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Old 17-12-2014, 14:07   #1
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Christmas in the Cribbean

Hi,

Just made it over to St Lucia with the ARC. What a ride!
Was just wondering if anyone has any tips on what to do and where to spend Xmas / NYE?

We're only going to get the chance to do this once so if anyone has any tips, or there's a big get together happening somewhere please let me know!

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Old 17-12-2014, 15:25   #2
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Since you are already in St. Lucia, if you are ready to sleep on land and enjoy long showers and solid ground under your feet, spend a night or two at Ladera Resort up on the mountain across from the Pitons. The Pitons are breathtaking in the morning when the sun hits the tops of them and begins to crawl down to the sea. The rooms and villas at Ladera have walls on 3 sides and are completely open on the side facing the Pitons. You can watch the sun on the Pitons without having to get out of bed. Their restaurant, Dasheen, is top rated. Bring your credit card--it ain't cheap, but I don't think you will regret it.

The party spot for New Year's Eve is usually Foxy's at Great Harbor on Jost Van Dyke in the British Virgin Islands. They say that 10,000 people were there for Y2K New Year's Eve party. There won't be that many this time, but it is a landmark place in the Caribbean. The BVI's are about 400 miles from the Pitons, but you've got wind on the beam all the way there. 400 miles is nothing after crossing the Atlantic.
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One of my very best Christmas,s was Freemans Bay (English Harbor Antigua) building a driftwood fire under an old steel plate to cook hamburgers, while a bunch of us cruisers played with a soccer ball and drank Red Stripe beer, laughed and played music too loud. It was wonderful. Christmas is what you make of it. Have a joyful Christmas wherever you find yourself. _____Grant.
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Re: Christmas in the Cribbean

Simon,

Great to hear you made it ok. Hope your electrical problems didn't cause grief on the passage.
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Re: Christmas in the Cribbean

Thanks for the idea.

We got the electrical problems sorted thank goodness. So charging from the engine is fine.

However I still have an issue with shore power charging, I think our charger is either broken or set to the wrong battery type. I found our starter battery red hot and sizzling the other day, that can't be good. Just sounds like it's getting overcharged.
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It could be the charger. It could also be a bad cell in the battery. This can be a serious problem as the gasses released from overheated batteries are sometimes explosive. Please take care and ventilate the area before trying to remove the cables from the battery. A tiny spark can be very dangerous otherwise.
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Yeah I think I'm going to get an electrician over (again) to try and fix the issue.
Really Pi$$ing me off now. I could smell sulphur (?) at one point.
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Congratulations on making the crossing.
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Re: Christmas in the Cribbean

You do get around Simon. Congrats on the crossing. At some point, please let us know how that went, and after a bit, you thoughts re Med vs Caribbean.
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You do get around Simon. Congrats on the crossing. At some point, please let us know how that went, and after a bit, you thoughts re Med vs Caribbean.
Interested about Simon's views on that too. I am enjoying the Med far more than expected and Even after seven years I'm just very loathe to leave.
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Re: Christmas in the Cribbean

Foxy's can be really trying. Another great spot in the BVI is Trellis Bay. You do have to get there - and not late - to get a mooring.

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Great Harbor on JVD (Foxy's) and Trellis Bay on Tortola/Beef Island can both be very crowded and claustrophobic if you are more accustomed to quiet anchorages. In BVI North Sound on Virgin Gorda is a very good combination of plenty of room to anchor or take a mooring ball in protected water and has several good choices of restaurants and activities including the Bitter End Yacht Club, the Costa Smerelda Yacht Club (very posh), Biras Creek (also very high end) and Pusser's at Leverick Bay. For a real treat, take a taxi from Leverick Bay or Gun Bay up to a relatively new restaurant called Hog Heaven. The barbecue is wonderful and the view is breathtaking. From their deck you can see all the way to Sir Richard Branson's Necker Island and Larry Page's Eustatia Island. Even Anegada is visible in the far distance.
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I second Virgin Gorda as a good base if there is room. It'll probably be crowded. You might call the Bitter End Yacht Club and enquire about mooring space. +1 284-494-2746

The only minor down side is that it is often against the wind heading back to Tortola or JVD. But usually wind is light.

Sidney's Peace and Love on Little Harbor YVD is a landmark.
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Re: Christmas in the Cribbean

I would recommend Bequia for New Years! Beautiful spot and lots of fun.


If you still need help with the charging issues when you make it to Grenada, let me know - there are some great electricians here. Chris@LTDsailing.com.


Merry Christmas!
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The party spot for New Year's Eve is usually Foxy's at Great Harbor on Jost Van Dyke in the British Virgin Islands. They say that 10,000 people were there for Y2K New Year's Eve party. There won't be that many this time, but it is a landmark place in the Caribbean. The BVI's are about 400 miles from the Pitons, but you've got wind on the beam all the way there. 400 miles is nothing after crossing the Atlantic.
Foxy's is great if you really like terrible service and almost uneatable food. And that is when it is not crowded. Other that that, it's OK. It is unimaginable what it would be like with lots of people there.
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