Do you know why some English are called "Limeys"?  According to one of our cruising guides in the early days the English sailors used to eat limes to ward off scurvy.  When they were in port they were to lounge around "to lime" and that came to mean "hang out".  Not sure that is very important but we are always trying to become better educated :).

We made it from St. Martin down to Antigua on an overnight passage.  The winds were light, seas were under 3 feet and we motor sailed our way south to Antigua getting in around noon.  The island has a long history with the English Navy and was the British's main naval station in the Lesser Antilles.  Antigua is 54 square miles and has 80,000 people living on it.  We just missed the famous Antigua race week which is held every year in late April and it brings many a sailboat racer down to enjoy the sun and winds.

Antigua has some hills/mountains, 1,300 feet for it's tallest.  We ended up sailing north to Barbuda and that has it's tallest elevation of 125 feet.  Both islands have lots of protected anchorages so you can sail/motor just a few miles and find a new anchorage with few or no boats to share it with.  On Barbuda they have a beach that is 16 miles long with lots of pink sand, yes it is really pink.  Barbuda is also home to Frigate birds, the largest rookery in the Eastern Caribbean.  It also has wild horses, deer and donkeys, we did hear the donkeys one night for several hours.

The area around Antigua/Barbuda is suppose to be great for snorkeling/diving.  There are many reefs you can pick from and while the reefs have taken a hit from the storms/hurricanes there is new growth and lots of wildlife to watch.    We snorkeled a bit in Barbuda, and saw a large turtle and several rays in addition to the normal fishes we always see.  The reef had been hit hard by a hurricane, and had lots of damage, but it was slowly regrowing.

Right now we are in North Sound on Antigua - see map in pictures, and will make our way around the island to visit English and Falmouth Harbors before we set sail further south.  We have to be near Grenada by July 1 for hurricane season.

Kris gave Sam a haircut the other day to help keep him cool, as it is getting warmer with summer coming on.  She went a little shorter than she normally does, and Sam looks a bit funny, but he seems happy and much cooler.  Dean and Derek giggle when they look at him, for only his tail and ears have any long hair.

 

 

 

05/12/13; Antigua and Barbuda   
 
English and Falmouth harbors in Antigua

Frigate bird
 
Long, long, long, pink sand beach

On approach to Antigua

Sam's short haircut