Antigua

All pictures were taken at English
Harbour at Nelson's Boatyard and the Admiral Inn. It must be remembered here that in just two short weeks this same space will be host to two of the most important sailing regattas in the Western Hemisphere - Antigua Classics Race Week - Antigua Race Week follows the week after. Literally thousands upon thousands of sailors and crews will party hearty on these same grounds - something we participated in years ago.

A delightful lunch was enjoyed in the Admiral Inn with friends Sal and Frank Bulkley.

Late: Fri, 30 Mar 2007 18:59:34 -0400
 
Hola again, so here we sit in Antigua after a big rain that they needed so much. Spring is coming to the Islands and even here leaves start to come out on some of the trees. It all seems a bit weird but that’s nature.

What we are amazed at is the size and number of the mega-yachts that are parked at the docks. We have 12 over 100 feet and a couple at 350’. These are just private boats. One of them, Paraffin, left for Spain today. A 12 day crossing with a crew of 10 or 12. They have charters in the Med and "have to go"…as they say. Sure is a lot of big money out there in the world.

One of them has a fully rigged 40’ sailboat on deck, that she must carry from regatta to regatta to race, and you can hardly see it! She’s one of the 350’ ones! Quite a Mother Ship - and to think that Antares was our Mother Ship for years when both Nancy and I raced.

Once we get down to the normal boats Swan Song looks pretty good sitting at anchor. She got a very good fresh water bath today….first one in months. Tons of water from the sky

We have a weather change forecast for tonight so we’ll awaken when the 20-25 kts winds come thru. Always something to keep you on your toes ;-)

Had lunch with the nice couple today, who have the 42’ Beneteau, at the old historic Admiral’s Inn in the Boatyard. They actually had decent food for a change. Many of these shorefront restaurants are more interested in the money than the quality and since Nancy and I have been to Antigua many times, we notice the difference.

We are also back in the land of “Attitude” that we haven’t seen since we left. The "Down Islanders" are so much more open and nicer. Her a “good Morning or Good afternoon” might get a grunt or momentary eye contact. No warm smile or anything like it. Too bad as we also remember when that was not the case.

 We needed a part which I’d ordered and it came today, actually yesterday, FedEx. $85 for the FedEx charge….OK as I needed the part for the engine. So do I get the box….well no, you first have to clear it in Customs….OK what is the Customs charge?....Oh it’s no charge as you are a “yacht in transit” was the answer……so what do I need to do to get it I ask….well you can get a cab go to the airport and get the paperwork at the freight terminal and then take it to customs and then go back to the airport and clear it in and then get a taxi back to the harbour….how much is the cab I ask…about US$50 each way she says…..shit says I….is there another alternative…yes use a Customs Broker that’s $65…. I have the part and the shipping and the broker were more than the parts costs!!! Ah, but we are in 80 degree water and 90 degree air so I guess we have to pay the price, eh!!!

So that’s the story for the day….just hope the part fits as I’ll be very unhappy if it doesn’t.

Hope everyone is well.

Love to all,

 Dave

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DAVE'S COMMENTS
Hola again, so here we sit in Antigua after a big rain that they needed so much. Spring is coming to the Islands and even here leave start to come out on some of the trees. It all seems a bit weird but that’s nature.

What we are amazed at is the size and number of the mega-yachts that are parked at the docks. We have 12 over 100 feet and a couple at 350’. These are just private boats. One of them, Paraffin, left for Spain today. A 12 day crossing with a crew of 10 or 12. They have charters in the Med and have to go…as they say. Sure is a lot of big money out there in the world. One of them has a fully rigged 40’ sailboat on deck and you can hardly see it! She’s one of the 350’ ones!

Once we get down to the normal boats Swan Song looks pretty good sitting at anchor. She got a very good fresh water bath today….first one in months. Tons of water from the sky J

We have a weather change forecast for tonight so we’ll awaken when the 20-25 kts winds come thru. Always something to keep you on your toes ;-)

Had lunch with the nice couple today (Frank & Sal above from Fine Romance) that have the 42’ Beneteau at the old historic Admiral’s Inn in the Boatyard. They actually had decent food for a change. Many of these shorefront restaurants are more interested in the money than the quality.

We are also back in the land of “Attitude” that we haven’t seen since we left. The down Islanders are so much more open and nicer. Her a “good Morning or Good afternoon” might get a grunt or momentary eye contact. No warm smile or anything like it. Too bad.

 We needed a part which I’d ordered and it came today, actually yesterday, FedEx. $85 for the FedEx charge….OK as I needed the part for the engine. So do I get the box….well no you first have to clear it in Customs….OK what is the Customs charge?....Oh it’s no charge as you are a “yacht in transit” was the answer……so what do I need to do to get it I ask….well you can get a cab go to the airport and get the paperwork at the freight terminal and then take it to customs and then go back to the airport and clear it in and then get a taxi back to the harbour….how much is the cab I ask…about US$50 each way she says…..shit says I….is there another alternative…yes use a Customs Broker that’s $65…. I have the part and the shipping and the broker were more than the parts costs!!! Ah, but we are in 80 degree water and 90 degree air so I guess we have to pay the price, eh!!!

So that’s the story for the day….just hope the part fits as I’ll be very unhappy if it doesn’t.

Hope everyone is well
Love to all.
Dave

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