St Kitts to Nevis.
We were up early and left the anchorage at
7.40am. There was a gentle offshore breeze and we motor-sailed the 11
miles to Nevis in 3 hours arriving in Gallows Bay, Charleston at 10.40.
There were 3 obvious mooring buoys off the jetty so we picked one up and went
ashore to clear in. We had already decided to stay just one night so we
were able to clear in and out at the same time. In Nevis,
you have to clear in at the customs office but then walk across town to the
police station to complete an almost identical form for
“immigration”. Nevis was the
first place to stamp our passports since we had left the BVI. We took a
walk around the small town and managed to get some fresh vegetables in the
small market including a pineapple which turned out to be delicious –
should have bought more!
We first moored at the bottom right
hand corner on the
Will this anchor fit on Imagine?!?!?!
We returned to the boat as the port office was closed
so we were unable to pay for the mooring and in any case had read in the pilot
book that it is better to anchor a mile or so back along Pinney’s
Beach. When we got there, we found it was festooned with dozens of
mooring buoys but very few boats. As we hadn’t paid, we decided to
anchor which we prefer to do anyway. Mooring buoys are an unnecessary
waste of valuable cash and are there for the charter boats who of course we
look down upon as “mere tourists” now!!!!!
of the many wrecks off the coast courtesy of
Hurricane David in 1979
As soon as we were anchored, we took a swim in the
clear green water. We found a Sand Dollar (like a small oval cake) and
several Six-Keyhole Sand Dollars (flat and round) but didn’t keep them as
they are just too brittle (and you’re not supposed to keep them
anyway!) So rare to find them in such good condition. Sam did
however keep the golf ball she found on the bottom in about 4 meters of
water. It was stamped Sonesta Beach Resort which is about 2 miles further
down the coast so either someone had driven it very hard off the tee or it had
fallen off one of the visiting boats.
Top side of the Sand Dollar (approx actual
Six-Keyhole Sand Dollars (slightly smaller than
We also took the opportunity to give the hull and prop
a good scrub. There was now quite a bit of weed and lots barnacles on the
bottom of the keel but Sam was able to duck dive down and get most of it off
while I did the same to the prop with a wire brush. A great anchorage and
no rolling so no wine spillages and a good nights sleep – Yippee!