Guadeloupe to Antigua
Chris and Penny Manley
Sat 20 Apr 2013 15:50
We are now in Antigua tied up in Nelson’s Dockyard marina in English harbour. We left Deshais at 5.30 a.m for the 40+ miles sail across to Antigua. The wind was from east-north-east force 4-5, we had 2 reefs in the main and our full genoa. The sail was enjoyable until we were about 2 hours away from Antigua when it got quite rough. We were all pleased to get in and tied up to something solid.
Nelson’s dockyard is where Nelson was stationed in 1784, and he eventually took over as naval commander. Many of the old buildings remain and are now restaurants, bars and shops. It is all very well presented and a nice spot to spend a few days. Can’t say the same for the weather which is overcast with frequent showers and windy. We have spent 2 nights here and will stay another one and then move to a bay before starting the journey back down to Grenada,
Yesterday we did a tour of the island with “Spray” to see all the sights. Today we will walk, between showers, to the fort at the entrance to the harbour. “Spray” is hoping to go to Barbados to drop off Bill, and meet up with old friends as Ian and Gerry lived there for a few years. They keep trying to persuade us to accompany them – we will if the winds are favourable. Barbados is the most easterly of the caribbean islands stuck out in the atlantic, so we will go if the conditions are right.
Antigua looking north east.
English harbour in the foreground with Falmouth in the background. Our boats are just about in the centre of the photo.