Saturday, April 11, 2015

Circumnavigation of Antigua Complete

April 7th
After thirteen days, we have sailed back around to Jolly Harbor to re-provision, thus completing our circumnavition of the island.  We really enjoyed this adventure.  Other than taking the dinghy ashore to go hiking or walk on the beach, we had very little time on shore.  No towns, no restaurants or bars, no grocery shopping or boat part shopping.  And that was a nice change.  Just nature and us.  We had some boat to boat interaction, the VHF, SSB and of course the internet so we were not completely cut off.  But it was a nice, quiet, calm 13 days.  However, now that we have returned to civilization, we immediately went for take away at the local grocery store, two big provision runs, as well as dinghy gas and oil, trash and finally pizza and beer with crusing friends.

We found many places we would like to go back to and spend more time. But for a first time around, it was brilliant.  Now we head into pre-Classics week and then Classics Week.  Tom and I have been  asked to be volunteers this year so stay tuned for those updates.  Of course I will be taking tons of pics of the beautiful classic yachts so there will mucho boat porn coming soon.  Along with all of this, the social scene will kick into hyper drive compared to our normal cruising.  While we like to socialize, we are not into constant interaction, buddy boating or highly organized events.  And NEVER games -We do not play dominoes!  However, Classics Week is somehow different.  Cruisers all up and down the eastern Carribean converge in Antigua for Classics - us coming north and those in the north (like BVI's and St Maarten) coming south.  It's like an annual convention.  A chance to see cruising friends you have not seen in awhile, meet those you have only heard on the radio or seen in anchorages but not met.  And of course meet new people.  

There are numerous events.  The infamous Mount Gay Red Hat parties where cruisers drink rum to earn tickets to trade in for t-shirts and The Red Hat.  There is noodling in the mornings - water aerobics, hiking, dinghy concert, and lunches, sundowners, and dinners with friends.  This year there is a big cricket match  England vs West Indies, a cruisers jewelery show on a catamaran and possibly something called a kitty shitty wine party.   

And don't forget Classics Week events.  The racing, the awards, the parties aka free food and drink - the cruisers favorite.  

Friday, April 10, 2015

Happy Anniversary SV Honey Ryder

April 10th, 2015
Happy 5th Anniversary sv Honey Ryder.  Wow, five years.  We have come a long way together in nautical miles and in learning.  We've seen some amazing lands and met some interesting characters from the first day we bought you.  We've experienced the good and the bad, the happy and the nerve-racking and came through it all.  We look forward to many more adventures and anniversaries with you.

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Underwater Plongee

Plongee Tom

April 6th, 2015 Carlisle Bay or Clean Your Bottom Bay
Plongee in French for scuba diving or snorkeling.  We see that word a lot in the French islands.  It's a funny sounding word - plongee - sounds like p-lawn-gee.  Once it gets into in my head, I can't stop saying to myself.  Plongee, plongee , just bounces around in there.  I really like it.
Plongee, plongee, plongee - to say

Anyway,  Tom got out all his dive gear and went into full plongee mode under our boat.  First he did some scraping of the prop, shaft and propeller.
Time to get busy
Then he tried to put on the new line cutter.  However, the current was just to strong to keep him from doing that delicate work.
The line cutter

Can you see the sharp edge
Can you see both sharp sides
Next he put on a new zinc on the shaft.  For your non-boaters, zincs are sacrificial pieces of metal put on boats to keep important metal things from corroding.  In other words, the zincs gets eaten away by corrosion first thus saving the important stuff like the shaft.

Then he gave the bottom a light scrub.  The starboard side is worst than the port - sunlight hits more over there as we anchor facing east most of the time.

Finally he checked our anchor set.  Whew!  I only played plongee assistant, handing him parts and tools from the boat and it wore me out.  I had to take a late afternoon cat nap in the cockpit.

But no rest for Tom.  He put another coat of Cetol on the companionway wood.  It cleaned up so nice that it actually looks like he put new wood there.  No way Tom was rolling unto Falmouth Harbor and Classic Week with tired looking teak trim.