We arrived into the Tobago Cays to stay for 3 nights after a short sail from Bequia (9 miles our shortest yet).
The water was stunning and to top it off our good friends on s/v Maple and s/v Auriga were there. We also saw two turtles as we were anchoring.
Maple cruised by in their dinghy to let us know they were heading towards Jamesby Island. We dropped our dinghy and headed over. The small beach was breathtaking, with white sand and a palm tree. Paige even got to try out her hand at cracking a coconut with a rock. She learned how to do this on Youtube. All of the kids played on the beach and in the water.
|Tobago Cays aquamarine water|
|s/v Maple at anchor|
|the beach at Jamesby Island|
|Paige, Iris and Archie playing in the water|
|the beautiful sand|
|myself, Janet (s/v Maple), Nicky (s/v Maple)|
|footsteps in the sand on Jamesby Island|
|life is good with friends from left to right, Archie (s/v Maple), Iris (s/v Maple), and Jordan|
|Paige putting Youtube coconut cracking to the test|
|the final result|
|Darryl from Maple climbing up for a coconut|
We decided to stay one extra night at anchor near Petit Rameau as we wanted to dinghy over to Baradal island where the turtle reserve is located. It was very windy making it tricky to beach the dingy and when we tried to snorkel the turbulent water made for poor visibility. We hung out on the beach while the girls played with conch shells. We ended up chatting with a German flagged vessel, s/v Jade IV. The father and 4 adult children were sailing toward Grenada to celebrate his 70th birthday. Lovely family (whom we later ran into on Mayreau and again in Martinique). We didn't see any turtles in the reserve. Oh well, maybe next time.
|Baradal island turtle reserve|
|view of Element from Baradal island|
|all ready to snorkel|
|conch shell beach art|
|Paige near the edge of Baradal Islet|
|Jordan playing in the water|
|me with Petit Tabac in the background|
|Shaun with Petit Tabac in the background|
|conch shell in the sand|
There was also a cruise ship anchored off which shuttled people to the beach for the day. Their boat was able to beach and allow the people to disembark.
|trail from one side of Petit Rameau to the other|
|iguana in a tree on Petit Rameau|
We also met s/v Resolute (Katerina and Dennis). Dennis explained that when we were in Tenerife, Jordan went trick or treating to their boat. Since then we have seen their vessel in several of the places we have visited. It was finally nice to meet them both. We clicked right away. Over beverages at our boat we mentioned that Dennis' Hideaway (http://www.dennis-hideaway.com) had a great atmosphere and that it would be great to meet there. The following evening, we did just that.
It started with us four and then Dennis popped in. He noticed the atmosphere was a good one with laughter, music and camaraderie so he bought us a round and served up some conch fritters. Later in the evening our new German friends stopped in. Conversation was flowing along with yet another round from Dennis. Shaun and I felt a little guilty as the girls hadn't had dinner yet so we said our farewells and teetered back to the boat. I was sad to leave because ambience was so pleasant.
By the time we got to the boat, I was feeling no pain. Paige was happy to report that they had both eaten and were just fine.
We hung out a couple of more days before making our beat up wind back to Bequia, St. Lucia and finally Martinique to await our Canadian friends whom arrive March 16.
|fishing boat in Saline Bay|
|beach in Saline Bay, Mayreau|
|beach in Saline Bay, Mayreau|
|lobsters (25 EC/pound)|
|view of Element|