20. januar 2012  
  Windward og Leeward Islands from Barbados to Antigua & Berbuda (Lesser Antilles)
 
 

"Windward Islands" is one of two areas in the "Lesser Antilles". The second is called the "Leeward Islands". Windward ranging from Grenada in the south to Martinique in the north, and includes Grenada, Barbados, St. Vincent & the Grenadines, St.Lucia and Martinique. Of these islands only Martinique under foreign domination (French). Leeward ranging from Dominica to the Virgin Islands.

Our route has been Barbados - Tobago Cays (subject St.Vincent), St.Vincent, St.Lucia, Martinique, Dominica, Guadeloupe, Antigua and Barbuda (see Google Earth).

Barbados

Barbados is always to be high in price with us. It was here that we are finally able to anchor to rest for 5 meters after a very difficult crossing of the Atlantic. We do not have many options in terms of anchoring. It is in reality only Carlisle Bay in Bridgetown which offers certain anchoring opportunities. There is no support in the country for sailing, so repairs and replacement of equipment is only to forget. Immigration, customs and health authorities are adapted to the large number of cruise ships that come here, and we have to go through the same procedure. We just have to be patient.

Tobago Cays

In the dark winter evenings with planning in the years before this trip is the Tobago Cays which stands for us as the image of Paradise.

This atoll is a small area consisting of coral reefs and small, low islands. The beaches are blennende white, and there is an extensive wildlife above and below water. The area is subject to special protection, and anyone visiting the area will be charged fees to support the protection of the environment. It is a pleasure to pay this, the area is truly unique in the Caribbean. Here you can not dive alone. You must be accompanied by local guides. In addition to the environmental aspect, this is surely a source of income.

Lizards and turtles are a lot of in this Atoll, and the Værnes of citizens as the family silver.

There are none here. The nearest inhabited island is Union Island - a 15 minute fast boat ride.

Those who remember the movie "Pirates of the Caribbean", where Jack Sparrow stranded on a deserted island, is filmed exactly the Tobago Cays.

Bequia

Midway between the Tobago Cays and St. Vincent, we find the small island of Bequia. This is a very fertile island. Vegetation is a bit of rain forest, where vines hang down the steep, wooded mountain slopes. This is a pretty rugged island, where we meet Caribbean luktur very high degree of authenticity. Here are very few tourists unless they come with sailboats. One and another cruise ship makes landfall here, but only for a few hours.

It held something called "jump-up" here. Every Thursday there is live music (steel drums) and rompunsj on a non pre-determined location. It bears little stamp of an event that occurs only.

St.vincent

St. Vincent's in the pirates' characters. In Willilabou Bay, three of the four "Pirates of the Caribbean" films recorded. Scenes are still standing, and the kids got to dress up in native costumes. The place was really banking during the hurricane in 2008, and the scenery is not built for the hurricane. But there are still plenty of supplies and equipment to place parties absorption of these films.

St.Vincent is independent and has administrative control over the Grenadines. There are in excess of 100,000 people at St. Vincent. The State is a member of the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS), and received its full independence in 1979.

St.Lucia

Anyone who has been involved in Atlantic Rally for Cruisers (ARC) know St.Lucia - landfall for the transatlantic race from the Canary Islands to Rodney Bay in St. Lucia.

This is the place for repairs and supplies. The entire marina is a duty free zone, and it is an incredible supply of competent people to sail repairs, work on the rig, hull, machinery ... no limitations.

We had flown into a new autopilot and new VHF and some other substance. Everything came out, and was delivered entirely in accordance with the agreement. We went in here on its way north and heading south. The first time we visited, arrived at the last ARC boats. Tribulation was great. The second time it was much nicer to be here.

Martinique

Martinique is one of France's two remaining colonies in the Caribbean. This is a varied and beautiful island. Northern parts of the island bears fremdelse relatively clear traces of volcanic activity. One story says that a small town called "Saint Pierre" was completely eradicated in 1902, but one person survived. It was he who was the only prisoner in the jail. History tells us nothing if he were pardoned or had to zone further. Further south of Martinique, the landscape is more friendly than in the north and the beaches changes color from black to white.

Martinique is completely under French control, the currency is the Euro and the language French / Creole.

Dominica

Dominica is perhaps the poorest and least developed island we have visited in the Lesser Antilles. There is little in Dominica that draws one to be long, and we make only a short stop for the night. It is not immediately available funds to clear up after the hurricanes, and boaters are warned against "harsh conditions".

Antigua

English Harbour is one of Antigua's best - if not the best - ports. At the head of English Harbour, Nelson's Dockyard - a heritage that began its history in the 1600s.

Christmas was spent in Antigua this year - with porridge, almond, marzipan pig and Christmas dinner.

Barbuda

Barbuda is subject to Antigua's government, and there is not much to control. Only 1,500 people live here, and all live in the island's only town. There are a few very exclusive resorts on Barbuda, the British eat harness rests out incognito. Beyond this, the island is completely deserted. The sises that you find the best Caribbean beach on Barbuda, and we believe. 12 km of pink sand beach - and we see no other people than ourselves!