I do my best to pick good weather windows for when and where we travel next. So far, things have worked out quite well. We’ve missed the swells as much as we can. Here’s a great shot of what we saw behind us leaving Jolly Harbor.
It also shows our car/truck. I don’t believe that I’ve mentioned that we now call our dinghy, or tender, Myth. The reason, it’s a great complementary word/concept to Legend, or course. And, in the same spirit, the kids have decided that the big lime green kayak that we have and you’ve seen in a number of photos is called Nessie. They figure that the Loch Ness monster is green and huge like the kayak, so…. there you go… Nessie it is.
And, here is a shot of Noah and Matthew in the companionway. This is spot they sometimes like to sit to get out of the way and out of the wind. It is the entrance way to down below. Again, I’m not sure what they’re conferring on, but expect it’s world peace, Mom’s lunch, the state of the economy, or something important like that.
PS. For those who know the boys, you will notice that they are getting even blonder as the weeks pass.
Here are a couple of views of what we saw at the Harbor. What a great harbor it was. Shallow and well protected which meant that we moved very liittle as I’d mentioned. It was also a pretty well developed harbor with a wide assortment of restaurants, shops, chandlery, etc. which was nice.
One of the really interesting things that they had was something that they’re trying to develop at our home port in Nanny Cay. They have dock-side condos. You can see them in the picture. They are 2 story, relatively narrow condos that you have access to your own private dock. They are very neat to look at and certainly are appealing for those who want to come down and have a place to “home-base” from. All of the docks are Med moorings which means that your boat’s stern or backend gets put up against the dock while your front end is pulled out by piling, anchor or some other system.
In Antigua, we chose to land at a place called Jolly Harbor. I mean, seriously, where else would we land. It must be such a pleasant place. Well, it certainly was protected and beautiful. To get into the harbour required taking it slow and following the channel exactly as we only had a couple of feet of water under the keel. And, we don’t like hitting anything or grounding Legend, so we are very careful with this.
In fact, this is one of the jobs that the boys do. They watch the depthmeter and give out changes in readings for the helmsman (generally me). It’s a very important job and I’m not sure they understand how important some times. For them, it’s just saying numbers and perhaps gets a little boring at times. It’s not for Daddy, expecially when the depth goes 5.1, 3.5, 2.3, 0.7, 0.5… very quickly. Having said that, we’re always aware of the places we’re going before hand, either because of the paper charts we have, or the electronic chartplotter, the computer chartplotter, the portable gps or just looking down!
As an aside, some of you might think that I’ve never entered the metric system since a lot of my references are in feet or miles. The mariner’s world is often set up in imperial measurement (and in the Caribbean is certainly is). You can find charts that measure depths in metres, feet or fathoms, but often it is feet. And, in terms of distance, measurements are made in nautical miles which is often just referred to as miles. So, it can get a bit confusing and you need to know what measurement you’re dealing with as sailing into 5 metres of water is okay but 5 feet…. not so good.
Anyway, Jolly Harbor is beautiful and very sheltered and pretty shallow. So, the first night there was like being at a dock, very still. Noah didn’t think he would be able to sleep because there wasn’t any movement at all. Here’s view that night from the boat.
We had planned to go to Montserrat after we left Nevis, but things sometimes have to change. The weather gods have given us a northerly and then westerly swell that would make anchoring or mooring at Montserrat not enjoyable at all. And, we’d have to push away likely within a day. So, we decided the best thing was to alter our plans and head to Antigua and then go up to Barbuda. Then we would jump ahead on our plans and go to St. Barts, Anguilla and then head for home, as it were.
When we’re approaching an island, we start to make it out in the distance and then it appears more formed. But, it can still be confusing as to what goes where and you need to be careful to look at the charts for hills, etc. to help you figure out how the island is laid out. But, within not to long a time, the scene turns from this…
…. to this…