On boxing day the sun finally came out and the winds kicked
in and we had a beautiful sail south to St Vincent
In St Vincent we moored for the night against the remains of
the Pirates of the Caribbean set
We then sailed the final few miles to Bequia where it
started to feel like the Caribbean
We said goodbye to Roger on the 28th and spent the
day sorting the boat and re filling the aft cabin with
‘stuff’. The next day we booked a couple of dives with Dive
Bequia which were really good, the visibility was amazing and we saw loads of
We weren’t sure how long we would spend in Bequia but
we soon met up with quite a few boats we knew and decided to stay for new
year. We had quite a few impromptu drinks on other boats plus tea and
Christmas cake on Stella which was great fun.
It turns out the weather was not quite so bad here for Christmas
but we still had fun in the rain. The Norwegians all had a big barbeque on the
beach in Bequia and it is a tradition every year to each pay EC$70 (£17)
towards the local orphanage, they then go and meet all the children the next
day and give them the money which is really nice. There were 26 Norwegian
boats on the ARC this year, the second most represented country after the UK. This
may be because Norway is booming at the moment as they produce a lot of oil and
gas. They are a really nice bunch and seem to have formed a really strong
group amongst themselves.
On New Year’s Eve we had Sestina, Toucan and Mariposa
for drinks on our boat and then moved on to Mariposa for late night drinks and
even a bit of dancing. At midnight there was a fantastic firework display
over the harbour and lots of boats let off flares which created a fantastic
The next morning one of the super yachts limped in to the
inner anchorage having been hit by a rouge tug boat – someone estimated
it will cost up to $1m to repair that!
On New Year’s Day we finally headed south to Tobago
Cays the jewel in the crown of the Caribbean and it was truly amazing.
The sea is bright turquoise and really beautiful - the pictures don’t
really do it justice. Near to where we anchored we could dinghy out to
the reef where the snorkelling was fantastic with lots of brightly coloured
fish. In the grassy area near the boat there were also lots of turtles
and sting rays. Sadly we don’t have an underwater camera so no
photos. We also took the dinghy over to many of the nearby sandy
beaches. Once the sun set the partying continued as Mariposa and Toucan
were also here for the first couple of days.
There were lots of stunning super yachts anchored
nearby. We liked to think that despite their millions they still have the
same view as us, swim in the same sea and look at the same fish!
We left after 3 days for Union Island stopping at Palm
Island on the way where we swam ashore for a beer.
After Union Island we went to Carriacou before arriving in
Grenada. We are a bit behind schedule having arrived in St Lucia a week
later than planned and then having been delayed by the rain so need to get a
move on. Grenada is stunning but we do not have long as we need to be
back in Bequia to meet Alan’s mum who is meeting us for 6 days on the 15th.
So far the sailing has been fairly easy as we have been heading SW but with the
winds from the NE or E it will be a bit of a slog to get back so I hope we make
it in time.
Sorry we have been a bit slack in updating our blog but time
just seems to fly by plus we wanted to wait until we had wi-fi so that we could
send some photos.
We were originally planning to sail back via Bermuda and the
Azores in May / June but are now contemplating doing the east coast of the US
instead and then shipping Stella back in September as it will the be too late
in the season to sail back. We’re still not sure if this is going to be
possible as we need to have a US visa which you can’t get unless you
enter on a recognised carrier. We think we may be able to get a visa by getting
a ferry from UKVI to USVI and then keeping the I 94 which is valid for 90 days
but are not sure if this is then valid for the mainland. To apply for a visa
properly we either need to go to Trinidad or Barbados, neither of which are on
our itinerary. Now we have wi-fi we are starting to research it and it is not
obvious – if anyone has any knowledge or advice on this we would be very