28/04/12 – Finally heading south to Grenada

We have had such fun in Antigua and the time to leave came around a little too quickly. We spent a few glorious days at Green Island and were fortunate enough to catch a 3kg Spanish Mackerel on our way back to Falmouth Harbour, so were able to say our farewells and have a fabulous last night fish dinner, kindly hosted by John & Lindsay Duffy at their home.

Moored at the historic Nelson’s Dockyard, English Harbour……….glorious isolation at Green Island

Our first destination was Deshaies on Guadaloupe where Amanda was particularly keen to visit the Botanical Gardens, as on our previous visit a few years before, it had been in torrential rain. It was definitely worth the trip and the gardens are probably the best we’ve ever seen, in variety and the way they are presented. From there the next stop was Les Saintes, before we then set off on an overnight sail to get back to St. Lucia.

The Deshaies Botanical Gardens in the sunshine…..the beaches in the Saintes are beautiful…

In Rodney Bay, St. Lucia, we had a couple of days to provision before meeting Simon and his crew of family and friends who were coming out to spend Easter on their boat, Casamara. We set off with them to continue south, stopping in Marigot Bay and the Pitons before crossing to Bequia to visit the turtle sanctuary. Then on to the paradise of Tobago Cays where we swam with turtles and ate barbecued lobster on the beach under the stars, an amazing experience. However, all too soon, Casamara had to head north again to catch their flight home.

Casamara at anchor in Marigot Bay, St. Lucia……coming back from a trip ashore at Marigot….

The turtle sanctuary in Bequia…………….the Casamaras off to swim with the turtles in the Cays

We spent a few lovely days touring around Union Island and the Cays, meeting a few local characters along the way, as well as managing to gate-crash Peter and Paula Norris’s honeymoon on Palm Island (I’m sure they’ll forgive us eventually)!

The local Jumbo coming into land on Union……the honeymooners on Palm….up close and personal!

The dock at Chatham Bay,  Union Island………..Happy Island, built on a foundation of Conch shells

Janti, builder/owner, barman and DJ on Happy Island…..Sydney, a ‘boat boy’ in Tobago Cays

On the trip down to Grenada, we caught our last fish of the season, a good size tuna, which we enjoyed very much. The lovely weather finally changed and we experienced 3 days of rain but by the time the yard lifted the boat, the temperature soared, which made the last few days interesting.

The final fish of the season, a tasty tuna……….arriving at Spice Marine, Grenada…after the rain

Out of the water till November, wow it’s hot….OK, it’s not that tough, our ‘digs’ ashore at True Blue

So, it was then a flight home, a quick change of bags and up to Edinburgh for the ‘Tot on Tour’, an event on the Royal Yacht Britannia organised by the Royal Naval Tot Club of Antigua and Barbuda.

A fitting end to the season. To the Queen, God bless her!

Onboard Britannia with Sandy & Beth for the ‘Tot’

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