Our position is 12:37.92N
Left Salt Whistle bay at 9.45 heading for the Cays
under headsail with help when needed from the engine.
Our track took us north of Mayreau and through the
narrow channel between Petit Rameau and Petit Bateau to an anchorage in the lee
of Baradal Island. The area is one big reef with only a few meters of water and
sand and coral bottom the colours are amazing. The anchorage is protected from
the Atlantic swell by a horse shoe coral reef which extends from North
through East to south of the Cays. Of course it is hard to get paradise to
yourself these days, but as it is now out of season in the Caribbean, there are
only a few yachts in the anchorages and very few trippers. (Actually it is
better to use the buoys provided free of charge as it reduces the damage to the
coral from anchors.)
Relaxed on board in the afternoon and went ashore
on Petit Bateau for a barbeque supper, this time shared with a group of German
engineers one of whom was working in Cardiff for Meritor who make truck brakes.
They had chartered but were very interested in our Atlantic crossing and the ins
and outs of living aboard.
Thursday morning started with a visit from Sidney,
the well known tee shirt vendor from Union. We bought some shirts as ours are
getting a bit tatty.
We explored the uninhabited island of Babadal in
the morning and were pleased to find lots of birds and iguanas in the bush.
There were lots of paths to follow, and we soon lost each other but joined up
again later back at the beach near the sandspit on which we had left the
Back to Moorglade for lunch and collect the gear
for an afternoons snorkelling. The area is well known for turtles and rays. we
were not disappointed seeing both. Unfortunately only managed to photograph the
Are we getting bored with cruising round the
Caribbean? errr... NO!
Relaxing in the
Looking East to the reef
Buying T shirts from
on Baradal with Union and Carriacou in the distance
Iguanas feeding on the leaves
Leather Back turtle feeding on the sea