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|Saturday 20 January
First Mate Sally Anderson sends us her WebLog report:
Here are NEW pictures - thanks to John Holmes c/o Alan Murphy:
The Last Day is upon us again. We only have 8 Voyage Crew departing us here, but packing bags, signing off and swapping e-mails and addresses still dominates our morning. Finding a lone ranger on the wharf to take the group photos with 30 odd cameras is always amusing. Back in time to the 17th of January. Los Roques was a treat for all. It reminded me of the Abrolhos Islands 30nm off the central Western Australian coast. Low lying, dry and desolate, but beautiful. The Island group is a National Park. After clearing in at El Grande Roque we made way for Noronqui Island about 6nm to the west of El Grande Roque. Noronqui is actually an archipeligo consisting of three islands. The snorkelling and swimming was gorgeous and bird life interesting. We were all fascinated watching the pelicans plunging into the water at break neck speed for their next meal.
There is also a wreck of a World War II Landing Ship Infantry. All aboard by sunset and underway for Bonaire. I am besotted with the Trade Winds, may they blow forever!! The battle of working to windward, which can be very challenging and satisfying, seems like a lost memory. The Trades blew a little stronger overnight, up to Force 5, and under the squares we once again had a superb sail west. Bonaire, the first of the A B C islands and part of the Netherlands Antilles. These islands where originally settled in the 16th Century by the Dutch. The Spanish and the Portuguese, attempting to bring the Dutch to their knees, cut off their salt supply. Without salt to preserve their fish, the fleets of Holland would have collapsed, so the Dutch ventured into the New World and settled at the A B C Islands. The town of Kralendijk is picturesque, clean and charming. The buildings are all of the Traditional dutch style. I love the colours. We anchored off Kralendijk at noon on the 18th. After clearing in we were allowed alongside as well. Must away, our shipmates are about to leave us.
Wednesday 17January 2001
3rd January. Dropped both anchors & as
Sods Law goes upon weighing anchor we of course find the chains crossed. Ho Hum.
Eventually enjoyed a relaxing
sail to Union Island via north of Mayreau. Anchored Clifton, at the SE end of Island.
4th Hope skip & jump to Petits. Day spent
exploring Petit M & snorkelling off Petit St.Vincent.
6th Compromised on an overnight sail and opted for a crack of dawn departure. Sunrise at sea for a change. Set full sail. Lost wind around lunchtime when we got in the lee of the land. Anchored off St Georges mid arvo next to Eye of the Wind. Nice to see them again. Before dusk we Mediterranean moored in Carenage. A great site & plenty of dockside activity. St Georges is lovely, standing on a near land locked harbour surrounded by green hazy hills. Lots pale coloured terraced houses. Town straddles a promontory, so many steep hills, steps & sharp bends. Mix of English & French colonial culture. Delightful evening here before VC depart
Sunday 7th. Maintenance, Time off & catching up with Eye consumed the
next few days.
10th Now VC join full of vim & vigour. Terri, the ships
multi talented purser, develops a rapore with the staff at the Venezuelan Embassy,
eventually acquiring visas for their Islands. Meantime the ship visits Prickly Bay on
south coast before returning to St Georges to pick up Terri & visas.
13th. A contrast to the Grenadines with such an obvious Spanish feel. Anchored entry port Pampatar (Eastern side). More paper work. Ship must receive a cruising permit here, but office opens Mondy15th...V&PC ashore. Recent building boom produces many Las Vegas style hotels. But many forts still standing from 16th C. built by the Spanish to defend pearl fisheries. The oyster beds disappeared by the19thC. (Margarita means pearl in ancient Greek you probably knew that). The island is 35 miles long, and dry with mountains at both ends. Many National Parks with pelicans & flamingos. Locals are very friendly. Finally underway Monday afternoon.
15th. Running with the trades we make for Los Rocks. Dolphins entertain us for hours after dinner with phosphorescence.
sailing, making 8 kts at times. All happy to be sailing again. Sail talks on the foredeck.
Jim(a) our Bosun gets a filling from VC John (who is
a NZ Dentist) then Jima lectures
us all on how
Our plan is to motor 5nm to Noronqui (in Los Roques) for an afternoon of swimming & snorkelling before heading for the Dutch Antilles and the island of Bonaire.
++ Ends Sally.
Wednesday 10th January 2001
Our new Voyage Crew joined the ship today and we have sailed round the south west corner of the island to Prickly Bay, a sheltered pleasant anchorage on the southern side. Purser Terri has stayed in St Georges to sort out our visas for Venezuela. The plan is to explore here for a couple of nights and then clear customs back in St Georges before sailing south towards the Venezuelan island of Margarita.
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