Back to Antigua

We returned to Jolly Harbour on Antigua after enjoying Barbuda’s wonderful beaches. Unfortunately, our last day was rather rolly – with significant swell, such that it was impossible to land the dinghy for fear of capsizing her on the way in.

We had a romping sail back to Jolly Harbour, leaving Barbuda with 3 other boats – but by the time we got to Antigua, they were barely in sight – behind us! :-)

There were 7 other OCC boats in the anchorage or mooring field, so we arranged an impromptu club meeting at the West Point Marina Bar for the evening and had a great time chatting with new faces and some familiar faces. It was great to finally meet Bob and Laurie from Hedonism, an Outbound that I’ve been chatting with online for probably 5 years – so it was great to be able to finally meet in person.

OCC Gathering in Jolly Harbour

OCC Gathering in Jolly Harbour

 

We’re now moored off Great Bird Island on the North East coast – quite a difficult place to get to as it’s surrounded by reefs. We took a short walk this afternoon on the island which was well worthwhile – great views, wonderful smells – Privet we think – and interesting rock formations – much like glorified buttertubs from back home.

Very fragrant shrub - Privet?

Very fragrant shrub – Privet?

Buttertubs like formation - but these ones go down to the sea!

Buttertubs like formation – but these ones go down to the sea!

Pretty anchorage

Pretty anchorage

Laurie battles the wind!

Laurie battles the wind!

We’ll stay here another day perhaps and then head back to Falmouth to pick up a replacement radar dome and then meet Mike and Jane who will be staying with us for 10 days and sailing on down to Dominica.

Looking forward to Dominica – we’ll be there for “Yottie Appreciation Week” and then sister Kate will join us there for 2 weeks!

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