ST. KITTS & NEVIS
After departing St. Bart, we cruised past the Quill volcano on St. Eustatius and on to Majors Bay in St. Kitts. As the only boat in the harbor, we dropped our anchor in 10 feet of crystal clear water and enjoyed the view of Nuestra Señora del las Nieves (Our Lady of Snow), in Nevis, while enjoying our evening sun downers on our bow. Majors Bay is located just west of the narrows between St. Kitts & Nevis, and is a good place to stage before heading to Antigua. Another sunrise departure and we were on our way!
The day we cruised to Antigua was perhaps one of the calmest days in the Caribbean Sea that we have encountered to date with zero to one (0-1) foot seas. The clouds reflecting in the mirror-like water, as the Pilot’s Discretion cruised along slicing the sea like a hot knife through warm butter, was yet another one of those surreal moments that will remain forever etched in our minds.
After the calm day at sea, we cruised into English Harbor and tied up at the historic Nelson’s Dockyard Marina. The marina is situated in the heart of a restored 18th century naval base and is named after Admiral Horatio Nelson who gained notoriety in the battle of Trafalgar. While the old naval vessels are long gone, replaced with private yachts, one cannot help but sense the immense history of this working maritime monument while strolling around the grounds.
The historical Fort Berkeley is just a short stroll from the restored naval base and is well worth the hike.
CLASSIC YACHT REGATTA
We had the good fortune to have arrived at Nelson’s Dockyard just in time for the 2016 Classic Yacht Regatta. At the conclusion of the regatta, the classic yacht parade sailed right past our boat giving us front row seat viewing to the spectacular vessels from a different era.
ANTIGUA SAIL WEEK
The Classic Yacht Regatta was followed by Antigua Sail Week with week long festivities that rivalled the Classic Yacht Regatta.
We had been told that no trip to Antigua would be complete without a journey to Shirley Heights. Cruisers and locals gather there every Sunday night to enjoy the the spectacular sunset views, complete with BBQ, and steel drum reggae and calypso. The night that we were there was no exception. Mother nature painted the sky in vibrant colors as we watched the sun set over the horizon with the Pilot’s Discretion in the harbor below.
Our next adventures will have us continuing to cruise south, including stops in Guadeloupe, Dominica, Martinique and St. Lucia. We will continue to post as both internet and time allow. In the meantime, wishing a very happy Mother’s Day to the most wonderful and inspirational woman I know, my Mom! We are looking forward to seeing you very soon.
Great photos–following your trip with delight–
Thanks for sharing. Beautiful photos. Always fun to get these. Barb and Tom Hébert
I can’t thank you all enough for sharing all your wonderful adventures! Your pictures are spectacular and your descriptions make me feel as though I’m there!
Happy Mother’s Day and continued safe travels! Sylvia
If you are ever looking for a new career, you really need to consider writing cruising guide books! As always, your pictures and words tell a beautiful story of both your present adventures and the historical past of your destinations.
We wish you safe travels as you continue your journey. Duke sends a friendly “woof” to Patton and is impressed by his “hiking” technique. Bob and I have already told Duke not to get any ideas!!!
What wonderful pictures. How long are you planning on sailing through the Caribbean? And just wondering, how old is Patton. I remember him when you visited my folks in California. Your boys will have such wonderful memories.