Your journey from the airport to Rodney Bay marina, will take you through some majestic scenery and the remains of many sugar plantations which were the backbone of the countries economy and history for many years. Once you have settled in, we set sail south to our first night time spot – St Lucia’s famous Pitons, two volcanic plugs that rise vertically up out of the sea like the backs of sleeping beasts. The snorkeling in this marine conservation area is outstanding. Swim as long as you like with these gorgeous sea creatures and then relax on the aft deck with hors d’oeuvres and a cocktail – and the majestic Pitons towering over you.
This is a true BLUE WATER passage; we will be sailing is all that the Atlantic Ocean has to offer, as we make our passage from St Lucia to St Vincent. Most of the passage will be spend with 20ish knots on the beam, with the associated swell, but this all changes as we approach St Vincent; both the wind and seas are refracted around the top of the island. This means that as we get closer, the wind starts to shift aft of the beam, as do the swells. They also both increase. The 18-20 knot winds and 6-8 foot seas we had on the beam on the way across from St. Lucia build to 20-25 knots and 10 foot+, coming on our aft quarter. SURFING!! We are heading for Chateaubelair in St.Vincent, which is a truly magical place located at the base of St.Vincent’s volcano. There are beaches, reefs for snorkeling and a superb dive location.
A we leave the southern end of St. Vincent, just like St. Lucia, the wind fills in and we switch off the engine for another blast of a beam reach sail for 10 miles across the channel to the island of Bequia. We round Point Peter and the bustling little provincial town of Port Elizabeth opens up. We drop anchor off picturesque Princess Margaret Beach. Once famed as a whaling station, Bequia is a small island, only 7 square miles and a population of just over 4000 souls. Indeed, limited whaling is still allowed here