Position 12:36.31N 61:27.06W
Date 2359 Local - 31 December 2010
(All times in this entry refer to local time, UTC -4 unless stated as
It was a short sail from the Tobago Cays across to Clifton
on Union Island
where we went ashore for some shopping and to clear out of St Vincent and the Grenadines for
Customs and Immigration.
is a bright town built around the harbour and very much orientated towards
yachtsmen. There are poignant reminders of the oppression of slavery on the
monuments in the central square.
Clearing as usual was fun and involved walking out to the airport to
find the duty immigration officer, the office in Clifton being closed, we assume for the New
Another short sail took us to Chatham Bay
where we arranged to have a New Year Eve barbeque on the beach organised by one
of the well known local characters “Shark Attack”. What this
lacked in creature comforts it made up for with the quality of the food and we
ate very well on barbequed lobster, pork and chicken with backed potatoes,
spiced rice and coleslaw, all washed down with a dangerous rum punch served
from a 2 litre water container.
Fortunately Shark Attack’s two communal tables were sheltered by
roofs as the evening came to an end with a torrential downpour. We enjoyed the
company of a family who live in Venezuela
but with a varied North American background and with sons at University in the USA and Canada.
Old Year End, as it is referred to here, was piped out in due form,
despite the rum punch.