From our anchorage in Carriacou we could find
no possibility of watching the England-Australia match but had wind of a
bar in Bequia (35 miles north) which might be persuaded to open up at 0500 and
provide breakfast afterwards. After a another spectacular dive on Tuesday
off Carriacou we were looking at the charts prior to sailing up to Bequia on
Wednesday. John suddenly realised that Bequia at 13degrees N is outside
our insured limit by 20 miles until the end of November. But the wonders
of modern communications came to our aid again. An email at 2200 local time to
Fastnet Marine Insurance in Southampton and a rugby fanatic underwriter
produced a sympathetic reply by 0800 next morning. So here we are in
Bequia. On Thursday we celebrated our 27th wedding anniversary with dinner
at The Old Fort Inn, an old plantation house, with spectacular views, a fresh
water swimming pool, and limitless hot water showers.
We made use of all the facilities
and, still out of season, had undivided attention.
We awoke at 0400 on Saturday morning and were
ashore at The Salty Dog for the kick-off at 0500. Chris was in her element
and the atmosphere electric. When we could all relax again we consumed a
hearty breakfast with sausages, black pudding, beans, bacon and eggs.
We returned to Oriole and dressed overall to
celebrate and somewhat unconventionally are flying an enormous red ensign from
the mast by courtesy of Cunard and John's late uncle Captain Jim Armstrong. Next
week we return to the Southern Grenadines to search for Union Island again and
meet up with Liz.