Date: Sunday 16 January 2021
Position: 12° 35.760’ N 61° 24.731 W
Location: Clifton, Union Island, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
Distance Sailed during the week: 15 NM
Distance Sailed total: 6321 NM
Weather: , 27°
Most popular on the menu: Fish and chips from freshly caught Red Snapper
Animals spotted: Sea turtles and tortoises, rays, pelicans, lizards and a lot of goats
Comment of the week: “It is so fun to sail, when we are doing it with our friends!”
Imagine the best way to start the spring semester: that is exactly what we have had this week. The kids have started school, without any complaints. They are now getting used to the routine of having the boat be their classroom, but the main reason they are adjusting so well is that all the other kids’ on every kids boat have also started school. So nothing fun is happening before lunchtime anyway. All the kids’ boats have the same rule, the VHF is turned off as long as school is in session. But the same second that they are finished with school, the radio is on at channel 69, and the day’s plan is getting formed. The best thing with the kids using the radio instead of using their mobile phones, is that everyone can hear everything, in that way, all the kids are included. Even Atle, picking up the radio and talking English, as if he had done that for years, it is so cool to see!
One leg, from Chatham Bay to Tobago Cays, the kids decided that they wanted to sail together. So two boats, unfortunately not ours, got a lot of extra crew. For some reason, they took over and did everything on the boat and really enjoyed sailing “It is so fun to sail – when we are doing it with our friends!”.
For a third time we anchored at Tobago Cays, now getting used to all the turtles swimming around the boat, the crystal clear water and Mr Quality asking us to buy baguettes or t-shirts -in other words just the normal life at anchor that we are now living. We were there for a party, celebrating two friends’ birthdays. And again, so much joy and happiness!
Next stop was Clifton, and we hadn’t even yet dropped the anchor before the boat boys were there, trying to sell things. This time we ended up buying a fish, a Red Snapper. The best thing with buying a fish that way, they can clean the fish for you, perfect! We ended up with a lot of fish, a perfect setup to invite our Canadian friends over for fish and chips, success!
But not only success in Clifton, somehow Jonas’ mobile phone got into the water, between the dingy dock and our boat…. But at least he has gotten the chance to foil with an electric foil board and try wing foil at the kite center in Clifton (more swimming than actual flight time).
It is not only the kids that have found a lot of new friends, also us, the adults, have found so many new friends from all over the world. We are truly blessed to have so many wonderful people around us all the time!
Next week – we have to extend our stay for Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, we will have been here for more than a month, time flies!
Written by Susanna Edholm, edited by Hanna Ericksson