Had a very nice five day stop over in English harbour. We moored just off the beach in the outer entrance with many other boats. Back home you would not dream of anchoring so close
to other boats but seems needs must out here. The anchor was also
very noisy as there were quite a few rocks on the bottom, but
it quietened down considerably when we fitted a line
to the top of the chain to dampen out vibrations.
Becca Norris got to see her first turtles and was also
very fortunate to see a small pod of dolphins that
circled the harbour one afternoon. There were also loads of
large brown pelicans which kept free diving into the sea
from considerable height and seemed very efficient at catching fish.
Catherine's cafe at Antigua slipway was popular
late afternoon hangout and we had e very good meal at the Italian restaurant also
at the slipway. Nobody seemed to mind us rowing ashore at nelson dockyard and
we had free reign of all the facilities here and could also walk through to
Suzy developed a morning ritual of rowing ashore and then
going for an hour's run round the steep and very warm harbours.
On Sunday night we went up to Shirley heights and
climbed a beautiful trail that started just at the back of the beach. Food,
beer and entertainment was very good but we took the easier choice of a taxi
back to the beach.
On Monday we sailed back to Jolly Harbour to fill the
water tanks and boost the batteries and settle into a relaxed few days round the
pool pending the return of the glamorous girls to the UK