Archive for April, 2010


Festina  is back in passage making mode  for the first time in several months . We spent two completely windless days  anchored out in the bay off Jolly harbour , fitting a new hatch , going through the checklists and safety procedures  and generally converting  the boat back from a floating caravan into something more […]

Preparing for the Spring Migration

Thankfully ,  Bryony’s week with us  did not  quite live up to her billing as “the Droughtbuster”! It was a bit  rainy to begin with – but not too bad , and about as nice  as you could hope for by the end. I cannot quite comprehend how a  week can go by so fast […]

A Wild Night in English Harbour

 Life has been very kind to us over the last few months , allowing us to spend our time in a huge variety  of   anchorages  that provide a  gorgeous tropical view in daylight , and by and large, sheltered peaceful nights. In effect we were overdue for  a bit of adventure. From English Harbour   […]

Wi-Fi in paradise

From barbuda again The trades are blowing strongly again , and we are back in Barbuda , anchored once more in the lee of its stunning East facing coast. There is only one building along the whole 11 mile beach – a small hotel of exquisite taste , but so it should be ; the […]

How to sit in a Sarong – and other mysteries

A gap year, whether taken as a youngster or, as in our case, near our dotage, should be an opportunity for learning new skills, broadening horizons, taking stock; an education in its broadest sense. I fondly imagined that once we had got the Atlantic out of the way we would have all the time in […]

Spring is sprung, its too dry for the grass to riz, but boats are gathering in Antigua

Judging by the flowers and the nesting birds , Spring is coming to the Caribbean. For those of you that don’t know , the sailing season out here runs from December to June , as outside those times one is likely to encounter a Hurricane , or at least some hairy tropical storms . Thus […]