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Curaçao

The island is part of the Netherlands Antilles and one of the three ABC islands with Bonaire to the east and Aruba to the west. Together with the buddy boat Kwilena from Viking Explorer, it took us three days to sail to Curaçao from Grenada. We were able to use our downwind sail the entire distance but, as on the Atlantic crossing, we had problems with chafing on the halyard. As we approache ...

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Family visit in Grenada

Today is Midsummer Eve and Christer and I (Malin) are sitting in the boat, chatting and sipping a really good gin. A gift from our sons who visited us. These well-mannered gentlemen! 😉 We had a wonderful time with our visitors and we miss them already. Together we went to a guided tour of Grenada, saw scenic places, watched how ...

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Heading to the Grenadines and Grenada again

We left Martinique and made a night sail to St. Vincent and the Grenadines which we visited on our way north. On the way south we once again passed the island of St Lucia. This time we chose to go on the east side of the island to get steadier Atlantic wind and waves. We anchored at the small island of Bequeia where we cleared in in and stayed a few nights at the beautiful Princess Margaret Beach. ...

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Martinique

Sailing from Dominica to Martinique was fast. The winds blew in our favor so we could even take us further south on the island than we originally planned. At Anse d’Arlet, we hoisted the Q flag, anchored and cleared in to the country. Martinique belongs to France and is part of the EU. Every island is a new country, so there is a lot of hoisting and hauling of courtesy flags + the yellow Q ...

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Dominica

From Saint Martin we had a good 24-hour sail south towards Dominica. The wind came almost directly from the east, but around the islands it became incredibly erratic, as did the waves. We had to change sails and often sheet in or out 😊. We passed west of the islands of St. Kitts and Nevis and Montserrat. As we sailed past Montserrat, we could clearly see the traces of the lava flows from the va ...

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Saint Martin/Sint Maarten

Saint Martin is a small island that is divided between a French part, Saint-Martin, and a Dutch part, Sint Maarten. The French half is part of the EU while the Dutch is not. We dropped anchor at Marigot Bay on the French side and had a very easy clearance at the local ship chandler where the paperwork could be done free of charge. We stayed there for about a week and felt the atmosphere as relativ ...

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St. Barths (Saint-Barthélemy)

We had a nice northwesterly sail from Barbuda to St. Martin where we anchored at Marigot Bay. On the way there, we had spent the night in the northern part of St. Barth but decided not to clear in at the island but to visit it later. No sooner said than done! From Marigot we chose to take the fast ferry to St. Barts. After a very bumpy trip of 17 nautical miles, we disembarked at the capital Gusta ...

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Antigua and Barbuda

Leaving Pointe-à-Pitre, we anchored one last time at the northeastern tip of Guadeloupe at Deshaies. We took the dinghy ashore and I (Malin) locked the dinghy at the jetty (I thought...). We cleared out of the island and decided to have a beer at a nice little pub before heading back to Anastacia as it had started to rain and get windy. When we were about to head back, we ...

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Guest post: Grenada and the surrounding areas, the most beautiful places I've seen!

Grenada and the surrounding areas, the most beautiful places I've seen! Like a photo wallpaper that a friend had on the wall when I was a teenager. A favor to experience this. Then we have the wishes that came true. I asked Malin: Do you think there is a chance to see dolphins? Malin replies: There's a gang coming behind you! Oh my God! As ordered! It was as easy as ordering a rum punch 😊. Even ...

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Guadeloupe

The Guadeloupe Islands form an archipelago that comprises five main islands—Basse-Terre, Grande-Terre, Marie-Galante, La Désirade, and Les Saintes. Like Martinique this is French Overseas Territory and part of EU (outermost regions) and thus right-hand traffic, Euros as currency and no extra roaming charges for us Swedes! The two largest islands, Basse-Terre and Grande Terre, nicknamed the “B ...

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