Our days here in Antigua are melting together as we have been enjoying life on anchor off Deep Bay and Jolly Harbour. Added to this, joy has been the full moon rising at or very near sunset, making for beautiful moonlit nights. We really do need to make ourselves up anchor and move to Carlisle Bay and Falmouth and then re-explore Nelson’s Dock Yard. For now, we are spoiled with this peaceful life here off Jolly Harbour. The best part is we have cruising friends here working on their stored yachts prior to launching. Trust us, we will up anchor and move, but for now, it is peaceful right here. Allow us to share some photos.
All is Good here
With all yacht systems running, life is good here on anchor. The Epicurean is a very, very nice grocery store only one block from the dinghy dock, we have a fuel dock, and we have several beaches to enjoy. The upscale neighborhood of beautiful homes on the beach with their boathouses across the street on the harbor side makes for interesting daily walks. Plus, we have fun friends here to visit!
Covid Data for Antigua
Covid cases are reported every day on the VHF radio net. Today they have 74 new cases and 1 death, Wednesday there were 305 new cases, with no deaths. The population here is 61% fully vaccinated. In all time, Antigua has had 5800 cases with 122 deaths and a population of 98,000.
We are staying isolated and we only visit our 4 boat buddies. We do not eat out,, except for pizza on the porch at Al Porto, we do not hang out at pubs, or go to happy hours. Covid has changed so much and the last thing we want is to get covid in a remote country. So, we are simply enjoying the cruising life, walking, swimming, beaching and dining onboard with our own happy hours. Not a bad thing at all.
After exploring Anitgua, we will sail north to Barbuda where there are about 500 people. We will stay anchored off the pink sand beaches and enjoy that for a few days, Then we will turn downwind and sail northwest to St. Martin French side, Marigot, and from there back to the USVI and BVI. We hope to spend most of Feb in BVI. After some time there, we need to move west to Puerto Rico and then make the offshore two day jump from PR to Turks and Caicos. Then onto the Bahamas for April. May 1 we will sail to the USA east coast. From there it will be a reach up the coast to Annapolis, MD / Rock Hall MD, HOME by mid May. This is our current plan. Now to keep all these boat systems all running.
Thanks for sailing along!
Hayden & Radeen