Category Archives: St Vincent

Leah’s visit – Tobago Cays

Tobago Cays, Grenadines turtleTobago Cays, Grenadines Next we were off to the Tobago Cays. This is an amazing place, surrounded by the Horseshoe Reef and is a National Park. They charge 10 EC (about $4) per day per person to be here and it is well worth it. The water south of the island called Baradel is roped off as turtles like to eat the grass just off it. Swimming with the turtles is an amazing experience and we saw lots!! Because we anchor close to this island, turtles pop out of the water on a regular basis to look at us.
Scrawled filefish, Tobago CaysWe had several snorkels, on different parts of the reef and saw lots of the usual fishes. There was one that was new to us, the Scrawled Filefish, and Leah captured it on camera for us.
Tobago Cays, St Vicent We went to shore on Petit Bateau for a local barbeque of fresh lobster with all the trimmings. We didn’t think we could eat all the food they provided but we made short work of it!
We had to go back to Union Island to check out of St Vincent. Sailing to Grenada The next day we had a great sail back to Grenada, and we spotted a large leatherback turtle, the first we had seen at sea in over 13,000 miles.

Leah’s visit – Sailing North

Leah sailing, Grenada Snowaway sailing north, GrenadaWe thought we had a good weather window for heading north for a week. So we sailed to Carriacou, an island which is part of Grenada but close to the Grenadines. We spent 2 nights in Tyrrel Bay, our first visit there in the 3 seasons we have spent in the Caribbean. It was much quieter than we expected but very beautiful. It was the first opportunity Leah had to see a sunset over the water.
Carricou, Grenada We walked to Hillsboro, the main town on the island for lunch. Along the way were great views of this beautiful island and its outer islands.
We checked out of Grenada and sailed across to Union Island, the first check-in point for St Vincent and the Grenadines. We anchored off Frigate Island while Richard and Leah went to check-in.
Salt Whistle Bay, Mayreau The next day we sailed up to Mayreau and anchored in Saline Bay. The winds had picked up a bit and we thought this was a good place for a few nights. We have never seen more than 6 boats in this bay. Both nights we were there were about 28 boats in the bay! We walked over to Salt Whistle Bay, a favorite anchorage of many cruisers and charters. We have never stopped here because it is too crowded but we can see the appeal of this bay…
Salt Whistle Bay, Mayreau

Bequia

Admiralty Bay, Bequia We are currently in Admiralty Bay on Bequia. We arrived on Monday after a slow sail from the Pitons.
The winds have been strong since we got here; a fellow cruiser said he recorded 38 knot winds on Tuesday. We have seen 2 boats drag their anchors, one hit another boat, and one mooring with a large ketch on it dragged at least 60 feet.
Richard at Fort Hamilton, BequiaWe walked up to Fort Hamilton yesterday; it is on a 300 foot high hill at the entrace to Admiralty Bay. It was constructed by the British in the late 1700s and is named after Alexander Hamilton who was born on Nevis.
Tomorrow the winds should be okay to travel further south. Our next stop will be Petit St Vincent.

Christmas in the Tobago Cays

Tobago Cays We headed over to the Tobago Cays to spend Christmas. We had planned on going to Petit St Vincent and visit Mopion. Richard wants to have a bottle of beer there. But when we got up the weather looked gloomy so it was off to the Cays instead. We wanted to make sure we had a few good snorkels before the waves affected the visiblity.
Beers in Tobago Cays We were lucky to get a mooring ball away from the turtle area. The water had amazing colour and we saw lots of fish, turtles, lobsters and even a nurse shark. And we had our Mopion beers on Snowaway…
Tobago Cays swimmimgChristmas tree decoratingErica and I were able to swim/snorkel from the boat to Jamesby Island. It seemed to have a beautiful long beach but once we got there it only took us 5 minutes to walk from end to end twice!
And it was Christmas eve so we decorated the tree and had a nice rum with the boat mascots, Douglas and Rusty.
Xmas drinks, Tobago CaysOn Christmas the winds started to pick up so Erica and I went over to Arctic Vixen for cocktails leaving Richard to watch the boat. When we returned Richard had dinner ready: turkey burgers with cranberry cookies and chocolate for dessert.
We hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas!

Union Island

Erica sailing to Union Island We decided to do a long sail up the windward side of Grenada to Union Island. With Christmas coming up we were concerned about getting checked into St Vicent and the Grenadines. We started out at first light in a rain shower and for the first 2 hours we got pretty wet. But once we headed north we got good winds and were able to sail most of the way to Chatham Bay. Erica found that Snowaway sailed a bit differently than Sol Mate but she soon got the hang of it.
Snowaway, Union Island Once we got anchored several locals came to try to get us to go into their restaurants on the beach for dinner. Jerry selling lobsters, Union IslandI remembered the biting insects from last fall so we got Jerry to cook the lobster and deliver it to our boat. A much more civilized way to have lobster!