For the first time we are in Antigua for the Classics Weekend and able to enjoy looking at the beautiful yachts in Falmouth. The varnish work is unbelievable and the amount of work and money put into them must be very high.
We saw ‘Exodus’ being launched last Easter and saw her alongside another one of Alwyn’s sloops, ‘Genesis’. Both are racing here this weekend.
From Jolly Harbour we sailed around to Carlisle Bay on Monday, after the Fish & Chip bus visit of course. Cooking has been a big part of the holiday, with a variety of new recipes tried out, despite the heat in the galley.
One of the problems is that everything melts really quickly if you need to cream butter and sugar or rub butter into flour, so a pastry turns liquid before you get a chance to roll it out. Melting recipes are better, such as ginger cake.
Siân has also tasted some Caribbean food, including Guava Cheese (a sweet jelly) and fresh coconut water straight from the nut. She has cooked yet another lime pie and this time decorated it with little easter eggs. We also did a full turkey roast, complete with brussel sprouts!
Siân is now proficient at snorkelling and has enjoyed a lot of time looking for turtles and starfish. On one trip we also saw a pipefish and crab in the clear water of Carlisle Bay.
Another day we paid less than a pound to get the bus into the capital, St John’s, to check out the shops near the cruise ship docks. These were empty as the very short cruising season is now over.
The shopping area is very nicely laid out and only a short walk from the bus station. From experience we decided not to take her into the meat market, as it can be a very traumatic sight!
Sadly, Owen and Siân return home tomorrow evening and we will miss them both. We will stay around Falmouth for a few more days, taking in the free parties at the Antigua Yacht Club and going to a cream tea event in the Admiral’s Inn. The winds are higher this weekend but we should be able to set sail on Wednesday, either to Montserrat or Guadeloupe.