15th January – 21st January 2011
We made it back to Bequia in time to pick up Sally &
Brian, Alan’s mum and step dad and anchored in the same place as
before. Despite the now usual torrential downpour which greeted them and
soaked their bags they seemed pleased to be here.
We headed back to Tobago Cays but it was a bit rough for
Sally & Brian so we retreated to Mayrou and Saline Bay.
The next day we made it into the picture postcard
Saltwhistle Bay where we had a lovely day if expensive. Whilst taking the
dinghy ashore in the evening we managed to tip it over, Sally and Mary ended up
in the water although somehow Alan stayed dry! Unfortunately the rucksack
with both cameras went floating off and when retrieved included two now defunct
cameras and a lot of soggy money. Sally had lost her only pair of glasses
but amazingly a snorkelling expedition in the morning managed to recover them
unharmed. Not wanting to be left out on the next trip Brian managed to
fall in on the beach and get covered in sand.
The next day we tried again to go to Tobago Cays but they
were still very rough so we anchored in the more sheltered but still beautiful channel
between the islands.
This seemed like an idyllic anchorage until an out of
control French charter boat managed to plough into us at speed whilst
attempting to turn into the strong winds in a narrow space. They hit us
side on with what felt like a massive force but fortunately we have a strong
boat and only scratched the sides but it is still a pain. Amazingly
having hit us they then attempted to anchor again and hit two more boats as the
whole anchorage looked on in fear and amazement.
Fortunately with the help of the park rangers they managed
to anchor just in the nick of time before the next 35 knot squall hit.
We then headed off for the famous celebrity island of
Mustique. It is a private island divided into about 200 plots each having
a massive posh villa. That evening we ate, drank and danced in Basils bar
with a few other boats as it was Graham from Nakesa’s birthday. It
was very expensive but great fun and worth it as a one off.
In the morning we hired a buggy and toured the island
looking at the many manicured gardens, deserted beaches and posh villas.
The village shop sold Liz Hurley tops for $250 but I just
couldn’t decide which one to get so settled for a lettuce!