Friday, June 10, 2011

Fun Days in the Sun

01–05 June 2011
Finally there is a bit of wind this Wednesday morning. Ayse and I left Marina Key mid-morning when the wind reached about 15 knots. We sailed for about an hour and a half into the Sir Francis Drake channel, tacking and gybing, playing with the trim while the wind steadily calmed down to less than 6 knots. Then we sailed into Road Town to anchor again just outside the harbour. We had to go into town to do laundry, and before late afternoon that day we motored across to Little Harbour at peter Island.
We spent two wonderful days in this very well sheltered and secluded cove swimming, Ayse snorkelling to and back to the small coral reefs on either side of the harbour. One day we took the dingy over to the great harbour around the reefy point to the East. To our surprise we found “the Caribbean paradise” as you only see in brochures and magazines. On the west side of the harbour there was a “Beach Club” with swimming area, water fun for both adults and children, snack-bar, and facilities (5$ per person to use for the day). Place looked totally deserted almost abandoned when we arrived in the morning. We anchored the dingy right off their peer, and took a swim. By noon a boat full of staff arrived to open the business. I guess this is the low season, and not much business in the middle of the week. Then we dingied around the entire bay, keeping close to the shore, passed by the protected fishery and a small fish farm in the middle part of the bay, and arrived at the perfect sandy beach; that was the paradise I was talking about. It is a pity neither of us thought of bringing a camera, nor water or even some money with us. Unfortunately, we had to return to Ruyam II after a short visit there. I promise to revisit the great harbour on a bright day and take some pictures to share with you.
On Saturday the weather started to change, with thunder showers and intermittent rain, moreover a couple of totally overcast days were forecasted. We motored across back to Road Town to spend the weekend and to get Ayse ready for her flight back to Germany on Monday morning.

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