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Bahia de Almodovar

Happy Texas Independence Day. We departed St. Thomas on Friday morning and headed to Bahia de Almodovar on Culebra.  We were able to clear customs by phone.  (Yes, you have to clear customs in Puerto Rico coming from the USVIs.)  … Continue reading

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Saba and on to Salt Pond Bay, St. John

On Sunday the 23rd, we fended off the offers of taxis and tours in Charlestown, cleared out of Nevis when customs opened and quickly departed north.  Our plan was to sail by Saba approximately 45 nm northwest of Nevis, see … Continue reading

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We spent three nights on Nevis on a mooring just north of Charlestown. Nevis peak is beautiful and often topped with clouds.  In fact, the Spanish name for the island was Nuestra Señora de las Nieves or Our Lady of … Continue reading

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Touring Deshaies, Guadaloupe

We rolled into Deshaies in the early afternoon from Les Saintes.  On the way, we saw a big marlin hitting fish on the surface of the water, a pod of dolphins and quite a few turtles.  Once we anchored, we … Continue reading

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Tales of Cocoa, Stage 2

We started step two of our experiment with the cocoa beans we collected on Dominica. Step one was to ferment for one week. Translation: let the beans rot. You may have noticed the blue and orange mold you’d expect on … Continue reading

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Deshaies, Guadaloupe

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Marie Galante

On Wednesday we moved over to Marie Galante, about 16 nm directly upwind from Les Saintes. Fortunately, the trades are relatively moderate and it was an ok motor sail. Marie Galante is a much flatter island with little tourism so … Continue reading

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Tales of Cocoa and Cocoy

Everywhere we look are trees full of fruit.  We expected palm trees with coconuts and banana trees.  These are leading exports for the island. We’d even heard about abundant mangoes and papaya. Grapefruit and oranges growing in the rain forest … Continue reading

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Birding at Syndicate Forest

This afternoon, we took a spectacular trip up to Syndicate Forest with the bird expert for Dominica, Bertrand Jno Baptiste.  He is a forester in his day job, but is an expert in the birds of Dominica and has even … Continue reading

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Earlier in the year, we spoke to the son of the person who invented the modern jackstands that are so common in boatyards – Tom Brownell.  Here things can be a bit more creative.

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