Plans are always changing
17 May 2013
We sailed over to Falmouth Harbor for Antigua Sailing Week. The first day we hiked up to the entrance of English Harbor to watch the races. There was not much to see and when we met up with another fellow cruiser we decided that we would head back and go for beers instead. We were told that there was going to be a great party on Wednesday night and it was must go. On Tuesday, we hiked up the other side of Falmouth Harbor and ended up with a much better view but we were on private property. The owner who is also a sailor let us stay to watch but did not invite us to come back the next day. On Wednesday evening we headed over to what was supposed to be party central and the yellow hat event. The yellow hats represent the local rum and are given with each two drink purchase. This is similar to the red hat parties sponsored by Mount Gay Rum. So we arrived at the entrance only to find out that there was a 35EC per person cover charge. That’s clearly not in our budget….so how do we get that hats? We wonder over to the other side of the dock and there is the bar that has the hats and also the couple that we were supposed to meet there. They too, were not interested in paying an entrance fee…..besides there was very few people inside the gated off area. We negotiated 8 hats in total got a few drinks and sat a picnic table and still enjoyed the evening. We soon discovered that this was more of an event that the locals attended and not so much the sailors. Off we went back to the boat with three new yellow English Harbor Rum hats. We headed back over to Jolly Harbor where there is a good grocery store and a nicer anchorage. Working is progressing on the boat but we discovered that our fridge was still leaking Freon and it needed some attention or we were going to lose everything. Michael had already purchased the gages and Freon and some Freon leak fixer but was not totally sure how to add more Freon having never done it before (only seen it done). We knew Bill and Joanne from Baidarka were also on their way to Antigua. They arrived before we lost everything and Bill gave Michael another lesson….he now knows how to add Freon. Hopefully, the leak fixer has worked and he will not have to put it again anytime soon. They told us that they going to sail over to Guadeloupe for days and why not join them. After all it is only 46 miles……a nice day sail. We hauled anchor the next day, put a reef in the main and off we went. It was a very quick trip even sailing around a few squalls on the way. Bill and Joanne have been here many times and really knew their way around. This truly a beautiful island with its rain forests, small fishing towns and even a city with divided highways. The biggest challenge for us is language is French and it is difficult to communicate but we seem to get by. We are heading back to Antigua in the morning, but for sure we will be back. Need to crackdown and get some more work done before we haul in 13 days.