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Flying Fish Sandwich

Flying Fish Sandwich

After a wonderful break in Barbados, where I became a land-lubber once again, I headed back to join Matt in taking the boat to St Lucia where the World Arc finishes their journey. Although not the end for us, we wanted to celebrate with our friends the achievement they had made in completing their circumnavigation.

I’m not going to write about Barbados here (see my other blog) except to say that after all these months, and about 15000 Nautical miles, of seeing flying fish most days, and sadly having many lose their lives on our deck, I finally took the plunge and ate one. In Barbados they are a local staple and so now was the time!

We headed north a little after the others had left, stopping in at the delightful Sandy Island for a few nights, where the boat was surrounded by big fish, middle sized fish, small fish, tiny fish, oh and, starfish! It was so nice to be at anchor and swimming from the back of the boat again.

We dined over sunset on Aurora Polaris and it was great to catch up with our friends before they headed north. The next night, after plenty of snorkelling and swimming, and a few boat jobs and sewing repairs, we once again ate out. This time on board Timshel, some of our favourite people - a rugged couple from Scotland!

Next morning we headed on to check out of Grenada in Carriacou, and then check in to St Vincent and the Grenadines on Union Island. All done in a day, we anchored at Chatham Bay for more swimming and turtle spotting and the first of those famed Caribbean BBQ’s on the beach.

We then headed to the Tobago Cays - the stuff the area is famous for, where we met up with a few of our friends again. It’s quite different doing this day sailing between islands and no overnight sailing and watches. Its something I could get used to! Unfortunately it was pretty windy most of the time in Tobago Cays, but it didn’t stop us enjoying the ubiquitous turtles, walking to the tops of each of the islands around us to gaze at the incredible ‘blues,’ chasing iguanas, and snorkelling the reef.