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  • Soufriere, St. Lucia

    Today was our last day and we visited Soufriere, St. Lucia.

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  • Bequia, St. Vincent & the Grenadines

    Captain Nemerzhitskiy had told us that we would start our morning with a couple of hours pitching east into the trade winds to position ourselves for a strong morning of sailing through the Grenadines. And a strong morning it was, as the sailors went aloft at 8 a.m. in 25-knot winds from directly abeam to set the sails. With the wind so strong, we set the lower and upper topsails and the topgallants above those, but by that time we were already heeling too much to set the higher royals. And wow, what a sail!

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  • Carriacou, Grenada

    This morning the sun rose over the blue-green Caribbean at 6:20 a.m. The sailors went to sail stations and by 9:30, we were under sail, making 8 knots. Mounting the spanker sail is a complex task and there were about a dozen sailors working to make it happen. The boson was calling out the commands and the crew hauled the heavy boom and sail in a strong wind. At 9:45, Tom Heffernan gave a talk on the Creole languages of the Caribbean, singling out the musical and expressive English Creoles. We sailed ever southward on our journey to the Grenadines. At Carriacou, we will be at 12°.35 north latitude and longitude 61°.34, just a tad more than 700 miles from the equator. At 11:45 guests were invited onto the fo'c'sle for a photo shoot.

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  • Iles des Saintes, France

    Today we visited one of my favorite places on our itinerary: Iles de Saintes, which is part of an archipelago belonging to France’s Département d’Outre-Mer. The French maritime jurisdiction of Guadalupe is comprised of seven larger volcanic islands but just two of them have permanent residents.

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  • Portsmouth, Dominica

    An early anchorage in Dominica’s “second town” of Portsmouth provided ample time to discover why the island is referred to as the Caribbean’s Nature Island. The local culture there has developed around the bountiful fruit, vegetables, and flowers that grow along the dramatic coastlines.

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  • Sailing to the Windward Islands

    We had an easy sail from our berth in Barbados. When the sun rose at 6:19 a.m., we were at 13°.35 latitude, and longitude of 60°.21. The wind was from the starboard beam at 19 knots.  Sailors went to their sail stations at 9 a.m. and began the work of unfurling sails. Expedition Leader Tom O’Brien gave an informative introduction to the complex world of square rig sailing and finished it with all of us assembled on the fo’c’sle. There, we looked back at this majestic vessel in billowing full sail, traveling at a speed of 7.5 knots.

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  • Soufriere, St. Lucia

    St. Lucia is approximately 200 square miles and despite its small area and population, it has produced two Nobel Laureates—one in economics, Dr. Lewis, and one in literature, Derek Walcott. The islanders are proud of their achievements, and literacy and education are highly valued. We anchored in Soufriere Bay (at places it has a depth of 4,900 feet) just to the north and east of the Petit and Gros Pitons. The setting is very dramatic, as the town of Soufriere is actually situated at the west end of an ancient caldera created by a volcano that blew the western ridge of the mountain chain away about 39,000 years ago.

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  • Bequia

    A theme of our Caribbean exploration has been the diversity and uniqueness of each of its islands—their history, language, culture, and biology. Today, as we anchored in Bequia’s Admiralty Bay, we prepared to encounter yet another distinct landscape. Bequia (pronounced Be-quee) is part of the independent nation of St. Vincent and the Grenadines and has a culture rooted in boat-making, whaling, and fishing. We arrived onshore early to discover the island’s colorful streets and people. Historian Tom Heffernan led a walk to a local model boat museum while some guests joined photo instructors Celso Montalvo and Alex Krowiak for a guided photo walk along the scenic Belmont Walk. Later, everyone joined together Princess Margaret beach for swimming and tropical cocktails before once again boarding Sea Cloud for an afternoon sail toward St. Lucia.

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  • Chatham Bay, Union Island

    Today we woke up navigating toward our next destination, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, where we’ll disembark or beach activities such as snorkeling, swimming, walking, and relaxing.

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  • Îles des Saintes

    Early in the morning we found ourselves anchoring at Iles de Saintes’s harbor. The island is part of an archipelago belonging to France’s Départment d’Outré-mer. The French maritime jurisdiction of Guadalupe comprises seven larger volcanic islands; only two of them have permanent residents. We have selected the best one for our journey of discovery because of its variety and beauty.

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