It was just a short hop to Bequia, part of the Grenadines. Sailing down the coast of St Vincent I had fickle winds but like the stubborn fool I am at times persisted in sailing rather than resorting straightaway to the engine. Clearing the coast the wind freshened, time to shorten sail, I settled on staysail and double reefed main, quite enough with the wind at 22-24 knots and gusting higher. Admiralty bay I am glad to stay is big with plenty of room to anchor, I was glad of that in the conditions. I headed for what I thought might be the calmer part of the bay and as luck would have it anchored quite by chance next to Lew & Bev’s cat.
In the night it really blew and rained too. I was glad of the rain as it washed all the salt spray off the boat, she had become a very salty Sea Bear.
With the salt washed off I took advantage next day to clean up the stainless of “Martha” which badly needed doing. It was still very windy and the sea choppy so I didn’t bother blowing up the dinghy to go ashore, plenty to do aboard. In the eve Lew & Bev gave me a ride into town, advantage of a big boat is a bigger and hence drier tender. We had a few drinks, some food and listened to some guys playing guitars and singing, a very pleasant eve.
Other days I explored the town, didn’t take long and walked over to Industry via Spring estate. At Industry, strangely named, you couldn’t imagine a more peaceful place was a turtle sanctuary run by a delightful old guy. Nice to see turtles close up and he is doing a great job to help preserve this endangered species.
Winter refit 2023