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from Admiralty Bay, Bequia in position 13:00.51 N
The winds did not really serve to
Carriacou so we took the opportunity to charge batteries and commission the
Usually we pass by Carriacou but this
time we made a taxi tour with an animated local called Thomas. I wanted to see
the wooden boat building at Windward and we were not disappointed as a fine
craft was taking shape on the beach in accordance with the local tradition.
Another benefit now in Tyrell Bay is free wifi courtesy of Tyrell Bay Haul Out.
This is an ever more popular facility at the most frequented anchorages. Pity
the poor operators trying to make a living from charging for wifi!! We resisted
the offer of mangrove oysters from the boat boys, but were pleased to see Simon
with his wine supplies at reasonable prices.
Hillsborough and Sandy
Boat Building at
We also stocked up at Hillsborough
from the recently opened "Pattys" delicatessen, another most welcome
improvement. It was quite a shock too when I was able to clear Customs and
Immigration the next day in less than 30 minutes! Onward to Union where again
clearance was swift not that the APIS security forms have been suspended for
yachts. Clifton has become somewhat a rip-off for yachts so we kept purchases to
a minimum and sailed on to Mayreau where we anchored in Saline Bay and managed
to climb the hill before dark to enjoy the excellent view of the Grenadines and
the lovely simple Catholic church. We dined on lobster in Island Paradise whose
very reasonable prices are further reduced as the Captain eats for
As it was Wednesday, we decided to
head up to Mustique for the jump-up at Basil's Bar. The winds were kind and we
had a fast reach, although the port primary winch decided to suffer a sticking
The Anchorage at
Chris and Val at the Cotton Club
The music at Basil's was an acquired
taste but the buffet barbeque was good and of course, we all ate too much.
Another taxi tour took us around the Island the next day and after 2 nights we
set sail for Admiralty Bay, Bequia where we are now moored. Bequia is a great
place to stock up the yacht and we are now supplied with enough oranges to keep
the juicer busy for weeks.
On Saturday, we took the early (very
early!!) ferry to St Vincent and had a full day tour arranged by local
entrepreneur Sam Taxi. The poverty of St Vincent, especially in the North is
quite a contrast from the opulence of Mustique. For us, the highlight of the
tour was a visit to the beautiful Montreal Gardens.
Val gets her Grapefruit in St
We have seen Tabasco Jazz,
Soundwayve, Moon Song and Nyami Nyami in Bequia, all headed North and many bound
for the OCC drink-up in St Lucia on the 12th January.