June 2016: French West Indies and Dominica

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June 5th: Jolly Harbour, Antigua – Deshaies, Guadeloupe

At the beginning of June, we started to watch the weather. From now on, we would be heading almost due south, so our concern was the easterly trade winds and beam seas. Although conditions weren’t perfect, we found a window for cruising the fifty miles south to Guadeloupe. Just across from us was a sailboat, Symbiosis, which was heading in the same direction. W...

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April – May 2016: Antigua and St. Maarten

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April 17th: Jolly Harbour, Antigua – Pinney Beach, Nevis

We were due back at Simpson Bay Marina in St. Maarten on April 21st, when we would meet our friends Cat and Tim. We had a great weather window on April 17th, so we decided to leave and stay in Nevis for a few days. The perfect weather window was on Sunday, April 17th. I thought about checking out on Saturday, but the guide indicated that ...

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March 2016: St. Kitts and Nevis to Antigua

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February 29th – March 6th, 2016: White House Bay, St. Kitts

White House Bay is a far better anchorage than Basse Terre. The water is calm even when the wind is blowing, you don’t roll, it’s very scenic, and there is good snorkeling around the bay. There is a wreck in shallow water just off of the beach that makes for a good snorkel. There is a beach bar, Salt Plage, with a dinghy dock. All in all, White House Bay ...

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January 31st – February 4th: Road Bay, Anguilla

On Monday morning, we went ashore to check in. There is some confusion about the cruising permit in Anguilla. When we first read the guide, it sounded to us like we had to have a cruising permit, which for Tropical Blend would cost $150 per day – yikes! But upon re-reading, we figured out that if you kept the boat at Road Bay, no cruising permit was necessary. Our ch...

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December 2nd: Leverick Bay – Cooper Island

We left the North Sound for Cooper Island, with a stop at Spanish Town on the way. Spanish Town is the main settlement on Virgin Gorda, with a marina, a bank, several restaurants and several grocery stores. Since we were only staying for lunch and a little shopping, we took a mooring outside of the yacht harbor. On our first charter trip, we had taken one ...

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November 2015: US and British Virgin Islands

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November 4th: Marina Puerto del Rey – Ensenada Honda, Vieques

With the boat fully provisioned and sparkling clean, we were finally ready to start cruising again. We decided to top up the tanks, as fuel was just $2.50 per gallon. We added two-hundred gallons and set east to Vieques. The weather forecast was pretty good, with winds out of the east at fifteen knots, and seas ESE at three feet. Longer term, there was supposed to b...

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