Let’s Go Fly A Kite – Carriacou

Rob and Geoff on kite prep
Rob and Geoff on kite duty

Ever since we bought our second-hand spinnaker in Annapolis, it’s been quietly sitting in the forward locker waiting for its’ moment of glory. In the Caribbean, the wind is either too strong, or from the wrong direction for kite-flying and in fact we’ve only seen one other yacht flying a spinnaker in the whole time we’ve been here. A rare species indeed. So it was with some excitement that we thought that possibly, just possibly, we might get to play with the kite on the way to Carriacou. Continue reading “Let’s Go Fly A Kite – Carriacou”

A Touch Of Paradise – Bequia

The anchorage in Admiralty Bay
The anchorage in Admiralty Bay

Ahh, Bequia (pronounced Bek-way) we’ve fallen in love with you! Bequia is the northernmost of the Grenadine Islands, but as St Vincent & The Grenadines are all one country, thankfully we get a break from clearing in and out of customs for a while. The islands are also closely spaced, so it only takes an hour or two, or less to sail between them. Continue reading “A Touch Of Paradise – Bequia”

Wet N’ Wild – St Vincent

The forbidding looking north coast of St Vincent

Our last ‘Toucaneers” to join the boat were Geoff and Mia Sherman, arriving in Kingstown, St Vincent on Sunday 4th January. They’d booked a hotel for a couple of nights in case we were held up and I’m sure would have been happy to wait there for us even longer if necessary. However, the strong trade winds and high seas showed no sign of abating until at least a week later, so after a ‘Team Toucan’ meeting we decided to head off from St Lucia on Sunday morning with 3 reefs in the main and a tiny scrap of headsail for the 30NM passage between the islands. Continue reading “Wet N’ Wild – St Vincent”