Anegada 18:43.4N 64:23.1W
Serenity of Swanwick
Phil and Sarah Tadd
Sun 10 Apr 2016 22:20
Having crossed the Anegada passage visiting Anegada was a must do. The Island is only 10m high, 35 sq km with a population of 350. In season that population could be doubled by the arrival of tripper ships and cruising yachts. The island is surrounded by reefs with one small harbour in the SW corner.
The crossing from Virgin Gorda was quite straight forward, beam reaching across the trade winds so the 13 miles took about 2hrs with another hour to motor slowly into the harbour along a narrow channel which was quite shallow in places. In the mooring area we have about 2.4metres of water, we have 1.8metres draft so not a lot to spare.
As soon as we had picked up a mooring the man was alongside to collect dues and give us a menu for the restaurant he was touting for. Lobster dinners are the speciality here and can cost up to $70 for a large one (bit more than we want to pay for an evening meal).
Yesterday we walked out to the west partly by the salt ponds looking for birdlife and then along the beach, once you leave the port area with its many restaurants there is nothing and nobody. Unfortunately there is a lot of seaweed washed up onto the shore so the beach isn't pristine white.
Today we walked out the other way toward The Settlement. Having battled our way through scrub to the beach we had a good walk having wade through the sea or head back inland in places where the mangroves are taking over the waters edge. Again we came back alongside the salt ponds where we could and managed to see the flamingos although they were very distant.
In among the anchored boats we recognised ‘Long John Silver’ the Dutch boat that was just ahead of us crossing the Atlantic, and who was part of the New Year’s Eve radio conversation we had. They are now heading back to Europe via the Bahamas and Azores, so we have arranged to purchase their surplus EC dollars.
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