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St Kitts

St Kitts
8/17/2012

Another long sail to St Kitts. About 15 hours in 15 – 18 kt winds.
Anchored off a beach the first night then the next morning made our way into Basseterre looking for a good anchorage, as it was really rolly the first night.
These islands down here are quite dramatic. All volcanic.
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It was only about 10 miles and we were in the islands lee so decided to pull a lure and hooked up with 4 nice mahi. It's been a while since we caught any fish so this was a real treat.
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Looked like it would be too rough in the harbor so took a spot in the marina. The only marina here. But to our pleasant surprise, it's only $33 a night to dock here and that include electric. And only $12 to clear in. We thought we'd stay here a while.

Saturday we hiked around town, stopped for lunch and picked up the local tourist info.
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Sunday we hired a taxi tour to take us around the island.
This place is loaded with sugar mill ruins. They are everywhere.
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At one these 2 young boys were there as guides explaining the sugar mill process and the local plants.
We tipped them a couple of dollars.
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Then there are the old plantations and gardens.
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Next stop was Fort Brimstone. Took the British 104 years to complete it with slave labor.
Took the French 1 month to take it away from them. But they gave it back a year later.
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Looking south to Nevis
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Resort area.
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We've been watching the weather closely, cause there's a hurricane coming at us. It will be here on Wednesday. We have to decide what to do about it tomorrow morning. We have a couple of options. There is a new marina under construction here, that may be a safe haven. There is also a boat yard that will haul your boat, dig a hole and bury the keel in the sand. Interesting concept. We will explore both options.
Or we get out of here. But we won't know which way to go, north or south, till the forecasts come in. We may have to go back to St Martin or we may rush down to Guadeloupe. Both good hurricane holes.

We'll let you know what happens.

Posted by Heart of Gold 20:03

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