|Atalanta under full sail off Bequia|
|Hiking the indian River|
|Alexis, our river guide|
|Indian River, Dominica|
|Fort Shirley, Dominica|
St. Lucia and Rodney Bay were a pleasant day’s sail from Martinique. St. Lucia has a reputation for not being the safest of Caribbean islands. We generally had a positive experience and were impressed with how friendly most were. Unfortunately one boat vendor felt a need to threaten us when we did not buy his offerings. Incidents of this nature will certainly enter into our thinking when we come this way in the future. Soufriere is a town down island from Rodney bay and offered us a safe anchorage for the night. We were at the foot of Grand Peton, a magnificent mountain and inactive volcano. Its slopes were steep and dropped down to the water’s edge.
|Pictures by Kenny|
St. Vincent is another island that most cruisers are avoiding these days due to safety concerns. We sailed by it and landed in Bequia (pronounced: beck way), an island just south of St. Vincent. Here we anchored in the town of Port Elizabeth. We found this island to be lovely and one of our favorite stops. With lots of interesting walks, local bars and restaurants. As we entered the harbor, “Kenny” the boat photographer was out in 5-6 foot seas in his inflatable. He took some amazing pics of Atalanta that are included in this posting.
The biggest concern that cruisers in the Caribbean have this time of year is hurricanes. They tend not to be a significant issue in Grenada and south. Therefore we plan to be hovering at around the 10th parallel until next November when the hurricane season passes. We will have a number of options that we can consider for that time. One is to volunteer in Grenada and stay put. The other is to visit Trinidad, Tobago, and maybe the ABC’s (Aruba, Bonaire and Curacao). Another possible option is to link up with other cruisers that will be going to (English) Guyana in South America. This would be about 300 miles south and put us below Venezuela. Time will tell what we decide.
Now we are looking to Grenada. Unfortunately bid goodbye to Paul on this morning after a wonderful two weeks together.
Much more to come. Thanks for following.
Richard and Kay