From Carriacou we sailed hard and close to the wind to Union Island where we anchored in crowded Clifton Harbor to clear into St. Vincent and the Grenadines. Gary and I used one of the boat boys to taxi us ashore, and by the time we returned to the boats, both girls were ready to hoist anchor for the short sail over to the Tobago Cays. The wind was howling; the holding in Clifton harbor is at best, marginal, and Patti on Native Dancer was particularly ill at ease as her boat swung uncomfortably close to her neighbor. Once their anchor was up, I think Patti put the throttle to the firewall to leave the harbor as quickly as possible.
You can follow our track over to to the cays as we motor-sailed into the harbor, and you can see all the AIS equipped vessels nearby shown as either blue triangles (commercial vessels) or green (pleasure).
We coasted into the anchorage and took a few minutes to choose our anchoring spot because the wind was really whistling with anchored boats swinging in wider arcs than normal. We wanted to be certain our location would not interfere with other boats anchored nearby. After a day at our first spot we moved when a few vessels departed leaving some big holes further ahead in shallower water where we could anchor on less chain and would ride easier while reducing our swinging to a safer position. Gary and Patti stayed behind the pack choosing deeper water while avoiding some of the charter boats anchored further in.
No matter how many times we’ve been here, we never tire of these gorgeous waters. Yes, it’s a little more crowded than some other anchorages, but the Eastern Caribbean has become the playground of the charter fleets so finding a deserted anchorage has become more difficult each year. We choose our own path regardless of what others think or say. We’ve never regretted visiting any of our choices.
Earlier you saw a Carriacou sloop under construction. Here’s one getting ready to sail out of the Tobago Cays.
We laid back here for several days as we now had only two more passages before we reached St.Lucia.