|Picture perfect beach around the corner from North Sound Virgin Gorda|
|Distant squall on the way to St Martin|
|Sunrise and calm seas|
|Mina the goat at 'her' dock|
|Awww... isn't she cute?!|
|Sailing on to St Barts and looking back at St Martin and a beautiful cloud formation.|
|Next morning - sunrise over St Barts as we depart for Nevis|
The wind was right for a stop in Nevis on our way to Antigua, plus our friends Fred and Dorothy on Aviva were there and we hadn't seen them on the water yet this year. A bonus was that there was a blues festival going on in Nevis that we'd be able to listen in on from the anchorage - nice! An even bigger (and unexpected) bonus was the huge mass of sargasso weed we sailed past on the way to Nevis.
These giant masses of seaweed are perfect hangouts for fish so we made a beeline for the edge of the weed and caught four mahi in about an hour. No doubt we could have kept pulling in fish for hours, but we had more than our share, so we hailed Aviva on the VHF and told them we'd be arriving later than we anticipated, but dinner was on us!
|The dark strip in the back is the weed we were used to seeing. We hadn't seen the milky lighter bit before this.|
|Hi Aviva! Bye Aviva! See you in Newport maybe this summer?|
|Looking back at St Kitts as we leave sister island Nevis on our way to Antigua|
It's our habit when we're anchored in Jolly Harbor to knock off whatever we're doing at about four in the afternoon and dinghy over to a tiny beach nearby. John and Alex started to join us there as did a few other boats and soon our little beach was full of friends each day.
|Skip, John and Alex in Antigua|
|Tiny shells from the tiny beach|
As with Aviva, our time with Free Spirit was much too short. They're headed back across the Atlantic - final destination unknown. If ever there was an aptly named boat, Free Spirit is it. We miss them already!
|Alex and John - ready for anything.|
I'll leave it here for now.... and I promise some lovely Barbuda shots in the next post!