n. scah-pah-TELL'-ah 1. Italian word for "escapade"; an adventurous, unconventional act or undertaking 2. a journey with a little bit of intrigue; the secret escapade of two lovers 3. an affair, or in Rome, "a quickie in the bushes"

17 April 2010 | Green Island, Antigua to Fajardo, Puerto Rico
10 March 2010 | Bequia
08 March 2010 | Martinique
20 February 2010 | St. Vincent & The Grenadines
30 January 2010 | Bequia (St. Vincent & The Grenadines)
28 January 2010 | St. Lucia
25 January 2010 | St. Lucia
15 January 2010 | Green Island, Antigua
12 January 2010 | Green Island, Antigua
05 January 2010 | Back in Falmouth Harbor, Antigua
04 January 2010 | just south of Jolly Harbor, Antigua
01 January 2010 | Great Bird Island, Antigua
30 December 2009 | Parham, Antigua
29 December 2009 | Rabbit & Redhead Islands, Antigua
26 December 2009 | North Sound, Antigua
22 December 2009 | Antigua
19 December 2009 | St. Croix, USVI
14 December 2009 | Christensaid, St. Croix
10 December 2009 | Christiansted, St. Croix
09 December 2009 | Somewhere in the Caribbean Sea

Big-Ass Turtles!

04 January 2010 | just south of Jolly Harbor, Antigua
Well, wouldn't you know it: we finally have some time to kiteboard but the Weather Gods are still toying with us. Light winds are forecasted, and we need at least 15 knots to get a decent ride. So it's back to Falmouth Harbour for us, where we can get caught up on boat chores and such as we await the arrival of our next guest. The winds are exceptionally light today - 8 knots and falling - but we enjoy a gentle upwind sail along the western coast of Antigua. We see a small shoal area marked on our consistently inaccurate charts, so I'm on deck, scanning the waters ahead. I see a light brown mass in the distance and yell back to Louis, "I think I see it...just off to starboard". I keep watching for the rest of the reef system to appear when I realize that's not the reef - it's a BIG ASS turtle! We've seen lots of turtles in our time on Scappatella, but this thing is HUGE! And there's more: we've apparently found the motherlode of turtles, as we sail along and see turtle heads poking up all over the place! After being mesmerized for quite some time, I grab my camera and sit up on the bow pulpit, hoping to get a shot of one up close. Sure enough, a turtle surfaces directly ahead of us. Poor thing - it pops its little head up just in time to see this big ol' boat barreling down on it! It dives down, just under the bow, as I furiously click away while it descends to the sea below. Maybe you can just make out the little-big guy in the photo above? We continue to sail along in the thick turtle soup for some time...a perfect end to our "circumnavigation" of the beautiful island of Antigua.

Disclaimer: no turtles were exploited, hurt, run-over or otherwise abused during the author's sail.
Vessel Name: Scappatella
Vessel Make/Model: Lafitte 44
Hailing Port: Coloma, CA
Crew: Louis Debret & Janet Maineri
Just Married!! (I guess we can't really say that anymore as it's now 2010!)
We bought our boat, previously named Enkidu, in Bonaire in May of '07. She's our 1st boat, and we looked long and hard to find her. (Like for a solid year-and-a-half!) We put her on the hard in Curacao for the [...]
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Who: Louis Debret & Janet Maineri
Port: Coloma, CA