Thursday, March 31, 2016


It has been a busy few days. My toilet broke and the spare needed was the only thing I did not have on board. A quick call around the anchorage on the radio produced advice but no spare.

I knew I needed to get it fixed before I left Carriacou because the chances of finding the part in Union or Bequia was between slim and no chance. { and Slim has left town }

So two days later got the spare and after struggling with stiff hoses in very inaccessible lockers we have a working toilet. BTW Murphy's 4th law states boat toilets go wrong just before guests arrive.

Sailed up to Union then on to Bequia in time for the Easter regatta. I came across one boat that was in trouble and wanted a tow in but as I was single handed I felt it was more than I wanted to tackle so called for help as I could see the SVG coastguard was in the bay and stood by the disabled boat until they arrived. Watching the spinnaker class start was exciting as always as conditions were pretty gusty and there were quite a few spectacular round ups.

The local boats are getting more sophisticated each year and a carbon fibre mast must be next on the agenda for some. The one I support is called Confusion and was leading the fleet on day one. More results to come.

But one class that seems to defy innovation is the coconut class.
Gisela enjoyed the sunset as well as the preceding sundowner and after catching up on sleep we romped down to Bequia.

She was also amused to see how Dizzy cuddles up to me for safety when we are sailing.

The hook is down in Bequia and we are both being laid back tourists running on island time.

So we could admire this somewhat unusual assymetric two piece hard dinghy

and wonder why the local kids were collecting starfish.

The Tobago Cays are next on the agenda and some snorkeling with turtles.

Wednesday, March 30, 2016


LIAT arrived only 45 minutes late\, that is on time for LIAT it runs on ISLAND TIME, anyway it was bring gorgeous Gisela all the way from cold, wet and windy Germany to the sunkissed decks of Elephants Child in the Caribbean.

I am very happy to see her for another visit not only because she arrived bearing GIN but she bought something which I can not find in the islands, a new coffee filter cone.

We are anchored in Young Island Cut at the moment but will sail over to Bequia soon and be anchored in my favorite corner in Admiralty bay.

More to come with pics as soon as I can find the time and a good connection.

Thursday, March 24, 2016

Carriacou to Union Island

Well that was a really crappy sail. The Caribbean two step was running that short period steep faced see that just stops you. I would get smacked back to 3 knots accelerate to six and SMACK back to three.

Anyway check in to SVG and off to Bequia tomorrow.

Wednesday, March 16, 2016


Hook up to hook down.

Great sail up to Tyrell Bay in excellent conditions.

Surprised again to see 3 charter cats with charters not delivery crew motoring in perfect sailing conditions

Bound for Carriacou

The wind has finally ticked to the South so I am on passage from Grenada to Carriacou this morning. Fluffy trade wind clouds and a good forecast.

Dizzy as usual is not happy about this sailing lark.

Tuesday, March 8, 2016


I have had a few quiet days doing not much as I came back from skiing with a really bad cold. You know " MAN FLU ".

But I had an exciting episode fishing for small fish as a treat for Dizzy. I was bringing a tiddler up to the surface when something much bigger took the tiddler and set off at a hundred miles an hour taking all my line and bent the lightweght rod in two. I was sure it was going to be another, fishing story about the one that got away but about half an hour later I hauled in this big Spanish Mackerel. So it was fish for dinner for Dizzy and me and plenty for the freezer.

Only in America OR here is something you don't see every day.

When asked about the tree in her grille the woman answered that she could not remember hitting anything.

She did fail a field sobriety check and was arrested for DUI.