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July 13, 2019

After leaving Moana in Queensway Quay Marina for 5 weeks, we’re back on board in Gibraltar planning the trip northwards along the Spanish Coast to the Balearics. Gib is a boomtown thanks to the tax incentives made available to individuals and business, mainly financial support services. It is strangely reminiscent of the last decade building up to the 1997 handover of Hong Kong. Construction and high end property development a...

May 2, 2019

We left Bequia with a surprise in store for Freddie in St Lucia. Unknown to him, Niki Ricketts, his Year 4 teacher, was coming on holiday with her family to a hotel just north of Rodney Bay. We stayed overnight in Marigot Bay and the following morning made our way up the coast to the anchorage just outside Rodney Bay Marina. Nostalgia flows through us once again. This is the place where we made our landfall in the Caribbean wi...

April 9, 2019

After enjoying the low key beach life, and excellent snorkeling, in the lush surroundings of Chatham Bay on the island of Union, we leave for Mayreau, and Saltwhistle Bay. It’s a crowded, rolling anchorage and we’re away again after just one night to spend a couple more days in the Tobago Cays before heading north. The sail to Mustique is superb. Keeping Canouan and Petit Canouan to the west and Savan and Petite Mustique to th...

March 26, 2019

Petite Martinique, or PM, is part of Grenada but separated by a narrow stretch of water from the most southerly dependency of St. Vincent and the Grenadines (SVG), Petit St. Vincent, or PSV as it is colloquially known. The two small islands are very different and well protected by a single barrier reef lying to the east of the islands and the dividing channel.  PM is quiet. It has a sleepy, local feel and an active fleet of Tu...

March 20, 2019

The 18 hour sail downwind from Barbados was rolly. A cross swell and relatively light wind meant less is more when it comes to sail area. We settled on just the Yankee, fully out and tight into the whisker pole. This minimized the clank of a boom and the luffing of sails as Moana inevitably rolled her way forwards. A steady 6 to 7.5 knots over the ground was enough to ensure that we made comfortable progress, but didn’t arrive...

March 12, 2019

Swimming with the gentile turtles in Six Mens Bay, Barbados

March 12, 2019

Dad and Jude were staying in the Southern Part of Barbados. Unfortunately it isn’t possible to anchor, even for a short stay, south of Bridgetown. So we met up at the Carlisle Bay anchorage and moved Moana into Bridgetown Harbour. On the way we passed the old Blackwood Screw Dock, a marvel of Victorian engineering, through the lifting bridge, and into the Inner Basin (Old Careenage) right in the centre of Bridgetown. We were t...

March 1, 2019

We are really looking forward to seeing Dad, Jude, Matthew, Clare, Nate and 10 week old Casper. It was a tough 16 hour overnight beat into the Trades to Barbados. 30-40kt winds for over 2 hours, and an average of 25kts, made it a lively sail to say the least. Freddie still managed a good nights sleep! At around 100nm away from the nearest other island in the Lesser Antilles, Barbados is strictly an 'Atlantic' Island rather tha...

February 25, 2019

Over the 18th and 19th February we covered around 150nm over 2 days from Les Saintes, stopping in St Pierre, Martinique overnight and on to Marigot Bay. The plan was to meet Rob and Fiona who we're on holiday in St Lucia. They had a gap in their hectic schedule with their guide 'Vision', who had been taking them all over the island seeking out the local fauna. It was great to see them and they had kindly bought us a mass of bo...

February 19, 2019

From Antigua we set sail for Guadeloupe and checked into the country in Deshaies. The wind was howling down the anchorage and the spots close to the town were all taken. After clearing customs and immigration at the Police Station we weighed anchor and headed off southward to Pte Malendure/Pigeon Island. 

Our Norwegian friends on Axeline 2 were already there and the following morning another ARC+ Norwegian family arrived on eMo...

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