I met Bruce in 1989 - almost 30 years ago and we've enjoyed a great and enduring friendship. After boarding Blue Pearl and a few beers that meet-up miscommunication was reduced to insignificant.
|Coming into Antigua over Jolly Beach|
|Studly Jolly Men|
|Obligatory sunset photo in Carlisle Bay|
It has been a bit of a bother with equipment... the aforementioned malfunctioning windlass has been the least of the issues. Turns out Bruce is a Beast and does a better job of hauling the anchor than Wally the Windlass.
Got to know Andy in Falmouth. He is a 26 year old who is managing a charter racing boat for an English dude. Andy was interested in my old windlass parts and I was interested in getting Andy to climb Blue Pearl's mast to install my wind indicator. So we developed a quick and meaningful relationship. So meaningful that we attended the Antigua Yacht Club Crab Races and had an excellent evening.
|Andy up the mast|
|Kitchen Window View|
|Looking down at Falmouth from the Keane's Gun Battery|
|Middle Ground view|
|English Harbour from Middle Ground|
|Up escalator - same as down|
|Buying stuff at Ms Gwendolyn's place in Carlisle Bay|
|Bounty from the Carlisle Fruit Lady|
We were maneuvering into our anchorage by sail when I gave Yan Diesel one more try and he started. Yay!!! Then I got the dinghy painter tied up in the prop when I reversed on the anchor. Accckkkk. Captain Chaos on top of the game!!!
So, after a number of recovery beverages we had a nice night at Hermitage
This morning we came up to North Sound. We intended to take a mooring ball at Great Bird Island but it is very crowded right now. Not really interested in maneuvering around a bunch of other boats so we have anchored off the mansions on Long Island (Jumby Bay) and will give Great Bird a try in the morning.
I'm guessing that the poor people ashore in the $12000 per night shacks are envying the folks on the beautiful Blue Pearl anchored nearby?
|Poor folks ashore|
Bruce is having a nap... I've heard him hit the snooze button twice now. I expect him up any time now to tell me yet another story.
Thanks for following along!