MsChievous

Le Marin marina

Vessel Name: MsChievous
Vessel Make/Model: Hylas 49
Hailing Port: Robinhood, Maine
Crew: Susan and Jim AuBuchon
About: Livin' the life - finally!
01 March 2024 | Prince Rupert Bay, Dominica
25 February 2024 | St. Pierre
23 February 2024 | St. Pierre
15 February 2024 | Le Marin, Martinique
12 February 2024 | Admiralty Bay, Bequia
10 February 2024 | Admiralty Bay, Bequia
30 January 2024 | Admiralty Bay, Elizabethtown, Bequia, SVG
29 January 2024 | Tobago Cays, SVG
25 January 2024 | Sandy Lane Yacht Club, Canouan, SVG
23 January 2024 | Chatham Bay, Union Island
20 January 2024 | Tyrell Bay, Carriacou, Grenada
14 January 2024 | Chaguaramas, Trinidad
09 January 2024 | Chaguaramas, Trinidad
23 May 2023 | Chaguaramas, Trinidad
01 February 2023 | Tyrell Bay, Carriacou, Grenada
25 January 2023 | Saline Bay, Mayreau Island, Grenadines
22 January 2023 | Union Island, SVG
20 January 2023 | Chaguaramas, Trinidad
13 January 2023 | Caroni Bird Sanctuary, Trinidad
12 January 2023 | Guayaguayare, Trinidad
Recent Blog Posts
01 March 2024 | Prince Rupert Bay, Dominica

New Discoveries

It is said that Columbus became so frustrated trying to explain Dominica's topography to the Spanish royalty that he resorted to crumpling up a sheet of paper and throwing it on the floor. Dominica is a beautifully verdant and abundantly productive Isle of dizzying switchbacks, deep valleys and sharp volcanic peaks (9 of which are still considered active). The people of Portsmouth toward the northern end of the island have figured out how to turn their beautiful Bay into a cruisers' paradise by providing moorings, security, land and water tours and even a weekly beach barbecue. Everyone is related here (and they all have huge families) so feeling welcomed and at home comes quickly. We took a day-long cross-island tour where we saw every imagineable crop being raised in jungle mountainside settings, hiked through a rainforest, forded a stream to a waterfall, walked on a spectacular ocean promontory and visited a chocolate farm/factory (founded by 2 "Bohemian Scots aristocrats" in the 30s and now run by their grandson). Today's adventure was paddling up a mangrove- and palm-lined river - ending at a "bush bar"! This end of the island seems to have figured out how to recover from a Cat 5 hurricane far better than the other (capitol) end! We plan to do some swimming and snorkeling and depart Monday for Isle de Saintes off the south coast of Guadeloupe. Have been meeting and making friends with more cruisers, many from New England, and trading lots of interesting stories and experiences!

25 February 2024 | St. Pierre

A peaceful evening

Enjoying a peaceful evening in St. Pierre before heading to the "wilds" of Dominica tomorrow. Went shopping at the fabulous farmer's market yesterday and got lots of nice produce including some spectacular lettuce (hard to get down here). Did laundry this morning and a fisherman was carving up a huge [...]

23 February 2024 | St. Pierre

Playing with Fire (Pelee)

We finished up our chores and touristic romps and departed Marin on Thursday. (After playing the line-up-and-wait game at the fuel dock: quite the circus!) We sailed past Cap Diamant, a volcanic spire extending from 1500 feet below the surface to 175 above. Then on to Anse Noire, a pleasant bay that [...]

15 February 2024 | Le Marin, Martinique

Bienvenue au ... Annapolis??

I knew Martinique, and Le Marin, in particular, was the center for Caribbean cruising among Francophones, but I wasn’t quite ready for this! The bay is large and is filled to overflowing with boats, probably at least 2000 of them, most of them on moorings or at anchor and most of them cats (which the [...]

12 February 2024 | Admiralty Bay, Bequia

Hot time in the old town!

While most of you, dear readers, were watching the Super Bowl, we beyond the reach of US television were watching the Bequia Maritime Demolition Derby. It all began around 10pm when three different boats decided to raise anchor and move. The reason for doing this 3 hours after total darkness is unclear. It was a bit windy (12-15 knots) but no different than all the previous day. Out of the three, one managed to hit another boat! In the ensuing kerfuffle, they managed to wrap a line around their Prop and began drifting....Luckily a tow boat was summoned to take them to a mooring after driftingacross the bay, and we thought the only remaining excitement was SB OT. But wait - there's more! This morning at 0800 I was down below when I heard a large boom. I came up on deck to find a 45-foot catamaran - mainsail up - had just T-boned the boat anchored behind us. That boat escaped with cosmetic damage, but their rub rail took a chunk out of the bow of the starboard Hull of the cat, and, we later learned, the impact cracked the cat's Hull and they were taking on water. (No Travelift to haul them out for 50 miles!) Sailing away from a crowded Anchorage is never a good idea, particularly when you're an inattentive skipper! Luckily, we were only spectators in this bumper-boat escapade!! Leaving Wednesday for Martinique.

10 February 2024 | Admiralty Bay, Bequia

Fun with Friends

We had a marvelous week with Beth Anna and Brian McDonough. They flew into St. Vincent from Miami and took the ferry over to Bequia where we met them. We sailed around the Grenadines to all our favorites spots, including the beach lobster roast at Tobago Cays. They treated us to several nice meals ashore, and Susie returned the favor with some spectacular entrees, including eggplant parmesan, roasted pork loin with apricot sauce, and chicken tikki marsala. Beth Anna wanted to try out breadfruit, but it's not truly in season. However, a vendor on Union Island ran to his grandfather's farm and found us two ripe ones that the ladies cut into small pieces and we roasted on the grill. The last 5 minutes we added some cheese and cream, and it was a wonderful accompaniment to our pork chops! We were sorry to see them leave after a fun and relaxing week with great friends and great sailing! It was wonderful having them aboard, and we look forward to next time. Now we have to get back to doing all our own sailing jobs!

New Discoveries

01 March 2024 | Prince Rupert Bay, Dominica
James AuBuchon | No complaints!
It is said that Columbus became so frustrated trying to explain Dominica's topography to the Spanish royalty that he resorted to crumpling up a sheet of paper and throwing it on the floor. Dominica is a beautifully verdant and abundantly productive Isle of dizzying switchbacks, deep valleys and sharp volcanic peaks (9 of which are still considered active). The people of Portsmouth toward the northern end of the island have figured out how to turn their beautiful Bay into a cruisers' paradise by providing moorings, security, land and water tours and even a weekly beach barbecue. Everyone is related here (and they all have huge families) so feeling welcomed and at home comes quickly. We took a day-long cross-island tour where we saw every imagineable crop being raised in jungle mountainside settings, hiked through a rainforest, forded a stream to a waterfall, walked on a spectacular ocean promontory and visited a chocolate farm/factory (founded by 2 "Bohemian Scots aristocrats" in the 30s and now run by their grandson). Today's adventure was paddling up a mangrove- and palm-lined river - ending at a "bush bar"! This end of the island seems to have figured out how to recover from a Cat 5 hurricane far better than the other (capitol) end! We plan to do some swimming and snorkeling and depart Monday for Isle de Saintes off the south coast of Guadeloupe. Have been meeting and making friends with more cruisers, many from New England, and trading lots of interesting stories and experiences!

A peaceful evening

25 February 2024 | St. Pierre
James AuBuchon | 75F, mostly clear, light breeze - good sleeping weather!
Enjoying a peaceful evening in St. Pierre before heading to the "wilds" of Dominica tomorrow. Went shopping at the fabulous farmer's market yesterday and got lots of nice produce including some spectacular lettuce (hard to get down here). Did laundry this morning and a fisherman was carving up a huge tuna. Went snorkeling over the wrecks from 1902, but they were too deep to see. Enjoying the near-full moon tonight before a short 40 mile sail tomorrow to Dominica and its mountainous terrain - looking forward to a jeep safari!

Meanwhile, we are enjoying the French wines in Martinique - such as the 4 Euro chardonnay that Susie loves. Restocked our "wine cellar" to get us to Guadeloupe!

Playing with Fire (Pelee)

23 February 2024 | St. Pierre
James AuBuchon | Beautiful- but very light wind
We finished up our chores and touristic romps and departed Marin on Thursday. (After playing the line-up-and-wait game at the fuel dock: quite the circus!) We sailed past Cap Diamant, a volcanic spire extending from 1500 feet below the surface to 175 above. Then on to Anse Noire, a pleasant bay that has black sand - the only thing Summit wanted us to bring back for her! (How does a 6 year old even know about black sand?) Today was another short jaunt up Martinique's very hilly coast to St. Pierre, a small town at the base of Mt. Pelle. Its 1902 eruption killed all but 2 of the town's 30,000 inhabitants. Although green and lush, it is still an ACTIVE VOLCANO with the last emission Iin 1932. Hopefully we can enjoy the local sights and tomorrow's farmer's market before he decides to spew again!

AND - almost as exciting- I unearthed a box of Girl Scout Thin Mints after lunch! Susie wouldn't touch them as they "outdated" in 2021 - all the more for me!!!

Bienvenue au ... Annapolis??

15 February 2024 | Le Marin, Martinique
James AuBuchon | 84F, fair
I knew Martinique, and Le Marin, in particular, was the center for Caribbean cruising among Francophones, but I wasn’t quite ready for this! The bay is large and is filled to overflowing with boats, probably at least 2000 of them, most of them on moorings or at anchor and most of them cats (which the French decidedly prefer). There are stores for everything, and lots of displays and items ready for purchase from every size of dinghy and outboard motor to 500 pound anchors. Most inhabitants gladly tolerate Anglophones although some display prototypic Gallic superiority and rudeness. Oh, well, the wine selection is great!

We went ashore to sort things out and get a few repairs lined up for early next week, and ended up having mojitos at a dockside bar where the picture was taken. You can see our boat, right? Well, if you can, please send us a note soon as to where we can find it…
We plan to rent a car for a few days to see the sights around the island, the largest in the Windwards. We hope to not only see the beautiful vistas but enjoy some French gastronomy along the way.

The sail from St. Lucia to Martinique this morning (4 hours) was delightful, exactly as a Caribbean “crossing” should be. Yesterday, Bequia past St. Vincent to St. Lucia was nothing we couldn’t handle but more than had been advertised (25 not 15-18 kn winds; 10 ft not 5 ft seas….). Nevertheless, sailing past the towering Pitons of southern St. Lucia is always breathtaking, and the overnight at Rodney Bay was a pleasant one.

Hot time in the old town!

12 February 2024 | Admiralty Bay, Bequia
James AuBuchon | Beautiful 80F
While most of you, dear readers, were watching the Super Bowl, we beyond the reach of US television were watching the Bequia Maritime Demolition Derby. It all began around 10pm when three different boats decided to raise anchor and move. The reason for doing this 3 hours after total darkness is unclear. It was a bit windy (12-15 knots) but no different than all the previous day. Out of the three, one managed to hit another boat! In the ensuing kerfuffle, they managed to wrap a line around their Prop and began drifting....Luckily a tow boat was summoned to take them to a mooring after driftingacross the bay, and we thought the only remaining excitement was SB OT. But wait - there's more! This morning at 0800 I was down below when I heard a large boom. I came up on deck to find a 45-foot catamaran - mainsail up - had just T-boned the boat anchored behind us. That boat escaped with cosmetic damage, but their rub rail took a chunk out of the bow of the starboard Hull of the cat, and, we later learned, the impact cracked the cat's Hull and they were taking on water. (No Travelift to haul them out for 50 miles!) Sailing away from a crowded Anchorage is never a good idea, particularly when you're an inattentive skipper! Luckily, we were only spectators in this bumper-boat escapade!! Leaving Wednesday for Martinique.

Fun with Friends

10 February 2024 | Admiralty Bay, Bequia
James AuBuchon | Partly cloudy, 82F
We had a marvelous week with Beth Anna and Brian McDonough. They flew into St. Vincent from Miami and took the ferry over to Bequia where we met them. We sailed around the Grenadines to all our favorites spots, including the beach lobster roast at Tobago Cays. They treated us to several nice meals ashore, and Susie returned the favor with some spectacular entrees, including eggplant parmesan, roasted pork loin with apricot sauce, and chicken tikki marsala. Beth Anna wanted to try out breadfruit, but it's not truly in season. However, a vendor on Union Island ran to his grandfather's farm and found us two ripe ones that the ladies cut into small pieces and we roasted on the grill. The last 5 minutes we added some cheese and cream, and it was a wonderful accompaniment to our pork chops! We were sorry to see them leave after a fun and relaxing week with great friends and great sailing! It was wonderful having them aboard, and we look forward to next time. Now we have to get back to doing all our own sailing jobs!
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The pain and beauty....
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Kayaking and walking in the Nariva Swamp
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Photos of The Gallery Inn, Cannons (replete with parrots), and Viejo San Juan
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The life and times of the crew of MsChievous in the Sommer Isles.
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To and through the Panama Canal
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