Antigua - Xmas
After a couple of nights celebrating in Jolly Harbour, Alison & Peter arrived at the villa they had rented for 6 days and helped us celebrate some more. We had a relaxing few days with A & P, cooking each other dinner, doing a few jobs and changing the boat from Ocean mode to Cruising with guests, i.e. clearing out the focstle, putting things away and fixing the stern toilet. We also managed to get someone to fix the autopilot.
The broken autopilot pin.
The fixed and fitted pin.
We all celebrated my birthday over 2 nights before we left Jolly Harbour and had really nice dinners at 2 of the Italian restaurants. We then on the 22nd sailed up the west coast of Antigua to Deep Bay and anchored for the night. The water wasn’t very clear for snorkelling, but it was a very nice setting. It was a pretty short sail, but a good beam reach for an hour or two and a good introduction again for Alison & Peter.
A rock Hawksbill rock (a type of Turtle).
On the 23rd we sailed down towards English Harbour and had a really good sail, while going south, but then had a real slog for almost 2 hours into the wind to reach English Harbour. We anchored in Freeman’s Bay off the beach.
On the 24th we moved into Nelson’s Dockyard, very close to where Susan & I were with the Blue Water Rally in 2009. We had a very nice Xmas Eve dinner at the hotel looking out at the harbour. On Xmas day we had the traditional Champagne party on the dockside and Xmas dinner on board.
We are now about to set off to sail up to the anchorage at Jolly Harbour on our way up to Barbuda. It is nice to have the fairly consistent and predictable winds again rather than the fickle winds of the Mediterranean (I may regret saying that!!).
We need to look back at the 2009 photo at the Nelson’s Dockyard fort!
The full motley crew!
At Nelson’s Dockyard.
Alison & Peter in party mode.