Back to Moonbeam after our walk we decided to up
anchor and head for Conception Island, just 20 miles to the
The wind was very light so we motor sailed up to
the beautiful bay at the NW corner of the island where we anchored with a dozen
other boats including "Wings" and "
Nayaa" that we were with in La Gomera.
While the beach here reminds us of Vatersay there
are always other things reminding us of home. A few days ago we heard the yachts
"Iolair" and "Isle of Arran" on the VHF radio; in the Turks and Caicos's it
turns out that PRATT is a common name and we decided not to visit PITTSTOWN on
Crooked Island as we were not sure who we would meet!
Chatting to another "Red Ensign" yacht ( not many
about) "Amazing Grace" he said he was from Dunblane and when we mentioned David
Vass he said " Oh Yes, Dr.Vass was my Scoutmaster"! Small world.
The water here is not only warm but very clear and
in the evening a 7ft Lemon Shark was swimming under the yachts in the bay. The
snorkelling is excellent with the best visibility yet and some of the coral
formations are fascinating.
Thursday morning in company with "Wings" and
"Nayaa" we took 3 dinghies up the short river into the shallow lagoon in the
middle of the island. Here there were turtles, a nurse shark and snapper darting
about as well as several different birds exploring the drying