Friday, October 30, 2015

Chilly, 0C this am, time to think about going south.

Here in Ontario the temps are dropping. Spent the last week putting things away, parking cars and golf clubs, last few visits with friends, grandson Elliott, then south to reconnect with Sylken Sea in Trinni. Great summer but getting excited to be floating again. If the weather cooperates I'll get to join our good friend Ray on Crackerjack for a quick boat trip from NC to Florida, hoping for another one shot offshore 4 day challenge!

Saturday, April 18, 2015


Trinidad, yep, my kinda place!
The scenery here is amazing!

Antigua to Trinidad

We really liked this Island and we need to make it back next season for the Classic Sailboat Race. Great hikes with Bill & Ann; fun hosting with Dave and Trudy, Richard & Lavinia. We depart for Martinique and spend one night there on the hook. Ken goes to shore only long enough to clear us in and to clear us to the next port which is Trinidad. We then do a double over night to Trinidad. It's a good call I think. We are learning to manage larger seas. We are finding 4-6' seas are fine if the direction and period are right. Down here these are "mild" seas so we've gotten a bit used to it and now it is "not that big a deal".

Friday, April 17, 2015

East to Antigua

March 30-April 11, 2015

We clear out and depart the BVI for Antigua. A few lumps and bumps but generally a good crossing considering the relentless trades. Funny how after a while you become accustomed to the bigger seas. Where we used to wait for 10-15 kts and 2-3' seas hoping to see nothing over 4-5' we now move on 15-20 kts and 4-6' hoping to see nothing over 5-7'. It's a good thing we got over that otherwise we would still be in Puerto Rico. Depending on the direction and period between the waves we often find ourselves saying “this isn't too bad, at least we can still move about the boat”. 

 Unfortunately, on the way over I killed the water maker. It was starting to act up but when I accidentally left a valve in the wrong position while tinkering in the lazaret it overheated and ruined the membrane. Good advice from John on Seamantha to tie wrap the valve in the correct position.

We arrive in Falmouth Harbour Antigua where we meet up with Bill & Ann, “Ann Louise”, Richard & Lavinia on “Partners” and Dave & Trudy on “Persephone”. There's a lot to do here and a good base from which to explore Antigua. The locals are very friendly, there is good hiking and again good restaurants, bars, shopping and provisioning.

We spend a few days on a mooring behind the reef near Green Island. Wow, only the reef protecting us from thousands of miles of open ocean. It blows 15-20 gusting 25 and there is just a light chop in the anchorage and what a view! Now back in Falmouth, getting ready for the next move. Once again we call Chris Parker to confirm that Monday or Tuesday make sense. The weather is forecast to be a pretty steady 17-18 gusting 20-22 kts, seas 4-6 feet with higher wind and seas near the island headlands and lower wind and seas in the lee of Guadaloupe and Dominica. We will prepare for the worst and hope for the best. Planning for Monday 13th departure, arriving in Martinique Tuesday ahead of Wednesday's “squally” activity resulting from a tropical wave to the south of us.
The wind is blowing 15-20kts G25, behind the reef we are almost flat calm!

BVI, Anegada, Wow!

Mar 18-30th

We spent the next few weeks in the BVI, cruising, and touring the islands. Ken & Carol depart from Tortola on the 23rd. Off to Anegada, wow! Stunning beaches, best we have seen since the Bahamas & Turks & Caicos. If anyone is after some good bonefishing contact Danny at After a few days in Anegada we hook up with John & Paulette on Seamantha in North Sound Virgin Gorda. We really enjoyed the facilities in and around Bitter End; the restaurants, hiking and sight seeing. It's now time to move on once again.


March 22nd
Our brand new grandson Elliott Wells Roberts. Mommy, Daddy & baby are all doing well!


March 17-29, 2015
On to the BVI
With guests Ken and Carol we hop across Francis Drake Passage to Soper's Hole, West End BVI. Here we clear customs then head out to Little Jost Van Dyke. Beautiful anchorage off of Green Cay until in the middle of the night the tide
came in and brought large swells in through the cut. ROLLY! We had not planned on that! After a nearly sleepless night we pick up and head to North Sound, Virgin Gorda. What a relief to be out of that.

From North sound we enjoy an island tour with Joseph (Joe) George. The Baths, “caves”, old copper mine historical site (very interesting for me), Spanish Town, “Hog Heaven” (must do, great ribs, BBQ pork and what a view!).