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Making Lemonade life gives you lemons make lemonade” Hello friends and family this cruising journal/blog is about my travels, the places I go and the friends I meet along the way.

Trip: Caribbean Cruising

There are [21] stories from my trip: Caribbean Cruising

Tintamarre Island, St Martin

NETHERLANDS ANTILLES | Wednesday, 9 Jun 2010 | Views [585]

Maine.   June 9 th The sail to Tintamarre was slower than usual due to Belle’s very dirty bottom. Tintamarre is a small island with a sandy bay and reefs on both ends of the beach and is opposite Orient Bay St Martin. There is an excellent ... Read more >

Tags: beach, coral, coral reefs, fish, snorkeling, sunrise, sunsets, swimming, turtles

Week 1 - St Maarten to Portland Maine, 1,690 miles

NETHERLANDS ANTILLES | Wednesday, 9 Jun 2010 | Views [738]

Week 1 June 10 th day 1       Thursday day 1 St Maarten to Portland Maine passage begins We woke early and made the final preparations for departure. We had our last tropical snorkel on the reef and on our way out to the reef met two beautiful ... Read more >

Tags: beach, coral, coral reefs, fish, snorkeling, sunrise, sunsets, swimming, turtles

On our way

NETHERLANDS ANTILLES | Monday, 7 Jun 2010 | Views [378]

June 7 th The work is done! The front stay and new head sail furler has been installed, we have completed final provisioning and checked out of the country with immigration. We spent the evening at Lagoonies for our last happy hour (see pics) ... Read more >

Tags: setting sail

Maho Bay - awesome

NETHERLANDS ANTILLES | Sunday, 6 Jun 2010 | Views [517]

We went to Maho Bay again to watch the 747 land from the beach which was an awesome experience. I bought a new camera in Phillipsburg which was a ghost town without the cruise ships in. As we strolled around the deserted streets we realized what a ... Read more >

Tags: 747, airport, beach, landings

Orient Bay, French St Martin

NETHERLANDS ANTILLES | Saturday, 5 Jun 2010 | Views [519]

June 5 th It is so hot here we decided a day at the beach was the best way to stay cool. Oriental Bay is a posh resort on the N’East French side of the island and very nice. You drive through a private community with gorgeous stylish homes bordered ... Read more >

Tags: beach, nudist colony, sand, sea, snorkeling, st martin

June 3rd Happy Birthday Ruby!

NETHERLANDS ANTILLES | Thursday, 3 Jun 2010 | Views [565]

Special treat today as most of the work (general maintenance) has been done we have taken the day off. We started by dropping off the laundry (yeah) and then with breakfast at Zbest our favorite breakfast spot with wonderful omelets located in Simpson ... Read more >

Tags: breakfast, dutch, french, gin, lagoon, red wine, sailing, turkey

Photos: Caribbean Cruising

NETHERLANDS ANTILLES | Monday, 31 May 2010 | Photo Gallery

Island hopping in the Caribbean Islands
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Tags: antigua & barbuda, grenada, st vincent & grenadines, tobago cays, tyrell bay, union island

St Maarten Netherland Antilles

NETHERLANDS ANTILLES | Wednesday, 26 May 2010 | Views [861]

May 24 th Troubles begin. Headsail furling broke more work to be done in St Maarten. We will be sailing to St Maarten either with a storm sail or asymmetrical. May 22 nd Anchored outside Jolly to swim and clean bottom May 23 rd ... Read more >

Tags: duty free, sailing, yacht services

May 2nd-19th - Stateside back to reality

USA | Sunday, 2 May 2010 | Views [304]

May 1 st New York City I had a day lay over in Newark and decided to take an open top bus tour of NYC. It was fantastic and I highly recommend you take a tour on your first day in NYC. Actually even if you live there and have not done the tour ... Read more >

Jolly Harbor

ANTIGUA & BARBUDA | Monday, 26 Apr 2010 | Views [333]

April 26 th Returned to Jolly Harbor Marina where it all started for me. It’s Hannah’s penultimate day and I am missing her already! Once docked and comfortable we walked to the beach. Jolly Harbor beach is the best I’ve seen on Antigua and has ... Read more >

Spanish Point Barbuda

ANTIGUA & BARBUDA | Tuesday, 20 Apr 2010 | Views [347]

April 20 th – 26 th Barbuda is a low island over have the size of Antigua but has only 1600 people living on it. It was leased from England for the price of one fat sheep by the Codrington family. The island has beautiful long pink beaches with ... Read more >

Nelson’s Dockyard, English Harbor Antigua

ANTIGUA & BARBUDA | Monday, 12 Apr 2010 | Views [385]

April 12 th Back in Antigua and preparing for Hannah’s arrival and the start of Classics Week. Nelson’s dockyard is a restored harbor from the time of Admiral Nelson and the English fleet arrived/colonized Antigua. It is gorgeous and a great spot ... Read more >

Tags: admiral nelson, classics regatta, dockyard, marina


DOMINICA | Thursday, 8 Apr 2010 | Views [484]

April 8 th - 11 th   (lost my camera with pics from Bequia, St Vincent & Dominica) After a difficult sail which took much longer than expected due to a troublesome low front we arrived late afternoon. We again were met by very helpful boat boys ... Read more >

Tags: camera, cruise ships, island, tour

St Vincent – Wallilaboo

SAINT VINCENT AND THE GRENADINES | Monday, 5 Apr 2010 | Views [440]

April 5 th – 8 th (lost camera – no pics) St Vincent is the big island in the Grenadines and hence suffers from a higher crime rate. That said it is beautiful with waterfalls, volcanoes, rain forests and the oldest botanical gardens in ... Read more >

Tags: eco tour, land rover, parrots, pirates of the caribbean, rain, rain forest, volcanoes

Bequia – Admiralty Bay - Easter weekend

SAINT VINCENT AND THE GRENADINES | Wednesday, 31 Mar 2010 | Views [448]

Mar 31 st – April 5 th (lost camera – no photos) Bequia was described to me by a Canadian woman living on the island for 14 years as “the little island with the big island spirit”. There was a real community feel to the island and although ... Read more >

Tags: barbie, bay, dancing, regatta, sailboats, turtles

Tobago Cays - paradise

SAINT VINCENT AND THE GRENADINES | Friday, 26 Mar 2010 | Views [1009]

Tobago Cays is a government maintained Marine Park in the middle of St Vincent & the Grenadines. They were the location for much of the Pirates of the Caribbean films but thankfully they were not being filmed while we were there. The epitome of ... Read more >

Tags: banna bread, full moon, iguanas, paradise, pirates, reefs, snorkeling, stars, sunset, turtles

Union Island Grenadines

NETHERLANDS ANTILLES | Tuesday, 23 Mar 2010 | Views [1307]

March 23rd, 2010 We set sail for Union Island the starting point and immigration entry point, for our exploration of St Vincent and the Grenadines . We arrived after a 4.5 hour bracing sail to Clifton Harbor where customs are located. We tied ... Read more >

Tags: dinner party, market, showers, yacht club

Mount Port Louis, Carriacou

NETHERLANDS ANTILLES | Monday, 22 Mar 2010 | Views [326]

After aborting attempts to visit Sandy Island for snorkeling due to unstable gusting winds we were just about to reluctantly return to Tyrrell Bay .   Luckily Jim spotted a beach in a small bay and decided to take a closer look. We spent two nights ... Read more >

March 20th, 2010 – Carriacou – Tyrell Bay - Happy Birthday Hannah!

NETHERLANDS ANTILLES | Saturday, 20 Mar 2010 | Views [592]

We left Grenada today and more importantly to me we left the Marina, yeah. After a short but great sail with gusts that challenged both Belle and Jim we arrived in Tyrrell Bay, Carriacou Island. This anchorage is described as small and charming but ... Read more >

Tags: bay, birds, harbor, popular, reef, snorkeling, wildlife, wine


GRENADA | Monday, 15 Mar 2010 | Views [889]

March 14th, 2010 Arrived Grenada around 4:30pm and made a grand or should I say ground entrance due to a confusing buoy system and conflicting guide book advice. We eventually tied up in Port Louis Marina a new venture being built by Peter De Savvry ... Read more >

Tags: fauna, flora, marina, museum, people, restaurant

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