15:34.0N 61:28.5W Antigua to Dominca

Tue 17 Jan 2012 21:21

From: Philip
Sent: Saturday, January 14, 2012 1:29 AM
To: blog
Subject: 15:34.0N 61:28.5W Antigua to Dominca

Hello there.
It's been a while now but we finally managed to leave Antigua! We had a great time and checked out loads of little beaches and bays, met some really sound people and took in some history in the form of Nelson's Dockyard in English Harbour, Shirley Heights and St. Johns. It was so good to see our girlfriends but after 3 weeks paradise was turning into a bit of a glue pot. To be quite honest we could have been anywhere in the end but it served it's purpose and we all had a well earned rest. Everything takes a long time to get done, especially over the Christmas and new year period, but we finally got all our problems sorted and a nice new blue line painted along our boat which makes her look beautiful and really accentuates her lines. It is so hot here though that you literally sweat uncontrollably when you try and do anything on the boat. Nevertheless we are a happy boat again and have settled back into life at sea.
We left Antigua on the evening of the 10th and headed to Montserrat where we anchored overnight. Despite half the island being devastated by a volcano eruption in 1995 which saw the biggest evacuation since Dunkirk, it was quite beautiful. It was only 30 miles from Antigua and perfect to test out all the work we had done on the boat and everything is back working perfectly!
We were originally going to head straight for Panama across the Caribbean Sea but decided to island hop to be safe and so we could check out more of the islands. The plan now is to go down to Saint Lucia via various islands and cut across the top of South America via the ABC islands; Aruba, Bonaire and Curacao. The sail down to Guadeloupe from Montserrat was possibly the best we have ever done. Close hauled with a stiff 18 knots of wind in flat seas and averaging a steady 7 knots and no annoying swells. 
Guadeloupe was pretty standard but Dominica looks beautiful and we have just arrived. Apparently this is the most unspoilt island of them all and we will be checking her out tomorrow. The seas were high and there was 30 knots of wind so it was quite hard going but now we have settled down on a mooring boy and got 2 crates of beer off a boat boy called Danny Seabird! Thank fuck we are not at anchor as it is now blowing a proper hoolie.
All is good though and I will keep you posted, probably when we hit Saint Lucia.
Lots of love xx