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SV Riparian - Sailing out of Colorado

After years of preparing our boat and ourselves, we are starting out on a three month cruise of the Caribbean.

Vessel Name: Riparian
Vessel Make/Model: Gozzard 36
Hailing Port: Littleton, Colorado USA
Crew: Lynn and JoAnn Adams
About: We have spent the past 5 winters learning how to sail, operate and repair our boat in the US and British Virgin Islands.
18 April 2017 | 17 555'N:62 522'W, Gallows Baai, Oranjestad, St. Eustatius
18 April 2017 | 17 555'N:62 522'W, Gallows Baai, Oranjestad, St. Eustatius
16 April 2017 | 17 555'N:62 522'W, Gallows Baai, Oranjestad, St. Eustatius
16 April 2017 | 17 555'N:62 522'W, Anse du Colombier, St. Barthelemy
12 April 2017 | 17 555'N:62 522'W, Anse du Colombier, St. Barthelemy
12 April 2017 | 18 042'N:63 052'W, Marina Fort Louis, Marigot, Saint Martin, FWI
10 April 2017 | Basseterre, St Kitts
09 April 2017 | 18 042'N:63 052'W, Marina Fort Louis, Marigot, Saint Martin, FWI
06 April 2017 | 18 499'N:64 389'W, North Sound, Virgin Gorda
22 March 2017 | 18 450'N:64 434'W, Virgin Gorda Yacht Harbor, Gorda Peak, Long Bay, North Sound
11 March 2017 | 18 450'N:64 434'W, Virgin Gorda Yacht Harbor, Gorda Peak, Long Bay, North Sound
10 March 2017 | 18 450'N:64 434'W, Virgin Gorda Yacht Harbor, Gorda Peak, Long Bay, North Sound
10 March 2017 | 18 450'N:64 434'W, Virgin Gorda Yacht Harbor, Gorda Peak, Long Bay, North Sound
10 March 2017 | 18 450'N:64 434'W, Virgin Gorda Yacht Harbor, Gorda Peak, Long Bay, North Sound
05 March 2017 | 18 450'N:64 434'W, Virgin Gorda Yacht Harbor, Gorda Peak, Long Bay, North Sound
04 March 2017 | 18 450'N:64 434'W, Virgin Gorda Yacht Harbor(still)
28 February 2017 | 18 450'N:64 434'W, Virgin Gorda Yacht Harbor(still)
27 February 2017 | 18 450'N:64 434'W, Virgin Gorda Yacht Harbor
19 February 2017 | 18 450'N:64 434'W, Virgin Gorda Yacht Harbor
19 February 2017 | 18 450'N:64 434'W, Virgin Gorda Yacht Harbor
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18 April 2017 | 17 555'N:62 522'W, Gallows Baai, Oranjestad, St. Eustatius

Fort Oranje and First Salute to America

In 1776, Statia was a Dutch freeport that was a huge sea port. Hundreds of ships came here to trade. Much of the gunpowder, weapons and supplies for the American Revolution came through Statia. In 1776, a United States ship, the Andrew Doria, entered the harbor and fired a salute, the salute was [...]

18 April 2017 | 17 555'N:62 522'W, Gallows Baai, Oranjestad, St. Eustatius

The Qwill

Easter Monday is a holiday on Statia and most businesses are closed, a good day to take a walk up the Quill. The Quill is the larger volcano on Statia. It is dormant, with its last eruption around 400 AD. It gets its name from English misspelling of the Dutch "Kwil" which means pit which is a great [...]

16 April 2017 | 17 555'N:62 522'W, Gallows Baai, Oranjestad, St. Eustatius

Arrival at St. Eustatius

After a beautiful sail from St. Barts we arrived in St. Eustatius about 4 PM. As it is Easter, the harbormaster and customs folks have the day off, so we raised the "Q" flag and will spend the night on the boat to check in tomorrow. The guide book said there were several public mooring available, [...]

Fort Oranje and First Salute to America

18 April 2017 | 17 555'N:62 522'W, Gallows Baai, Oranjestad, St. Eustatius
Lynn
In 1776, Statia was a Dutch freeport that was a huge sea port. Hundreds of ships came here to trade. Much of the gunpowder, weapons and supplies for the American Revolution came through Statia. In 1776, a United States ship, the Andrew Doria, entered the harbor and fired a salute, the salute was returned, thus becoming the first salute give to the United States. In Fort Oranje, there are many plaques describing this historic event.
We took a taxi tour of Statia today, visiting the Fort, a battery overlooking St. Kitts, the old governor’s house, airport, and protected beach where turtles nest. Our guide, Bobby, was very good and provided both historical and current views of life on Statia. Bobby is a Statian native who has lived here most of his life. He said he can remember when there were only two cars on the island and there was no electricity. About 8 years ago, Statia reverted to direct Dutch control. Since then the medical care and schools have seen vast improvement, including complete update of the hospital, medical helicopters, and air conditioning in all school rooms. Technically we are now in Holland!
In the photo, you may be able to see Riparian over the cannon. Riparian is white with green trim with an orange kayak on deck.
If you want to come to a place with lots of hiking, friendly people, and no cruise ships, Statia is the perfect place.

The Qwill

18 April 2017 | 17 555'N:62 522'W, Gallows Baai, Oranjestad, St. Eustatius
Lynn
Easter Monday is a holiday on Statia and most businesses are closed, a good day to take a walk up the Quill. The Quill is the larger volcano on Statia. It is dormant, with its last eruption around 400 AD. It gets its name from English misspelling of the Dutch "Kwil" which means pit which is a great description of the crater on top. The trail guide said that it was a 75 minute round trip hike to the crater rim, it took us about 4 hours, counting a picnic lunch and rest stops. The hike was wonderful, starting at sea level and rising to about 1300 feet. We went through several zones of forest, from dry cactus in the lower levels to rain forest and orchids at the rim. The crater is all rain forest. At the rim, there are several trail choices. One is about 1200 feet long with an elevation rise of 600 feet, one goes down into the crater, and one goes around the crater rim. We hiked them all... about 50ft. in and out before we decided that we had hiked enough for one day.
On the way back to the boat, we arranged for an island tour for the next day to see more of Statia.

Arrival at St. Eustatius

16 April 2017 | 17 555'N:62 522'W, Gallows Baai, Oranjestad, St. Eustatius
Lynn
After a beautiful sail from St. Barts we arrived in St. Eustatius about 4 PM. As it is Easter, the harbormaster and customs folks have the day off, so we raised the "Q" flag and will spend the night on the boat to check in tomorrow. The guide book said there were several public mooring available, but many of them were filled with local boats or were missing. The one we saw looked in questionable condition, so we decided to use our new Rocna anchor for our first overnight. We set the anchor, I dove to make sure it was set (it set perfectly) and saw a small ray and a puffer fish.

St. Eustatius has a big oil processing facility and there are huge tankers all around. Some of them pump oil in floating hoses to shore, so we made certain we gave them all a lot of space.

There is a huge party going on at the beach. Good Friday and Easter Monday are holidays here, and the local people seem to be having a great time. There are at least 3, sometime 4 bands trying to out loud each other and all we can hear is the bass. It seems the Latin band is winning the volume contest with the hip hop coming in a close second. I has just started to rain, so maybe things will slow down.

Tomorrow we will clear in and do some exploring.
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