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St.Lucia & the Grenadines - that was it!

20 Feb. 2012

While we are writing this travel report, we are sitting on board of a 47 foot Catamaran cruising through the Caribbean Sea towards Bequia, our entry port to the Grenadines. 

The past 4 windy days on St.Lucia were packed with so many different activities that it was hardly possible to squeeze out some free minutes to keep track on what we did. However, since pulled up the sails and left port on St.Lucia, time seemed to slow down a lot which finally is our chance to start writing.

 St. Lucia was just the perfect start to our event. The trade winds were blowing every single day, and we spent a lot of time on the water in order to shape up for the more challenging spots waiting for us along the trip. For the ones who don't know the Spot on St.Lucia - imagine the perfect Caribbean set up. Steady Trade winds blowing sideshore into a big bay with crystal clear water, white sandy beaches, Palmtrees, Coconuts, Rum and Rastas. 

The only thing "lacking" on St. Lucia are other Surfers! Although we had great sailing conditions we were almost alone on the water! It was great! Besides windsurfing and kiting we tried our best to get a glimpse of what else the island has to offer. 

We spend a very special evening at Balenbouche, an old sugar cane factory where we had dinner in the old farmhouse. The moment you drive through the gates of Balenbouche it's like entering a different world, in a different century. Some of us referred to it "as the most beautiful place they've ever been to". If you ever get the chance, make sure you spent a night there, it's gonna be one of these memories which we believe will stick out one day. 

Not quite as chilled as spending the night in Balenbouche was the morning we climbed the Grand Piton. 2000 feet high, rising steep up out of the deep blue ocean, the two Pitons are the landmark of St.Lucia. Even though the hike is quite exhausting, the view over the island you get from the top is definitely worth some sore muscles the next day - and well, sore they were...

 Looking back to the great time we had on St.Lucia it leaves us wondering while the place never really got popular among windsurfers and kiters. To us it's still one of the most beautiful places in the Caribbean and definitely worth a visit. 


Bequia is one of the entry ports to the Grenadines. We anchored just in front of the charming little village and although there is basically not more than one little street, a couple of shops and a few bars - Bequia will be one of the more developed towns along the trip. After clearing customs and immigrations, we headed further south towards our first kite and windsurf spot in the Grenadines - Canouan! 


Canouan In the past, the island supported just a few inhabitants who survived by fishing and working meagre small holdings. Today, most live in Charlestown, an imposing name for a small village tucked into the flank of the hill overlooking Charlestown bay. The spot we wanted to visit was Carenage Bay on the windward side of the island. After a bit of a tricky entry, we found ourselves anchored in a beautiful blue lagoon providing flat water conditions on the inside  and some rideable waves on the reef outside. During the one and a half days we spent kiting and windsurfing there, we've been all alone on the water, it was awesome!


Our next stop along the trip was the tiny little island of Mayreau. The French colonists who owned the island by the end of the 18th century tried to make the islands meagre resources profitable by using slaves and maltreating them. The result was a wave of successive revolts and their suppression. Once slavery had been abolished the old slave owners and their ex-slaves continued to live on their ocean pebble, the slaves still dependents of their old masters. We spent the night in maybe THE most stylish Rasta Bars of the Caribbean. Sitting on top of a little hill, enjoying cocktails and the best "conch" in the area, overlooking the anchorage, with it's white beaches in Roberts Bar. An absolute MUST on every journey in that area. The next morning we headed for our next stop - Union Island. 


Union Island The first European Settlers arrived on Union Island in 1763 together with 350 African Slaves. Twenty years later, following the Treaty of Versailles in 1783 Union Island like the other Grenadine Islands was placed under the control of England. In 1979 Union Island became like St.Vincent and the rest of the Grenadines a sovereign independent nation within the British Commonwealth. We've been planning to spend one day on Union before setting sails again. As it turned out, the Kite and windsurfing spots on the island where so exceptionally good, that we spend 3 days there and still had to force ourselves to actually leave to look for new spots. If you imagine the perfect Caribbean scenery, constant winds and water as flat as glass, you get a glimpse of what Union has to offer for Surfers. Besides us, there were another 3-4 guys on the water which for the Grenadines counts as a crowded spot... That "hidden" spot on Union Island, only accessible by boat, was definitely one of the great highlights on this trip. Even though we extended our stay on Union Island as long as possible, eventually the time came we had to set sail again. Our next stop was Carriacou. 


Carriacou belonging to Grenada is the largest and most populated island of the Grenadines. The almost 7000 inhabitants are mostly descended from the early African slaves. The old plantations of the island has turned into small holdings and pasture. In addition to this land based natural resources there is commercial fishing and merchant shipping. The latter activity is related to the tradition of smuggling from which the islanders to quite nicely, notably from the trade in alcohol. Their reputation may be a bit exaggerated but it's a notorious fact, that in Carriacou it's easier to find a rum dealer than a fuel dock. Since the Kiting and Windsurfing Spots are not that great on Carriacou, we just had a lovely evening in one of the local Restaurants in front of the anchorage, stocked up with fresh water and set sail again for the Tobago keys!


Tobago Keys If you haven´t seen this place with your own eyes, you wouldn´t believe that the pictures you look at are real. Tobago Keys is a group of little uninhabited islands, surrounded by shallow reefs and turquoise lagoons. In the water one can swim with Turtles and Rays and on shore iguanas will watch you rigging your gear. This place is best described by looking at the pictures of it, you will find lots of them in our gallery section. After a beautiful downwinder from Tobago Keys to Mayreau it was finally time to set sail northwards back to St.Lucia. 

Looking back to the two weeks we had, all the expectations, the long hours of planing it, the concerns regarding living on the limited space a boat has to offer we can only say that it couldn´t have been any better. It was so good, that we booked the Yacht already for next year. So if you missed your chance this time, - we will be back on St.Lucia and the Grenadines from the 14th to the 28th of February 2013.

 Thanks to all of you who joined us on this outstanding trip. We had a great time and can´t wait to see you all again!


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