No, not those induced by the Christmas diet but the Caribbean style Christmas winds 🙂
We have had a week of winds between 25 and 30 knots, keeping the sensible sailors in harbour. Last year they began early too and lasted until the end of January but you just can’t tell. With our friends arriving mid January, we hope they subside before then. To see and hear the waves crashing over the reefs makes us glad to be safely anchored in the bay. One boat, left here for ages, sank this week or half sank really, as the other hull of the catamaran is still afloat. A case of beers floated off as it had been used as a party boat. One cruiser got an early present! The concern was environmental damage from oil and debris but we heard on the radio net that divers will be trying to refloat it today.
Life here is just as pleasant as ever, with lots of seasonal events and food in the supermarket, including After 8 mints, Walkers shortbread and tins of Quality Street and Thornton’s chocolates. Local restaurants are hosting buffets, set meals or pot lucks (where everyone brings a dish to share). On Thursday we are going to a lights event at the Botanical gardens, following the cookery class at True Blue resort. They also hosted a fantastic Christmas Fayre on Sunday, with lots of great stalls. I managed to get Rob a few presents!
Beyzano is fully decorated now. Blue Solar lights outside and inverter powered lights inside, with a small gold tree and Rob’s wicker tree which he made in a workshop at Center Parcs in 2009. Rob was teased mercilessly! That was our last Christmas with our children and we do miss them, this time of year, especially.
Our bay is organising a dinghy drift tonight to celebrate full moon and we will be decorating the dinghy with lights and singing carols as we drift around. All good fun! Karen has been giving free massage classes again and a group of us got together last Thursday to practice. Very relaxing. Tai chi and yoga sessions run several times a week too. All free. There is so much to do you are spoilt for choice but it is good to have so many options and have everything well organised.
Last night we met Barry and Robyn for half price pizza night in the next bay. Just 5 GBP for a huge pizza we shared. The well run marina has decorated the bar and stage with very tasteful lights and are serving turkey on Christmas Day. They have quiz nights where everyone gets a prize, bingo nights and great music. Their internet booths can be seen on the left of the photo.
Lately we have met 2 couples who have been sailing for more than 30 years, all over the world. The last time one couple was here was 32 years ago, when only 2 boats were in Prickly Bay, now home to over 100 at a guess. So much has changed for cruisers since then. Hearing their stories makes me keen to head on through to the Pacific but we need to see a lot more of the Caribbean before then.