The run from Deshaies to Falmouth Harbor is an easy one; wind and seas just on the beam with no drama on the way. Just the way we like it. Once we swung up in to Falmouth Harbor, found a place to anchor, and had our hook set, we breathed a huge sigh of relief. We had arrived at our new home and did not have to even think about that long slog back to Trinidad. We could relax and really enjoy the last few weeks of the season.
We’d arrived just after the Classic Yacht Regatta and just at the start of Antigua Race Week, the week when all the hot shots have a chance to strut their stuff. Our good friends, Devin and Liz on Moosetracks, had written us letting us know they planned to leave Antigua right after race week, so we had altered our itinerary putting us in Antigua early enough to spend time with them. We joined them at Red Hat parties, the Mount Gay rum events where every drink earned you a ticket that could be redeemed towards purchase of hats and T-shirts. We spent happy hours together, met at restaurant, and just had a great time for a week or so together.
The boat that had anchored on a shoe string near us in Deshaies sailed all the way from Texas to participate in Antigua Race Week, and we watched his progress throughout the week. Race week proved to be somewhat of a letdown for us after the amazing 2014 Classic Regatta, but it was just as well as we had time to enjoy friends without the hectic schedule of a busy week. I also had time to chase down riggers to look at our damage, to have them render opinions and give quotes for replacement of our standing rigging. All that stuff takes time and energy, and eventually – money. Lots of it as we would see.
We caught up with John and Genie from Island Time and were able to spend a few days with them before they hauled the boat and headed back to Vermont. They’d had a difficult year with several break-downs and problems getting their breakdowns properly repaired; this kind of year causes disillusionment and frustration. We found them talking reluctantly of selling the boat and returning to a “normal” life. That day eventually comes for most of us cruisers, and it’s a sad day when it does finally arrive.
When it came time for John and Genie to head over to Jolly Harbor, we decided to tag along so they could give us the lay of the land. After a fast sail along the south side of the island and up the west coast we arrived at the well-marked entrance to Jolly Harbor where we motored straight into the wind for the several mile run up the channel towards the marina complex. We took a short spin around the harbor then wandered back out the channel to find a place to anchor for a few days.
After a couple days at anchor we moved into the marina to join John and Genie for their last few days. We ended up at slips very close to each other and were able to spend time catching up, helping each other with chores, and just generally having a lot of fun. Right next to us was a Beneteau First 456 named Caribe, owned by Steve and Jan Maseda from California. We hit it off right away with this couple and spent a lot of time together over our final weeks.