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GOOD SAILING…, FINALLY June 16, 2014

Posted by sailingnightwatch in Durbeck, FL, Florida, ICW, Pensacola, Repairs, Restoration, Sailing, Sailing the ICW.
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Off again at 8 am for Canquon. About 4 hours. Nice sail till the north side of island then the seas built and it again got very roily. This was not any where near as bad as going to St Vincent. But 30+ degree rolls are a pain.

Nice bay, but open to the west. Was some shat roily. During the night we had a thunderstorm. At least one rumble or thunder and one flash of lightening.

First time in months. The area of both the Leeward and Windward has been with out rain for almost a year. The lush color of the island looks like New England in the winter. The local say the trees will come back after some good rain. I tried to break a small twig that looked very dead and it was green on the inside. Therefore I guess they know of what they talk.

The next day we headed for Salt Whistle Bay on Mayreau. Great stop. There were big seas leaving the island and coming to the next. I guess we have to get used to that. These were not to bad. Got there in the morning and went to the resort for lunch. The hotel part of the resort is closed, (slow season) but the bar and kitchen are open. When I get a chance I get an hamburger. They are excellent. I think it is because they have a higher fat content then we are used to in the States. It might not be good for you, but what a way to go.

Lunch was great, and it was under little private pagodas. One direction you looked on the bay with the anchored boats. The other you looked across a 100 yards of sand and vegetation to the Caribbean. Really a neat place for an expensive lunch. I think we are getting used to this. We walked along the Caribbean and then went back to the bay and had a nice swim before returning to the boat for a nice afternoon nap.

The next day we sailed for an hour to Jamesby island in the middle of Tabago Cays. This is suppose to be one of the best snorkeling and diving spots in this part of the world. I do not think so. The water was a little murky. There were strong currents. Mostly rock and not a lot of coral, unless you went out to the outside of the reef. Not a safe place for us newbie’s. I did see my first sting ray in the wild. Otherwise it was a bust. Then the weather turned bad. Squalls and high winds. We left the next morning because the real divers were not getting into the water. Maybe next time.

We went on to Clifton, Union Island. These island are all with in a few miles of one another. Nice. It is where we will check out of St Vincent and enter into Granada. Our southern goal. We may spend some of the day here tomorrow, get some bread, check on laundry before moving on. The mate says there are 3 thing you need at any anchorage. Garbage, bakery and laundry. We got rid of the garbage today to a boat boy, Could stand some fresh bread. We are getting spoiled by having fresh baked bread, always. We could go several day before laundry becomes and issue.

Will try to get this off tomorrow.

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1. Jane Bernard - June 18, 2014

Where was the current so strong that Mary had difficulty? Will be interested to hear if Grenada suffers from daught as well. Keep on sailin’ and postin’ !

sailingnightwatch - July 3, 2014

That was in the Tobago Cays. The drought was not as bad as further north. It is starting to rain here almost daily, their rainy season and thing are greening up.


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