23 November 2017 | Antigua
Departure day from Canberra was Remembrance Day, destination Antigua via LA and Miami. There was a stop at Brisbane airport where John got on the phone with the lovely Zoe Ferrari, our bidding agent to an auction back in Canberra, and bought a townhouse in the lake side suburb of Kingston. A good outcome but a tad stressful.
The flights were smooth, the airport hotels most welcome, and on arrival in hot Antigua we checked into the closest accommodation to Jolly Harbour(where the boat was on the hard). This turned out to be an interesting experience, as unbeknownst to us it was one of those all-inclusive British-style resorts. It was certainly a surprise to have all food, drinks and entertainment provided, and it had a nice beach and pool, but it wasn’t exactly our sort of place. It also had lots of those tiny hummingbirds, as a big as moths, flitting in and out of the flowers. Some tiny yellow and black birds and red-chested black birds raced me every morning for my orange juice. They looked so cute sitting on the edge of my glass dipping their beaks in and out of the juice.
The boat was launched on 15th, in fortunately good condition considering the three hurricanes that had swept past. Lots of the usual work followed, by John and the agent and tradesmen, to get all the issues fixed. John knew it would be done in Caribbean time, so he allowed two weeks before our departure for the tasks.
The crew, Margot and Bill and Frank and Beth, arrived - the photo proves it - great to see them as always. Lots more boat-fixing work before we set sail.