Cinco is not feeling well today

Cinco was confused this morning so we had to take special care of the puppies on and off the boat. He also ate only 1/2 of his breakfast this morning. He has been sleeping most of the day.
We went to Gingerbread for breakfast and the pup's morning walk. Here is a photo of the ocean front walk that covers most of the north side of Adm Bay.
This is one of the things that makes Bequia unique. You can walk from lower bay, to Princes M Bay to Adm Bay into down town on a clean ocean front path lined with shops, hotels, restaurants, dive shops etc… all along the path.

Lots of Big boat near me today

There is a cruise ship and three mega yachts including two mega sail yachts next to us today. The sailing yachts are pretty.

Windy Day 20+kts most of the day

It is really windy here in Bequia today and the roll has shown up again (started at about 6AM this morning). Taking it easy after all the hair cuts today. I think I'll make shrimp creole tonight with fresh tomatoes and a side of fresh slaw.

Liming on PMB today

Yes the puppies and I spend 5 hours on the beach this morning just chilling.
Here is our dink at the dock on PMB.
And our boat is the black hulled boat in the back ground.

The heavy Staysail is at the loft

Today I removed the staysail (the heavy staysail) and brought her to the loft to repair the UV covering. The Sun eats into everything that is exposed and the UV protective cloth has worn paper thin and is shredding. They will give me a call when it is done. The light weight staysail is hanked on for now and I will keep her up until I need to make a long trip. The light weight staysail should work fine (especially if I replace the Gib with the Yankee). Replacing the Gib with the Yankee is a job for this weekend. I need to check the weather and see what the winds will be like. It is really difficult to take down the Gib and fold her up small enough to fit in the bag while on the boat. It will be even harder if the wind is blowing.
I have a few more small projects to do, but in no hurry to get them done. We are enjoying Bequia. The dogs have claimed Princess M Beach as their own personal property (as they do every beach we have visited).
I am planning to "lime" on Saturday morning with the pups on the beach. I have to get some gasoline and check out the local hardware store on Saturday as well. We are surrounded by Mega Yachts all flying those TAX haven flags of former British Colonies. These aren't the biggest yachts, but definitely the most we have ever seen, each day two or three leave and two or three come to replace them at anchor.
Bequia is a yacht haven. It is like Grenada, but on a much smaller scale. Everything you need is in Adm Bay and the bay is huge and lined with dinghy docks. So what ever you need is never more than a couple hundred yards from you dink. The south side is the tourist side with Food, Bars, small hotels, etc. the East side is down town, about 12 square blocks, and the North side is where most of the match services are found from canvas, sail, mechanics, fuel, etc. The water is clean and clear and the beaches that line the Bay are spectacular. What a great place to drop a hook!

130Gal of Diesel today

Filled up the tanks today using the diesel boat that delivers to you at anchor. We took 130 gallons of fuel (engine juice). i have a bit more shopping to do and then we are heading to the southern Grenadines for a couple of weeks.
There was a rainbow over devils table this morning.

Started provisioning for a few weeks with no access to abundant food

If we go down to the Grenadines there are limited sources of food and it is expensive and rare. So I started shopping to day to fill the freezer. I know I'm buying too much, but it shouldn't go to waste. Now there are a few things I should have sourced in Grenada (like more chocolate and cafe) but I didn't so I'm looking to see if any local SVG companies exist with these products. Not much luck for now.
The swell in Princess M Beach has gone down considerably this afternoon. The were warnings that the seas would be 2.5 to 4.0 meters for today and calm as the sun went down.

The swell has returned to Princess M Beach

It was so nice for one week, there was no swell and only small waves. I knew this wouldn't last. The swell returned today and it is a nice long period swell with high winds. So still not really a problem. Things are not falling out of cabinets. It was nice napping at high-noon to the swell. I'll see how it is tonight.
Finished sewing repairs on the dodger and chaps today. I cleaned the dodger as best I could and hung her back on the boat so I can keep the hatch in my bedroom open tonight. I had to close and open the hatch several times last night cause of periodic showers. I have yet to try and fit the chaps back on dink.
It has been cool at night lately. I have to use a sheet to sleep. Drops down to about 78F at night and the water temperature is about 80F. I have to get fuel, have a rigger fix a spreader light, and provision a bit, then we will be heading south to the other Grenadine islands for a couple of weeks.


We are anchored off of Princess Margaret's beach. This and Tony Gibbons Beach are two of the most awesome beaches I've seen. On any other island there would be high rise hotels but not here. I've been to Bequia several times in the last 20 years and it gets better each time. The walkway on the edge of admiralty bay has been raised and improved. You can now walk from the ferry all the way to Princess Margaret's beach with out being slammed by waves for slipping on algae coated rocks.
It appears that St Vincent has realized that their foreign money comes in from the Grenadines and not from the main island. There is only one place on the main island that attracts boats or tourists and that is the southern most point called Young Island and Blue Lagoon. The rest of the Grenadine Islands are fill with tourist and yachts. Bequia is a yacht haven and the other islands (with the exception of Canouan, no body would go there unless they were on a golf tour for the filthy rich) are money makers for those that support the diving and yachting business.
Here is a picture of the main street in Bequia. There right side is for cars, the left side is for people.


Sailing injuries

Every time I go sailing the next day I find bruises and sore spots that weren't there the day before. While sailing "shit happens" and you deal with it as quickly as possible. You bang and arm or your leg and you don't notice it at the time. The next day you feel the pain. On my trip up from Carriacou to Bequia we had a great sail, winds just below 20kts and 2ft seas. The heading was great leading all the ways past the lee side of the Grenadines to Bequia. But we did have a few big waves wet the deck. On one instance I was standing on the cockpit seats holding on to the dodger and getting ready to trim the main for the new squall that was coming in to us. My feet slipped off the deck and I went crashing down onto the wench then rolled and hit the other wench. My chins are bruised, my forearms are bruised and I have two bad bruisers on my left and right abs. The forearms and chins have done okay, but the left side of my torso is still bruised and in pain when I move certain ways.
Other than that accident, the sail was awesome!!! Full Gib and reefed main at 6.5kts of speed right on course, even with the current setting to the West.
For the past 4 days I've had pain when rolling over at night. Otherwise it is good. I was clipped in so no chance of going overboard on this (I always clip in).
Hopefully in another couple of days I'll be good as new. I have lots of Vit C with all the citrus fruit in season. A bit of Rum helps as well :)

Puppies are cleared in!!!

Yep, they have walking papers for SVG. We sailed from Bequia this morning and took a mooring at Young Island Cut. Dink took us to Blue Lagoon where we met the vet. She said that I should ignore the BVI about requiring rabies tests every year. I will do that as those test cost lots of $s. We had to go to the vet to get lime and heart worm tests cause our were more the 6mos old. The Gov of SVG drove us to the Vet for the tests and then the Vet drove us back to Blue Lagoon. The Vet test cost, but SVG doesn't charge to import animals. Yeh. Here for a month I think.
Two mega yachts just anchored and are blocking our view of the ocean. One is 135ft the other is 204ft.

Sail to St Vincent

Really nice sailing yesterday. Waves were small and the wind was between 12 and 20kts at 128deg. That wind angle was perfec