Statia and Nevis

Michael Hughes and Ger White
Thu 26 Mar 2009 22:08
We left St Barts on 23rd March--very enjoyable, but much longer would have bust the bank!! A lovely day--=lots of sun--perhaps not quite enough wind--we sailed relatively slowly most of the way, but had to resort to motor sailing when the wind dropped below 6 knots. For once we were able to use the table for lunch, without the plates falling off the table--or the food falling off the plates!! Not much swell.
 We arrived on Statia--or more properly St Eustatius--about 1530, giving just enough time to clear in. It's an interesting island--quiet and laid back--with lots of history. We did plenty of walking--including a climb up The Quill--an extinct volcano--and from the top a steep descent into the crater which is now covered in rainforest. So we staqyed until today-- the 26th, when we sailed for Nevis--this time plenty of wind and we averaged well over 7 knots, covering the 30 odd miles by 1230--cleared in and down to the moorings off the beach. Plan is to stay here until early next week, depending on weather etc
So all well on the good ship Simanderal..