Boats in Bequia

Boats in Bequia

When one boatbuilder meets another, there's bound to be some mutual interest. I've already written about the boatbuilders of Windward – a community in Carriacou, an island some twenty miles north of…

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Red rain from the east

Red rain from the east

Given that there lies nothing but the open wastes of the Atlantic Ocean, stretching some 3000 miles to Africa in the east, you would imagine that the 'trade' wind that finally makes it to the Caribbean arrives as fresh and unsullied as could possibly be imagined.…

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Blow by blow blog

Chele and I are back in the UK enjoying some sunshine. Shindig is ashore at Spice Island Marina, Grenada, doing much the same – or so we hope. Hovering in everyone's mind in the Caribbean at this time…

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Craftsmanship in Carriacou

Craftsmanship in Carriacou

Shindig is still in Tyrrell Bay, it’s raining and I’m bored. It’s been over 30 years since Chele and I were in the Carribean and we have forgotten the manic intensity rain brings to its task. There’s…

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Different strokes...

Different strokes...

Shindig is in Carriacou, an island some 16 miles north of Grenada and part of the three island state which also includes Petite Martinique. More specifically, Shindig is anchored in west-facing…

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Going with the flow

Going with the flow

It has occurred to me that there are two ways to plan your cruising. The first is to be destination driven, slavishly following a route like pilgrims plodding towards a shrine. The second is not to be…

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Bountiful Barbados

Bountiful Barbados

It would be nothing short of a social crime not to comment on the entrancing island of Barbados. Although tripped over by the Spanish in the late fifteenth Century and visited by the Portuguese half a century later, it was not untll 1627 that it was colonised by the English…

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Volcanoes in Lanzarote

Volcanoes in Lanzarote

Shindig spent the late summer and then the winter of 2014/2015 in Puerto Calero, an exceeding well run and comfortable marina on the Canary Island of Lanzarote. Chele and I of course, returned to the…

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Escaping the Med

Escaping the Med

It seems almost blasphemous to say so but in 2013 after nine years in the Mediterranean, we were eager to get out. Not that we hadn't enjoyed the experience. We had visited many wonderful places and…

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Taormina to Vulcana

Taormina to Vulcana

August 2012: An early start on a flat calm day saw us leave Taormina, heading north to clear the Messina Strait by lunchtime. The strait is an exceptionally busy waterway, with large ships, a vast…

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