As in life there are many routes you can take to get to the same place, evidently even to Panama. Boats have gone direct to Bonaire, North to BVI's, even Cuba. However, we always wanted to re-visit the Leeward and Windward Isles, home to warm memories of past family holidays and literally Island hop our way down south. First stop Guadalupe and a windy mooring in Deshaise, 'Death in Paradise' lovers will recognise 'that' bar but not the torrential rain that gave us the wettest dinghy ride ashore ever. We had to buy 'tourist' T shirts so we didn't drip over the food (its not always hot sun, honest).So to Isle des Sainte, sooo French but really cute, good food and a beach where goats come for a stroke.... seriously. Onto Dominica, wow how first impressions can be so wrong, what a jewel of an unspoilt island ... the Deli of the Caribbean later (see more in our next blog). Then more of a stride than a hop down to St Lucia, vainly to pick up our trophy, where oh where shall we put such a fine piece. Bequia, the boomerang Island proved to be the case as we were here exactly 10 years ago, even diving with the same Dive School .... Caribbean time moves slowly. Great little island best coffee and smoothies café. We shared the experience with the other crews that sailed south, sun downers on back of boats, meals ashore and trips .. fun and interesting to find their stories and how they came to be Island hoping to Panama.
After 3 weeks in Antigua, today we start our circumnavigation adventure!
We've had an amazing time here in Antigua starting with 2 weeks over Xmas and New Year with all the family in the Villa Sariel (with the most glorious views of Falmouth Harbour). Then back on the boat for final preparations, getting to know our fellow World Rallyers, drinking our weight everyday in rum punch, whilst exploring the bars and restaurants. We've also picked up a few rum recipes from our rum cooking course at Nicole's Table...here's our favourites. Enjoy!
1. Best Rum Punch : Just make in the following portions - 1 x Sour (Lime) : 2 x Sweet (Sugar) : 3 x Strong (Rum) : 4 x Weak (Water).
2. Coconut Chips : Using a vegetable peeler shave pieces of coconut onto a baking tray and sprinkle with sea salt - put in the oven for 20 minutes until slightly brown and serve. believe us they're delicious.
So today we finally start our voyage (not a journey apparently!) from A to A...from Antigua to Antigua via the rest of the world! 31 boats, 28 months!
The Meteorite Crew
Debbie, Hugh, Janice and Andy