserrat and it's plooms of steam. It is majestic and we hope to visit there next. We have to wait for the winds to abate beacuse the only anchorage there is very rolly in strong easterly to northeasterly winds.
We attempted to do some projects yesterday afternoon but decided to nap instead. Yes I admit to enjoying that afternoon nap, it just feels so good to be lazy. Today we are visiting and exploring Falmouth and English Harbor. Dinner ashore, and more time to appreciate this wonderful place.