011013 A Change of Crew

Did we say "say goodbye to the family of Islay". First we sailed from Tobago Cays with waves of goodbye only to find them the next day in the same anchorage. 

010513 4 Gingerbread Cafe Bequia

We all enjoyed being back in Bequia and took the opportunity this time to dine out at one of the many available restaurants on the island. An early start on the Sunday was essential as the wind did not drop below 25knots on the nose all the way. Our trusty stay sail even had an issue and before we passed the top of St Vincent we had to furl it to avoid risk of further damage to the stay bottom thimble. We continued on with just the main but thankful we were in a mono hull and not on one of the catamarans we saw launching through the swell. 

Laborie proved to be a very pretty anchorage though somewhat rolly. Scott and Tobias who arrived on the 7th from Australia had a few issues with St Lucia immigration initially - doesn't help apparently if you do not know where the boat you are visiting is currently moored! 

Petit Piton was our next stop where we picked up a mooring buoy and the boys were able to get the kayak out and enjoy hours of snorkelling just off the boat. Squalls have continued to be an issue - only for the fact that we are constantly having to open and close hatches - but at least the temperature is still very pleasant.

010913 10 Sunset in Marigot Bay

Now we are back in Marigot Bay - and who should roll in not more than an hour after we had tied up to a mooring but Islay. We sadly farewelled Darb and Nell today as they head back to the reality of Australia - Darb having been on the boat since November I am sure we will be looking for him in the cupboard later tonight. 

Tomorrow we move onto Rodney Bay where we will anchor out for a few nights - the plans for the moment are more snorkelling, kayaking, swimming, zip lining, and a bit of walking - that should keep the boys going. 

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© SV Katherine 2018      Cover Photo: Katherine on Anchor Isle Tabarca Spain