We planned to finalize arrangements with the marina, then take a leisurely trip up over the top of the island, then back down the east and south coasts, making a full circuit of the island before we called it a day. The weather gods would have none of it, though, and we ended up spending our last two weeks anchored in Deep Bay on the Northwest coast, just below St. John’s.
Certainly not a hardship these last two weeks, as we enjoyed happy hours in the cockpit every day, snorkeling over the wreck in the middle of the bay, dinghy touring, and fort exploring. Each day we’d make a little progress towards readying the boat for storage, and tackling these end of season chores in this laid back way made our last days just heaven.
The wind screamed in the rigging the whole time we holed up in Deep Bay, but no worries as holding is excellent throughout the bay. For our last few days it was just Caribe and Ocean Angel.
This beautiful quiet bay gave us the chance to spit shine the boat cleaning her inside and out; being trapped here was not a bad thing at all. For the first time in 5 years the end of our sailing season brought us no drama, no trials by lightning or fire, just an absolute calm and peaceful way to wrap up a generally wonderful year aboard.