Well, it has been 2 months, so definitely time to move on and we were glad to get a weather window on Tuesday to move north.
Dennis and Paula arrived from the UK on the 15th and spent time getting used to the cruiser’s lifestyle, getting soaked during the dinghy ride into the next couple of bays, attending cookery class, eating pizza at Prickly Bay, playing dominoes and finding out that a shopping list is pretty much useless in some supermarkets 🙂
Paula and I went to the Mount Airy Reader’s Programme on Saturday morning to help the youngsters read and find out where all the volunteers came from. The cruisers gave the school a big map of the world as a Christmas present. Rob and Dennis went to the bakery for Chelsea Buns instead.
Sadly it was time to say goodbye to some good new friends but we hope to see them again up and down the island chain this season. We sailed around the headland into Port Louis marina for 1 night of luxury, wandered around St George’s and had a meal in the marina restaurant. The service was appalling that night for some reason, with a 45 minute wait for dessert but we got the meal free with the manager’s apologies.
Next morning we sailed to Carriacou, a trip of 6 hours and anchored next to our friends on Smart Move, another 473. A quick beer ashore and it was time to get to bed ready to clear out at 0800 the next morning. By 0915 we were on our way, caught a tuna for tea and clocked over 8 knots in a Force 5. The wind was slightly south of east, so for a change we could sail straight to Bequia.
It is the Jazz and Blues Festival this weekend, so we expected the bay to be very busy but were pleasantly surprised. Clearing in after 4pm we had to pay overtime, so for the 4 of us it cost well over 50 GBP. We dived this morning at Moonhole, giving us a chance to catch up with our instructor from last May, Jesse. Charlie the parrot is still at Dive Bequia but didn’t bother to speak to us as usual!
Tonight we are off to the Frangipani Hotel for the first night of the festival and tomorrow to De Reef for Dana Gillespie and the London Blues Band. Should be a couple of good nights as several of our friends have also arrived here for the Jazz. Saturday we head south again, as Dennis and Paula have to fly home on Wednesday and want to dive at Mayreau and see the Tobago Cays before they leave. Luckily the wind has moved north easterly now, although it will be stronger with a bigger swell but ‘downhill’ always feels better 🙂