Dominica to Antigua
Chris and Penny Manley
Fri 18 Apr 2014 13:15
Monday 31st March – Tuesday 8th April
We spent a couple of days in Prince Rupert Bay and took the Indian River trip. This is a river in amongst the mangroves with lots of wild life especially if you go at first light. We used Monty the boat boy who had helped us pick up a buoy when we arrived. He took us to the start of the river in his high speed boat where we transferred to a rowing boat as no engines are allowed and it is also very shallow in places. We saw egrets, land crabs of varying sizes – Monty managed to capture one for a photo opportunity. The river was also used as a setting for the witches house in the second “Pirates of the Caribbean” film.
Land crab in the roots of the strange blood trees.
When we left Dominica we went to The Saints a small group of islands just south of Guadeloupe for a couple of days then did an overnight sail to Antigua. We had already arranged with English Harbour/Nelsons Dockyard for a berth in the small marina, which was just as well as the place was full of very large Oysters (posh boats). >From there we visited Shirley Heights with its fantastic views back over English Harbour and Falmouth and across to Guadeloupe.
We them moved a short distance around the corner into Carlisle Bay and had a pleasant night with only a couple of other boats moored in the bay. From there we made our way to Jolly Harbour with a lunch time stop in Hermitage bay – very windy with murky water.
We made our way into Jolly Harbour via the marked channel getting a bit concerned when the depth under the keel dropped to 0.5m, but we made it safely into the marina.
This was the last stop for Liz and Keith. We hope they enjoyed their taste of “ocean sailing”. We enjoyed having them on board even if they left giving us their colds and having eaten all the marmite!