Saturday, January 29, 2011

We're Off

Look What washed Up
On my first overnight passage that is.

True to form Capt Gord has been on the beach chatting up everyone he meets. We're thinking of doing an overnighter to St Maarten.  He's admitting defeat when it comes to my boat wish list and figures duty free St Maarten with it's tons of shopping is the place to fill that list, ( list- new rochna anchor, cockpit table and add on sugar scoop)  though he qualifies everything as the next 6 years worth of birthday and Christmas gifts.  I've got him where I want him  AAARRR!

So... Francois, Marie and their 3 kids Frederic (11), Oliver (8) and Marylou (6) aboard their 38' Catamaran " Excalbur"  from Montreal are wanting to go for the first time as well.  So Buddy Boating is a great way to get their without feeling all alone on the high seas.

The Girls from "Excalibur"                                    "Excalibur"
So a plan is born.    Again, we talk to everyone on the beach, in the bar and even the laudromat and get as many plans as their are islands here.   St Maarten is east so the wind is usually on the nose, so it means motoring and not sailing, or so everyone at the beach, bar & laundromat says.

The plan is hatched. We'll head north to Anegada and jump off from there about 3am  in the hopes that we're far enough north that we can get the right degree to up the sails and save that $ 4.00 gal diesel fuel, hopefully arriving about 4-5 pm the next evening.

Anegada here we come!  It's beautiful, flat, only 27 ' above sea level and totally surrounded by a thick reef  full of protruding coral heads with only a couple of tricky narrow entrances into the Island.  Oh Yah! and we're leaving at 3am in the pitch dark.  What a plan!  Let's do it.   
The population here is only a few hundred people, but everyone enjoys the beach, including the livestock

The New Cottages are always new
as they keep getting wiped out by

Anagada Inhabitants

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Sailboat owners Gord and Sue aboard their 55' Whitby Ketch "Ocean Wings" share their adventures and travels as they start their retirement, living their dream of seeing the world from oceanside.
Ocean Wings is a recent purchase and our first foray into the Sailing Lifestyle. We're excited and a little scared. Join us in our adventure.