Talulah's Log - Mayreau and Tobago Cays
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Paul & Anette Morris
Sat 30 Dec 2006 22:07
position "12:38.815N 061:23.470W"
Saturday 30th December 2006
Canouan was great. A sleepy little island that has just woken up. The locals were very friendly and very accommodating to the visiting yachts moored just off the town.
We left there yesterday to sail to Tobago Cays, only 8 miles away. The wind was fresh, and there was a bit of a sea running in the channel between the islands. (Anette actually got wet sitting in the cockpit!), But progress was swift and we arrived in just over an hour - to a very crowded anchorage! We could have stayed, but even the beaches on the tiny islands were crowded with people from the many charter boats that run out of Union Island. So we took Talulah on a tour around the islands then left to go on to Mayreau, 2 miles away. From a distance it looked idyllic, and it was as we made our way around the top of the island and down into Saltwhistle Bay - which also had a lot of charter boats in, but most of them seemed to go as evening drew in.
Last night Anette and I went ashore onto the white sand, found a small restaurant right on the beach, ate Tuna, and then just walked along the beach or sat on the sand and watched the moon and stars, and listened to the crashing waves on the reef not far away.
Breakfast this morning was fresh papaya and banana.
The second to last day of the year saw us watching pelicans fishing on the reefs, and us moving around Union Island to Chatham Bay. I think that this bay is what the West Indies must have looked like 20 years ago. There are a few other yachts anchored in the bay, but not many. The water is crystal clear, and although the shore has a long beach, the lush green hills behind rise very steeply to craggy outcrops. There are a couple of shacks on the beach - one of which has a reputation for fish.
A boat-boy met us as we anchored and asked us if we wanted to eat at the "Shark attack" restaurant (shack) ashore. We said yes and he asked to tell us what we wanted, tuna or lobster. We opted for tuna (again!), and he said "seven o'clock sharp on de beach...!" He came back in his boat 10 minutes later and asked to bring our own plate, knives and forks....." cus we'se runnin a lil' short man". Where else would that happen????