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Bequia to Antigua

February 14, 2020

Our stay in Bequia was delightful. It is truly a cruiser’s paradise with a floating bar in the anchorage, fuel delivery to your boat, and great restaurants. We had our boom vang repaired (the only casualty of our Atlantic crossing) and watched the 49ers clinch a spot in the Super Bowl, closing down the bar since we appeared to be the only “gridiron” football fans.

The winds finally dropped to seasonal trade wind levels and we had a wonderful sail to St. Lucia, but much of the beautiful scenery was obscured by rain. We stopped in at charming Margot Bay and checked into the country without realizing that we arrived a few minutes after “closing”; the overtime charges were surprising steep.

We spent a week in Martinique with one night at Sainte Pierre in the shadow of Mt. Pelee volcano that erupted in 1902 killing the 29,000 inhabitants. While in Dominica we went scuba diving in the marine park and watched the 49ers lose to the Chiefs, once again closing down the beach bar.

We stopped in Guadeloupe at the Saints and celebrated Sandie’s birthday with dinner on the beach. Then on to Basse Terre where we put in to the Marina Riviera-Sens and gave Persephone her first proper fresh-water washdown since the Canary Islands. With the boat safely moored in the marina, we rented a car and explored Guadeloupe. We hiked through rain forests to the 350-foot Chutes du Carbet waterfall and swam in Crayfish Falls. We spent a couple of days anchored in the Cousteau Underwater Park at Pigeon Island and enjoyed some snorkeling. One night while sitting in the cockpit at Deshaies, we were treated to a nighttime rainbow courtesy of a full moon; a first for us.

We next sailed to Antigua and Falmouth harbor, the mega-yacht charter capital of the Caribbean with many of the world’s largest yachts. Everything in the harbor was up-scale including the chandleries and sail lofts which we took full advantage of.

We have worked our way up to Jolly Harbor where we have checked out of Antigua in preparation for our morning departure to Nevis and St. Kitts. The weather has been great except that rain squalls seem to pass through every few hours so we are expecting a wet trip.

An interesting note from our Atlantic crossing. Six days out of the Canary Islands we crossed paths in the night with a 4-man/woman rowboat that was part of a trans-Atlantic race. It made our passage seem like a piece of cake.


Diving Dominica


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