Chris Draper · Cruising with kids · Sailing · Uncategorized

Back to the plan with a southern charge

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Look at those lovely lazy bones bean bags! http://www.lazybonesbeanbags.com

When even the laundry lady at “Sam & Dave’s” is giving you local rates and doesn’t believe you’re ever going to leave…. its time to go. We finally left Antigua on monday afternoon after hauling the boat in at Antigua slipway first thing. We’d been a great source of irritation there as we were last out and in the way, BUT we were pleased they accommodated us for Irma and the threat of Jose.

We were so grateful for 2 nights in the Antigua Marina hotel with Carlo Falcone and it gave the Greensmith’s a break from family Draper after an extended hurricane party of 5 nights (The kids couldn’t believe their luck with that mega sleepover!). Carlo was one of the first to take a private boat to Barbuda to help with the relief effort and subsequent evacuation as hurricane Jose threatened. Chris went to help and the realisation of the situation there and many other islands is sobering, read his thoughts here. Shannon Falcone flew straight in after winning the maxi worlds and took his boat straight to the BVIs, again doing everything to offer some relief and supplies to the people there. There is something very special about these great Islanders and the show of solidarity. These selfless acts restore your faith in our crazy species.

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Antigua Yacht Club Hotel

We truly did weather the storm together with some of those families in Antigua and it’s a time we will never forget. We spent days recovering from the adrenalin at Papa’s restaurant with the kids fishing off the dock, swimming, scooting, rip surfing and having too much tech time before returning to “normality” once Jose headed north.

Before we left the kids were also treated to a pottery demo by the very talented Nancy Nicholson (www.rhythmofblue.com) whose work I love. Visiting the stunning location she works from was enough. The view across Falmouth harbour was panoramic and her creativity is almost catching.

Yesterday morning we arrived in Grenada. It was a 300 mile dash with a pit stop for a stroll on the beach and sleep on anchor in Martinique.

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It was a varied trip. Not exactly run of the mill trade winds. Some really lovely sailing but the first night was nasty with a fair old sea between Guadeloupe and Martinique. The next morning we had some lovely breeze and covered some mileage. We were then treated to an unexpected tropical wave and wind on the nose for 12 hours passing St.Vincent. The last 18 hours were stunning with Fille de Joie charging along at 8-9 knots eating up the miles.

 

The usual shizzle occurred, this time an aerial fell off the mast etc etc. Probably a hangover from Irma (I think it’s best to blame that witch for everything). So we hugged the coast of the Islands as we went down to stay in mobile range.

The trip was quick and no time to explore this Islands as Chris heads to an event in Europe on Sunday and we re keen to be set up before that.

Turns out we’re turning into storm chasers (funny not funny). There are two more systems brewing way out East. Lets be honest no one said we were in the clear down here… If everyone could stop heating up the ocean that would be great!

Any top tips to explore in Grenada most welcome….