R Is For Reef Squid

The West Indies Sea Life Alphabet A is for ANGELFISH A is also for ARROW CRAB B is for BUTTERFLYFISH B is also for BRITTLESTAR B is also for BARRACUDA C is for CRAB C is also for CORAL SHRIMP D is for DRUM D is also for DAMSELFISH E is for EEL E is

Chatham Bay, Union Island to Tyrrel Bay, Carriacou

40 nm (including the Grenadines) 7 hours overall It was unreasonably calm when we departed from Chatham Bay. Even for the lee of an island it was just dead flat, variable 5 knot winds. Planning to stay a few days, we pulled into Clifton on the south side of Union Island to find the anchorage

St. Anne, Martinique to Admiralty Bay, Bequai

90 nm 15 hours We motor-sailed with just the jib up due to the unsettled weather. All day the grey and gloom lurked ahead of us to the south and clear blue skies pursued us from the north. The seas as we reached the northwestern bank off of St. Lucia were particularly bouncy. When things

Point-a-Pitre, Guadeloupe to St. Anne, Martinique

119 nm 18 hours Captain Crunch finally found a nice selection of octopi in Les Saintes, where we stopped mid voyage for a few lovely nights at Ile Cabrit. We had heard that the place is lousy with them, but they must have all been hiding when we came through earlier in the season. This

Fajardo, Puerto Rico to P-a-P, Guadeloupe

305 nm 86 hours As I’m sure some of you have gathered from Facebook, the trip from Puerto Rico to Guadeloupe was more eventful than we usually prefer. Things started out just fine, with fair weather and relatively calm seas. We planned to motor overnight to St. Croix as it was dead upwind. There is

St. Martin to Fajardo, Puerto Rico

190 nm 23 hours We absolutely booked it heading over to Puerto Rico from St. Martin. Unfortunately it was dead downwind with very light air, so we motored. We had the main up for about an hour, but the wind was so light that we ended up bringing it down. We couldn’t stay any closer

Antigua to St. Martin

95 nm 14 hours We had beautiful weather for our departure from Antigua. Clearing out in St. John’s was a little tricky, because they normally only deal with cruise ships at that location, but after pounding the pavement a bit we got it squared away. About an hour into the trip, we turned off the

Deep Bay, Antigua

12 nm 2 hours We had a smashing time in Deep Bay. There is a submerged wreck at the entrance to the bay which Captain Crunch finally found after a few unsuccessful attempts to swim there. It is easy to see it sticking out of the water at low tide, but with the waves it

Great Bird Island, Antigua

18 nm 3 hours The weather has finally changed! We’ve enjoyed our stay in Jolly Harbour, but it is high time that we go some place quieter. We had a lovely motor around to the other side of the island with 15 kt winds and little to no seas. The reefs that surround Antigua provide

Les Saintes to Falmouth, Antigua

74 nm 12 hours We’ve been waiting for the weather to clear up in Les Saintes for a few weeks. It is a terrible imposition to be stuck in such a lovely bit of paradise. The wind is howling at night and getting into town has been quite rough at times, but the snorkeling continues