We simply had a ball in Antigua!!!
So much so that I did not have any time to “do”
a blog whilst we were there. Consequently I am now writing this blog whilst on
passage from English Harbour (Galleon
Beach) to Bequia in the
St Vincent & Grenadines. (Windward Islands).
I would have sent this last night, as it’s a two day
passage, but we ran into unforecast 35 to 40 knot winds and quite big seas, so
sitting at a rolling keyboard typing was simply mission impossible! But hey
man, the sun is shinin’, and it sure is hot, hot………………………
So as soon as we had arrived in Jolly
Harbour we arranged for all the
various jobs to be done to the boat, ordered spare parts and arranged for them
to be shipped in to Antigua. Which pre-Christmas
in the Caribbean is a challenge in itself. In
fact I think the Atlantic crossing might have been easier…
Then it was off on an organised around the island trip. This
included the capital St John’s
and too many places of interested to touch on them all. However,
in the North of the Island offered spectacular
scenery and stunning water clarity.
Whilst Old Betsey’s Sugar Cane Plantation was very interesting. Much
reference to slavery and emancipation (I can hear Bob Marley again). And a fascinating
insight into the past way of life in Antigua.
Nelsons Dockyard in English harbour is something else (more
Finally we ended up at OJ’s Restaurant and Bar on the
beach, where we watched another spectacular sunset and had our first party in Antigua. (Ooops, actually our second party…..)
It was then back to Jolly harbour and time to progress the
various jobs on Zipadedoda. These were many and varied and I will not bored you
with all the details. Except that it is virtually impossible to obtain some
European electrical parts on the Island. So
you have to be brave and do things like replacing a din rail mounding Merlin
Gerin 25Amp single pole contactor with a bulkhead mounting three phase
unit…….and then spend two days re-wiring all the power switching
system on the boat. But it works…….
The other essential is to have the boat fitted out with
“local” anti-fouling. Goes by the name of Island
44 and kills all known marine creatures that might want to settle on your hull.
Totally illegal in Europe and a must have
in the Caribbean. Unless that is you want to
tow along your own reef………..It comes in a very limited range
of colours so Zipadedoda now has a red bottom. A very expensive one at that!
Had the topsides redone with AWLwash and AWLCare. Courtesy of Bob Marley and
Sailor and the team, in Jolly
Harbour boat yard. Yes,
those really are their names!
Doesn’t she look great????
Tony and Christine Diment from the BWR organisers went back
to the UK
for Christmas for the first time in several years. So they arranged a last
night out to remember. First of all we had cocktails on Heidenskip, as guests
of Robert and Wendy. Then a fun time as guests of the TOT Club in the Antigua
Yacht Club in Falmouth Harbour, followed by diner at the Calabash Restaurant
on Galleon Beach. This turned into a serious party
and did not end until the wee small hours………..
They say a picture is worth a thousand words…………………….how