After finishing up some final touches on the Natural Mystic, we needed to get into clean water to make sure our water maker is running properly. After a month of being med-moored on the mellow, wind-blocked part of Port De Plaissance, we are finally free from the clutches of dockage. Yesterday the four of us cut the lines and made a straight shot for the 11;30 bridge opening.
Without any delay we dropped the hook and jumped overboard. It great to be able to dive from the boat into clean blue water again. We also had a ton of hull cleaning to do, so it wasn’t all swinging and flipping off the boat, swim-time recess. Any amount of time spent in that skanky harbor will render any vessel a living ecosystem below the waterline.
Once we were done with removing the barnacles and algae, it was time for a little winch maintenance. The views from our anchorage are superb so it was a bit distracting but nonetheless, enjoyable work conditions. The diversity of this place amazes me, from the massive trees in the rainforest, to the white sandy beaches. You find people from all walks of life. Locals and tourists from everywhere will mesh together during the next few weeks for the extravagant Carnival festivities. Yachties all around are shoving off for the Antigua Classic regatta. Whether your on a cruise ship or sailing solo, the sense of adventure abounds for those who come here. It thrives in the mountains, on the streets, on the beaches and at night in the clubs. No matter where you’re from, what your doing, or where you’re going, we’re all linked by that sense that keeps us searching for that next great spot on the map.
So now we have decided our next destination and are plotting our course to the active volcanic island of Montserrat southeast of us. We need to do a test sail with the new crew and ideally we wanted to hoist one of our spinnakers but that can wait. We need some time alone in mother natures path of destruction, after witnessing so much human self destruction.
So with a new moon, our new crew plans to explore a new destination. PKiddy seems to be missing his cherished stomping grounds around the casino but he’ll soon be exploring some of earth’s newly formed volcanic rock.