Voyageur C

27 July 2010 | Shelburne, NS
04 July 2010 | Marblehead, MA
01 June 2010 | Norfolk, VA
28 April 2010 | Hollywood, FL
18 March 2010 | Ile a Vache, Haiti
01 March 2010 | Salinas, Dominican Republic
02 February 2010 | Fajardo, Puerto Rico
01 January 2010 | Simpson Bay Lagoon, St. Martin
02 December 2009 | Point a Pitre, Guadeloupe
06 November 2009 | Clifton, Union Island, Carriacou
17 October 2009 | Guiria, Venezuela
03 October 2009 | Chaguaramas, Trinidad
23 August 2009 | Chaguaramas, Trinidad
28 July 2009 | Hog Island, Grenada
28 June 2009 | Bequia, Grenadines
19 May 2009 | Portsmouth, Dominica
22 April 2009 | Falmouth, Antigua
10 March 2009 | Fajardo, Puerto Rico
29 January 2009 | Norman Island, BVI
29 December 2008 | Antigua

Sailing – As It Should Be (Nov 30/09)

02 December 2009 | Point a Pitre, Guadeloupe
The past month has provided the best sailing of our lives, with close reaching through to wind slightly aft of the beam in 15 to 20 knots apparent wind and 4 to 6 foot seas. On some of the shorter passages we seriously considered standing on for the next island.

Leaving Union Island, we stopped in the Tobago Cays on November 7th, and enjoyed snorkeling and a great lobster dinner on the beach with Discovery and Rum Runner. Then we moved on to Canouan for a walk around, spent a night in Bequia and moved from there to Young Island Cut, St. Vincent.

We hadn't been to St. Vincent before (except by ferry from Bequia) so we explored the capital (Kingstown) and visited the Botanical Gardens which features amongst cannonball trees and other exotica, a sucker from Captain Bligh's original breadfruit tree. The highlight, however, was a strenuous hike with Carl and Marilyn (Discovery) followed by a scramble up a lava flow to the top of the Soufriere volcano. Once we arrived, we timidly leaned over the precipice of the caldera to view the dome inside. There is a lot more hiking to enjoy here than we had realized.

Many cruisers pass by St. Vincent in the belief that it is too dangerous. Some anchorages have a bad reputation, but the government has built a cruisers visitor center in Cumberland Bay that should provide a secure anchorage on the northwest coast.

After 2 nights in St. Vincent we were off to Rodney Bay, St. Lucia for 2 nights where we celebrated our anniversary. From there we sailed with Hoof Beats, Allegro and Discovery to Le Marin, Martinique one of our three favorite provisioning stops - all French, of course!

On November 15th, we scooted around the southwest corner of Martinique and dropped the hook in Grand Anse D'Arlet, a lovely small beach resort area with a host of water front eateries. We hiked across Morne Champagne to Petit Anse D' Arlet to sample the mini market and bakery. This is a neat little town but a rolly anchorage so the boat stayed in Grand Anse.

Our next stop was St. Pierre, Martinique. This is the real "town that died", obliterated by the 1902 eruption of Mount Pelee. Only one person survived out of a population of 30,000. The town is quite interesting (but often a bouncy anchorage) and a visit to the museum is de rigeur.

Our next stop was Portsmouth, Dominica on November 19th, where we were greeted by Martin Carriere, our guide on our last visit. Martin and the other Indian River Guides work very hard to make a visit to Portsmouth interesting (all manner of tours) and secure (moorings and a patrol dinghy at night). The guides must all have government training in subjects from botany to CPR to retain their licenses. If you are there, use Martin's services. You won't be disappointed.

We spent nearly a week in Portsmouth, hiking the Cabrits park, visiting Cold Soufriere and a plantation with Martin and taking a couple of day trips by bus to Roseau. One day, Martin came out to Allegro and spent 1 ½ hours making Pina Coladas from scratch - all fresh ingredients - lots of work but the result was an awesome Pina Colada.

Dominica is a poor island, but the people and countryside are wonderful. Truly this is the garden of the Caribbean, and one of our favorite stops along with Grenada.

On November 25th, we tore ourselves away from Dominica and sailed over to the Saints, anchoring in Bourg de Saintes. Bonanza (our buddy boat in last year's travels) caught up to us here less than two weeks after launching in Grenada. We celebrated their fast passage and timely arrival with a lunch time bottle of Champagne. Later that day we all contributed to a US Thanksgiving dinner complete with turkey and ham aboard Hoof Beats with Allegro, Discovery and Bonanza.

We arrived in the harbour at Point a Pitre, Guadeloupe on the 27th so we could provision at the big Cora store here. Also on the hit list, more shoe stores per capita than anywhere else! There is a lot to see, including the flower market where a lovely '10 bouquet would cost $200 + in Canada.

You wouldn't want to swim in the harbour, so we spent one night at nearby Ilet du Gosier. On return, we anchored near the Pont de la Gabarre. It opens at 5AM (every day except Sunday) to let boats pass through the Riviere Salee which divides Guadeloupe in two. Next stop - Antigua!
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Vessel Name: Voyageur C
Vessel Make/Model: Island Packet 35
Hailing Port: Halifax, NS, Canada
Crew: Bill & Leona
About:
In 2005 we sailed Voyageur C to the Abacos, returning to Nova Scotia in the spring of 2006. [...]
Voyageur C's Photos - Voyageur C (Main)
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Wooden Boat School, Maine
Victory Chimes
Pulpit Harbor, North Haven, Maine
Sunset, Marblehead, MA
Rose Dorothea, Provincetown Library
Million Dollar Garden, P
Manhattan from East River
Unknown, Delaware Bay
Too Early: South Mills Lock, Dismal Swamp
Voyageur C @ Whittaker Creek, NC
D and Don, Southern Cross
With Paul and Marianne, Knot-Ha-Gan
Old Baldy, Bald Head Island
Strange Dockmates - both from Halifax
Rocker Shrimp, Fernandina Beach
Condo in Orlando
Leona with the kids and their fish hooks, Barahona, DR
Roberto & Bill Bring Home the Beer & Diesel, Barahona, DR
Beer Delivery, Barahona, DR
Dolphins, en route Las Salinas to Barahona, DR
Hotel Bar, Columbus Square, Santo Domingo, DR
Beach, Boca Chica, DR
Alto de Chavon, Case Campo, DR
Tourists, Playa Palmillas, DR
Dinghy Dock, Boqueron, PR
Surfing, Rincon, PR
Mangrove Lagoon, Gilligans Island, PR
Leona
Dolphins, South Coast, PR
Red Snapper Fest
With Bonanza & Dream Maker - Congas, Luquillo, PR
Splitting the Bill, Mamacitas
Hiking to Coral Bay for burgers, St. John
With Wayne& Diane in Road Town, Tortola, BVI
New Year on Nancy Dawson
Intrepid Adventurers, Ballast Bay, St. Kitts
Yet Another Roadside Bar, St. Kitts
The Love Bar, St. Kitts
Monkey Mountain, St. Kitts
Leona, Winston & Michelle
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The Rain Forest Patrol, St. Kitts
Tree Huggers, Ottley Plantation, St. Kitts
Ottley Plantation, St. Kitts
Pina Coladas, Portsmouth, Dominica
St. Pierre, Martinique
Soufriere, St. Vincent
Romeo Delivers, Tobago Cays
Tobago Cays
Crews Inn BBQ, Morris & Bill
Strider Farewell Dinner
?%&^! Motor Mounts
They Start Pan early in Trini
Maracas Falls, Trini
Devil Woman
Queen & King
Queen
Lime & Carib
Rain Parade
Jouvert
Windward Boat Building, Carriacou
Spirited Lady of Fowey
Leona at the Helm
Hillsborough Regatta Day
The Delivery Team
Female Leatherback
Hatchling
Some Small, Eh!
Finishing Touches, Oil Down, Grenada
The Feast, Oil Down, Grenada
Lining the Pot, Oil Down, Grenada
Oil Down, Grenada
Street Party, Gros Islet, St. Lucia
Pitons and Soufriere Town, St. Lucia
Hiking Mount La Combe Barre De L
Overlooking Dennery, St. Lucia
Man & Lion, Fond D
Rodney Bay, St. Lucia
Fort Rodney, St. Lucia
Chorus Line, Le Moule, Guadeloupe
Picnic, Pointe des Chateaux, Guadeloupe
Syndicate Waterfall, Dominica
Fish Market, Point-a-Pitre, Guadeloupe
Market, Point-a-Pitre, Guadeloupe
Cemetery, Morne-a-L
Porcelain Roses, Deshaies Botanical Garden, Guadeloupe
Waterfall, Deshaies BotanicalGarden, Guadeloupe
Bourg de Saintes, Guadeloupe
Eleonora
Js on the Run: Velsheda, Ranger
Pirates Too
Windrose of Amsterdam, ACYR, Antigua
Jumby Bay Resort
Sunset Over Nevis from Antigua
Dinghy Spa, Sun Bay, Vieques
Petroglyphs, St. John, USVI
Reef Trail, St. John, USVI
Old San Juan
El Morro
El Morro, San Juan, Puerto Rico
Arecibo Radio Telescope, Puerto Rico
GPS Anyone? El Yunque, Puerto Rico
Beautiful Flamingo Beach, Culebra, SVI
Loblolly Bay, Anegada 
(T Shirt courtesy Kootenay Liquidators)
Cow Wreck Bay Beach Bar, Anegada
(Bill & Roy supporting local business)
Lunch in Anguilla
Andy & Kitty
Arrivals at Maho Beach, St. Maarten
Take Off from Maho Beach
Isla del Sol Marina, St. Maarten
Entering Simpson Bay Lagoon, St. Maarten
Stanford Cricket Grounds, Antigua
Cocoa Point Beach,Barbuda
Toys, Falmouth Harbour, Antigua
English & Falmouth Hbrs from Shirley Heights
Dominica Bound
St. Pierre, Martinique
Roy, Michelle & Bill at St. James Distillery
Bill - scientific sampling
Bonanza with a buoy and a helper
 
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Who: Bill & Leona
Port: Halifax, NS, Canada