|Mondango leaving Antigua. A mere 170 feet.|
The white sands of Rendezvous Bay glistened in the sunshine and Montserrat and Redonda were clearly visible on the horizon; it was a good day for heading through the Goat's Head Passage, a narrow channel between the shore and a reef off the island's south west coast, instead of taking the detour in deeper water around Cades Reef.
|Shallow water sailing|
|Gliding towards Jolly Harbour|
|Under our excellent awning - made to our specification by Island Canvas, IoW.|
The long dinghy ride back to Limbo was starlit, but the atmosphere was rather spoilt by another sighting of our large resident cockroach. I caught him (or her) crawling over a sandal in the cabin and managed to flick it overboard. We hoped this wasn't one of many (we never saw another, fortunately - once acquired, they are hard to get rid of!).
We continued up the coast in the morning, with our shortest ever trip, to Hermitage Bay - just over half a mile round the point, but even less than that as the crow (or pelican) flies. The trip had its interest though, as we passed through the Five Islands channel, using an island off the headland as a transit and passing close to a prominent rock (seen in the third photo above). It was a quiet anchorage with just a couple of other boats (including Jambalaya, a lovely Caribbean-built charter schooner), and right off an upmarket beach hotel. The advantage of this was unsecured wifi; I picked up an email from a broker explaining that they weren't interested in selling boats worth less than US 40,000 or so. It was not encouraging.