Date: Sunday 13 March 2022
Position: 17° 6.287’ N 61° 54.201’ W
Location: Pinching Bay, Antigua
Distance Sailed during the week: 37 NM
Distance Sailed total: 6871 NM
Weather: , 28°
Most popular on the menu: sushi or Rastafari fried chicken
Animals spotted: turtles, snakes, lizards
Comment of the week: “We just try one box!”
A windy week! A lot of ARC kids boats gathered in Green Island for the Antigua Cup, with the hope of being able to sail the last race in the ARC 2022 kids boats cup. Just to get there, we had to zig-zag between reefs, which was a little bit scary in the big breaking waves. Unfortunately the wind was too heavy for completing the race in a safe way, so the Antigua Cup was canceled. But all the families had a lovely day at the beach together instead!
In Stockholm, sailing in the archipelago, we always try to find a sheltered place to anchor. Often the places we settle for are really calm – no wind, no weaves. Here in the Caribbean, we often anchor just behind a reef, with the whole Atlantic on the other side. Often it’s totally fine and has a stunning view. But sometimes, like the days we spent in Green Island, the reef and the small islands don’t provide much protection from the elements.
We have said it before, but the local fruit and vegetables here are fantastic. We are eating as much as we can – for example avocados! Buying them in Sweden is always a lottery, often you end up throwing half of them away because they are bad. Here they are big, almost always good and really cheap. So avocado salad is one of our favorite staples!
Another memorable dinner this week was having sushi in the dingy. We were supposed to eat on board, “at home” on the boat when the pizza and sushi gang had collected the take away food from each restaurang. But the sushi gang was so much faster, so they decided to try just one box, and it was delicious! So eventually all the boxes were empty before the pizza crew came to the dingy. Instead of pizza they had chicken from the local rastafari restaurant since all pizza places were closed.
No week without a birthday celebration, this week was no exception.
A wonderful celebration of two girls on the beach together with friends. The kids had a treasure hunt, the treasure was all the ingredients to make slime. Also, just near the beach, there was a mud hole, where the kids played. All the parents collectively decided that after the slime and the mud hole, no kids were allowed on the dinghies – all had to swim back to the boats…
Next week – if the weather permits and if other kids boats will head in that direction (!), we will set sail back to lovely Barbuda again!
Written by Susanna Edholm, edited by Hanna Ericksson