Video – Trinidad to Antigua

After a challenging start in Chaguaramas (we had to pull the boat back out and get if fixed over night) we got into the swing of things, sailed over night to the Grenadines and enjoyed a couple of days of island hoping before continuing to Antigua.

The roughly 400nm route looked like this:

We did not capture as much footage as usual. Hopefully the video below still gives somewhat of a flavor of the places we visited:

The Elusive Spotted Dolphins

On the high seas again.  The crew settled in for a 2 day sail to Antigua.  We had a rough 1st night with alot of wave action. Each time we passed by one of the many carribean islands, we lost our wind and needed to motor until we passed the island. So far, we have passed St. Vincent, St. lucia, Martinique, Dominica, and we are currently enjoying the lights of Guadeloupe.  Most of the past day has been spent relaxing, taking watch or sleeping.  We had a light lunch of hot dogs from a jar and chips and spinach dip.  For dinner, Corinna made a fantastic fish stew.  The days highlight, you guessed it, yes Uncle Dan, we came across a pod of 10 of the Eluuusive Spotted Dolphins! They appeared to be smaller than those we have seen on prior trips.  They danced and played for 5 minutes and swam off.  All in all a good day.  In about 10 hours we should make landfall in Antiqua to end another leg in Tioga’s journey home.

Bequia – Marley Hats and Orca Teeth

We went into the town last night and did a little dancing to reggae. Lili and Lauren met 2 little girls – Zion and Azifa. Since it was a late night we slept in a bit. After the usual breakfast
of fruit and cereal, Capt. Philip, Peter, Linda, Cathy and Lili headed into to town. Corinna and Lauren relaxed on Tioga. The landing team arrived to find Bequia in full Easter Regatta
Festival with food, arts & crafts, more food and loud music. The group officially checked out of St Vincent & the Grenadines since Tioga will set sail for this leg’s final destination of Antigua
later in the day.We stop in at a open air market and purchase some t-shirts and bags and other Merch! The captain spent about an hour negotiating for an Orca tooth and a Bob Marley Knit cap – which really set the Carribean mood. We wove our way through the festival and along the coastal walkway to a large high falutin’ party which we were way under dressed. We watched the movers and shakers in the party for a few minutes and headed back to a nice little cafe along the water front for some conch fritters, fish cakes and chicken wings – washed down with Rum Punch and Pain Killers. Once we left the waterfront cafe we were walking back to the inflatable when we ran into a committee member from the regatta and inquired about trading a Dory Club burgee for a local clubs burgee. We were introduced to Andrew – the head of the local youth sailing program. He brought us into their local club and treated us to rum punch after rum punch. We left the Dory Club burgee with the promise of getting one of theirs mailed to us. We also swaps personal contact information in the hopes of doing a little sail instructor training abroad program to Bequia and having some of their students travel to the US to sail in our program. We lucked out with a few Gosling Red Regatta shirts and a Youth sailing hat for Lili. Lili made a purchase of an Orca tooth necklace for Peter that will nicely match his lucky ships wheel necklace he received before sailing transatlantic. With the afternoon waning away we decided to head back to the Tioga for a bit of rest and prepare for the 2 day sail to Antigua – hopefully we have time for a quick stop in Guadalupe along the way. We have a quick meal of curried Chicken and salad before departing the lovely island of Bequia – another awesome day.


The Perfect Easter Sunday

On this hot Easter morning, we started off with some delicious bacon egg and cheese sandwiches made by Cathy on some buttery croissants grilled up by Lili. After some post-breakfast swimming in the incredibly refreshing Mustique water, we set off to the island in hopes of meeting the anonymous rich and famous (without getting a sunburn). As we docked on the island we looked around for a taxi to give us a tour of this truly mysterious island, which in fact is one large company. The tour was in a 7-person van, given by a very old local who was relatively hard to understand, but nonetheless told us all there is to know about the island. We saw the houses of Bryan Adams, Tommy Hilfiger, Mick Jagger, and many more. After the tour, we found a small pop up bar to have a drink before heading back to the boat.
We ate a quick lunch and took a last swim before setting sail and heading to Bequia. Once anchoring in Port Elizabeth we all relaxed and had an absolutely delicious
steak, green bean and rice dinner. The steak was grilled to perfection thanks to our humble captain. We all ate and looked around to where we are and how lucky we were to be sitting in this beautiful harbor on this beautiful boat with the best company and watch the sun set with full bellies and (overly) sun kissed skin while we all shared stories and laughter to end the most perfect Easter, in the best way possible, and after enough Tequila Sunrises, we for sure can all move like Jagger…