This year’s jaunt to Bequia was fairly easy; winds were generally under 20, and we were sailing close hauled, but comfortably – until we cleared the southwest corner of the island when the winds veered to the east, of course, just where we needed to go, and they increased to 28 to 30 knots. The Bequia Blast had nailed us once again.
Big waves were rolling out of Admiralty Bay, and it was impossible to motorsail into the wind and waves; we tacked back and forth across the bay eventually getting in far enough to the point where the waves died down to a manageable size, and we could furl the jib, haul the main in tight, and motor-sail the rest of the way to our anchorage. That last hour was pretty wild.
Soon though, we settled at anchor, and began to sort out our plans for spending a few days in Bequia enjoying the island, the sights, and the people. Our second day there was taken up with some shopping, wandering, laundry and maintenance on the boat. Laundry day is always a blast as the whole boat is taken up with drying clothes.
With chores completed, we wandered up the hill to Papa’s Restaurant and Bar with Pat and Darnell. Pat and I had to give the Go Go scooter a little push up the hill as the grade was too steep for its tiny motor. Heck, it was almost too steep for us to manage! But the hike was worth the effort as we enjoyed some of the best nachos we’d ever tasted, and the view from the top of the hill was incredible.