Departing Bequia

With some reluctance, we hauled the dinghy into the davits and stowed the outboard; as the photo shows, the RIB is hauled tight up to the davit arms with the drain to starboard, and the 85 pound Nissan is bolted to the bracket on the port side. In this fashion, the heavy weight is on the upwind side, the water drain on the downhill side, a safe configuration for island hopping.

Island Hopping Dinghy Stowage
Island Hopping Dinghy Stowage

Our time in Bequia was too short, and it is one of those islands we plan to visit again next year when we’ll have a chance to spend more time. There are places to explore, excellent diving opportunities, and many more restaurants to try. One place I will avoid is the main vegetable market, as there is a smaller, much nicer street market just a block down the street. The vendors at the big market took advantage of my too easy manner, and ripped me off by stuffing overripe vegetables in my bag. Never again.
Do you Know What these are Called?
Do you Know What these are Called?

As we sailed out the harbor in the brisk morning breeze, 25 knots or so, we passed these derelict housing units that had been built into the coral walls. Our guess is that a past hurricane destroyed the homes and they were never rebuilt, but we’d like to know more. If anyone can shed light on these structures, please email us as our research has yet to reveal their secrets.
We only had about 20 or so miles to travel down to Canouan, and the wind was a bit aft of the beam once we turned the corner to head south at the end of Admiralty Harbor. Ocean Angel sailed with a big bone in her teeth that day, eating up the miles is very short order. At 9 knots, the miles fly by quickly; the decks are dry; life is good.
Canouan Fishing Nets
Canouan Fishing Nets

As we rounded the corner into Charlestown Bay on Canouan, we passed close to these fishing nets, anchored semi-permanently to the bottom in this location. By day the fishermen come out in small boats and work the nets until they’ve hauled in their catch. These nets are not lit and night time arrivals will do well to realize the nets will be here somewhere in the outer reaches of the harbor.

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