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Union Island

The forecast was calling for the wind to blow hard the next couple of days, so we needed to find a protected anchorage on the Leeside of an island, so after we left Petit Tabac we headed for Union Island. We read that Ashton, Union Island was good for provisioning so Saltair 3 and Sail Pending headed to the anchorage behind Frigate Island, which is also a easy dingy ride into Ashton.

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From Chris Doyle’s guide to the Windward Islands.
We had a nice dinner on board and Cole and Tyler watched a movie.

When we arrive the anchorage was nice and calm but as the night went on it got rollier and roller…. The next morning we made a run into Ashton to pick up some supply’s. Ashton was a very cute town and everyone was really friendly. Here are some pictures from our walk around.

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Graduation was taking place at the church.

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This guy on the bike gave us a tour around town 
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Goats were everywhere
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The Dingy dock

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The left door was the hardware store / The right door was the grocery store.

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Conch shells were everywhere!!
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Our tour guide brought us back to the dingy and waited for his tip. 😉
We found a local fisherman who was going free diving for Conch and he asked us if we wanted to go with him. Krista from “Saltair 3” and I decided to stay on the boat while the boat went out with him and his friend to catch conch…..

I just saw Rich and Tyler get into a small boat with two strangers smoking Ganga…. I hope they come back alive!!!

After searching several stores and having the guys get us conch, this is what I ended up finding for our pot luck dinner!!!

7 Pounds of Conch, 2 cans of Evaporated milk, 2 packets of coconut powder, I can’t believe it is not Butter, and a package of wheat crackers…. Plan is to make Coconut Curry Conch over rice and a Key Lime pie, using the Crackers as the crust. IMG_4737

When the guys got back we motored around the corner to Chatham Bay, where it will be calmer to ride out the winds. “Escape Claws” was already there and told us the bay was really calm. The bay was super calm and NOT windy at all so we decided to raft up with “Saltair 3”, and create the ultimate party boat!! “Escape Claws” decided to stay far away from the kid’s boats. Which was probably smart.

Tyler and Cole had a great time playing and setting up a boat swing between our masts.

Then our friends on “Sandy Feet” come around the corner.

Whats better than a 2 boat raft up? A 3 boat raft up, right?

What could possibly go wrong?

We all had a really fun night. Sail Pending hosted a Pot Luck dinner and a mean game of adult Domino’s and the kids watched a movie on “Sandy Feet”. Here is all the food from the pot luck. We all ate really good this night. IMG_4753

The next day Cole went up the mast to take some pictures.

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Cole

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The Sail Pending Crew

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The Sandy Feet Crew

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Well….what went wrong with our 3 boat raft up was the 3 boats all swung around and did 2 complete 360 degree circles overnight and our anchor chains were all tied together in a big knot. Also, Sailair’s anchor was not longer holding in the sand, it somehow got wrapped around Sandy Feet’s bridle!!! Andy from “Sandy Feet” went in the water to negotiated the knot and told us which way to circle the boats to get the knot untied. Hopefully, you’ll see more about this procedure in an upcoming Trio Travel’s vlog.

There was a really cool looking resort/bar area at the South side of the bay that we checked out. Unfortunately, it was a closed resort. Here are a few pictures.

A little later on “So What” arrived and we all had a nice dinner at a restaurant on the beach. Here’s the entire crew getting ready for dinner. Whoever says that the cruising life is a lonely lifestyle is WRONG!!! There are soon many interesting families out here doing the same thing.

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Tyler, Richard, Kristie, Barbara, Kevin, Bushman, Brad, Cole, Krista, Oliver, Andy, Natalie, Laura, Lexi, Nika, Jen, and Greg, 

Tobago Cays

WOW!

This blog will also be mostly pictures because, as you will see, the beauty of the Tobago Cays is indescribable.

The turquoise blue water was crystal clear. We got our anchor set and just sat on the bow and watched 5-6 sea turtles leisurely swimming around the boat.

 

The first day we were there we took it easy, caught up on school work and just took quick snorkels around the boat. The next morning Rich and Tyler went snorkeling and then in the afternoon we went to check out the beach.

Petit Tabac is the small island in the distance

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Once again there were lots of kids.

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We spent 4-5 nights anchored here and then went over to Petit Tabac for the day. I still have to pinch myself when we pull our home up to a uninhabited island paradise!! I keep thinking my life is only a dream that I am going to wake up from and be back in the real world. IMG_4679

Petit Tabac is the island that was used in Pirates of the Caribbean scene where all the rum was burned.

People who visited this island before us built coral and stone sculptures

and we added to them.

Then we took a walk on the beach with the crew from Saltair 3.IMG_4713IMG_4710.jpg

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Sail Pending and Saltair 3 anchored in paradise

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The crews from Sandy Feet and So What dingied across from the anchorage we spent the last night and the kids built a shelter out of palms.

Here are some more pictures of this beautiful island.

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Next stop…. The anchorage being Frigate Island, near the town of Ashton, Union Island.

Mayreau, SVG

We were impressed with Salt Whistle Bay, Mayreau as soon as we dropped out anchor. This bay was definitely the most beautiful bay we have anchored since our voyage started. There was a kite boarding company taking photos of their kiters here.

 

After we got settled we took our dingy to the beach and had a cold celebratory crossing beer with Kevin and Barbara (s/v Escape Claws) and Kerstin and Jerry (s/v Saphire)IMG_4510

The beautiful beach was lined with Palm Trees and Beach Bars! Yes, We HAVE found paradise!!

 

We had so much fun at Black Boys and Debbie’s Beach Bar we made dinner reservations and returned after sunset for an amazing dinner. Here are a couple pictures from the amazing sunset that night. The sky was bright orange and then turned pink and purple before turning dark.

Our dinner of fresh conch and red snapper was cooked with love over an open grill. It was an amazing dinner and one of our favorite dinners and settings so far!!IMG_4520

The next day we woke up early and took a walk on the beach, as we always do.

We practically had the entire Bay to ourselves. It was nice to be able to walk on the protected Leeward side and then cross over a small sand bank and walk along the windy Windward side, as well. After our walk on the beach we decided it would be a good day to complete a boat job, so we brought the dingy to the beach and flip it over to clean the bottom. Boat jobs aren’t too bad when you’re in paradise with a beer in your hand, right?

All of the kid boats from Beaquia started showing up at Salt Whistle Bay too. Here come all the kids to the beach!!

A couple boat dads decided to make a zip line from a palm tree into the water. The kids had a blast!!!

Here is a video of Tyler doing the zip line.  

It was another beautiful sunset. We enjoyed sundowners on the beach and called it an early night.

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The next day was Cole’s (from Saltair 3) Birthday!!! All the kids got together and Cole’s parents planned a fun party with games and food. The first game was a coconut race. (pictured below)

The next game was a kayak and SUP board race to a treasure map which was attached to Sailor 3’s anchor chain and then a scavenger hunt to a buried treasure!!

Next, Cole opened his presents and received hand made cards, gifts, and souvenirs from the other kids journey’s.But his favorite seemed to be the roll of duct tape!! IMG_4585

Now, it was time to eat. Everyone got to enjoy cinnamon rolls and birthday cake.

This birthday party was just like any other children’s birthday party at home, but the only difference was it was on a beach. Also, there was no garbage from plastic decorations, wrapping paper or single serve containers. All the decorations that were used will be reused again and the presents were wrapped in reusable bags, non colored paper or from things in nature, like palm leaves. (Notice the Christmas Tree gift bag) All the food was home, well “boat” made and brought in containers that needed to be taken back to the boat and washed.

 

The day ended with a cruiser pot luck dinner on the beach. After dinner we fed the left overs to the very friendly stray dogs that have become our pets over the past few days.

The next morning we were up early again for a relaxing walk on the beach. Now the dogs follow us everywhere.

It was very hard to Leave Salt Whistle Bay, but we wanted to check out Saline Bay around the corner. It was also a beautiful palm tree lined beach, but it did not have any services that were open on shore. So, we stayed one night and moved on to the Tobago Cays the next day.

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