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  • St. Lucia

    We dropped anchor in the deep water of Soufrière Bay at 7:05 a.m. on a sunny morning with a light breeze. This island paradise is approximately 200 square miles with a small population of 175 thousand. It is the birthplace of two Nobel Laureates: Arthur Lewis for economics, and Derek Walcott for literature. Both men went to the same schools and were born on the same day! Soufrière Bay is just to the north and east of the Petit and Gros Piton. The physical setting is very dramatic as the city of Soufrière is situated at the west end of an ancient caldera formed some 39 thousand years ago.

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  • Carriacou

    The sun rose off Mount Pleasant in Bequia at 6:10 a.m. and we weighed anchor for our next port, Carriacou, by 7 a.m. We had a great wind and were making eight knots at 11 a.m. Tom Heffernan gave an introductory talk on the Creole languages of the Caribbean, so we were prepared to listen and delight in learning more about the local speech.

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  • Bequia

    We furled sails at 8:45 a.m. and had good speed at seven knots over the ground. I spied St. Vincent in the Grenadines at 11 a.m. Bequia is the largest of these Grenadines but is only about seven square miles. It was settled first by the Taino and then the Carib Indians. The demographics of Bequia today—a substantial Euro-American population living with several local and migrant communities—are unlike many of the other islands we have visited. The first European settlers were French, but Scots were brought over quite early as indentured servants in considerable numbers in the early 18th century. They remained here and appear to be the dominant ethnic group today. There are not many surnames, David, King and Olivier being the most common.

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  • Îles des Saintes

    We sailed from Cabritz point in Dominica to the Îles des Saintes and anchored at about 7:15 a.m. in the picturesque harbor of Terre de Haut in the Îles des Saintes, or “Isles of The Saints,” named by Columbus on his second voyage in November 1493.

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  • Dominica

    We motored into Prince Rupert Bay in the island of Dominica at 6:50 a.m. shortly after sunrise and docked at 7:18 a.m. The day was unseasonably warm at 29°C.

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  • At Sail to Dominica

    Happy Leap Day! The brilliant yellow Caribbean sun rose at 6:25 a.m., and we motored out of our docking in Bridgetown, Barbados, at about 9:30 a.m. and began our journey west towards St. Lucia and Dominica. Before we sail away from the beautiful island of Barbados, here is a brief sketch of its history: the original name given by the Arawak (the native inhabitants who arrived here from South America ca. 800 C.E.) for the island of Barbados is Ichirougaiam, which means the “island with the white teeth,” a reference to the coral reefs surrounding the island and the difficulty of getting a canoe through the reefs. The current name comes from the Portuguese word barbados for “bearded ones” and likely stems from the name the navigators gave to the dangling roots of the fig tree. Though the Portuguese sailed here in 1536, the island is essentially English, owing to the English immigrants who arrived here in 1625 and stayed.

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  • St. Lucia

    We sailed today from Carriacou to the lushly beautiful island of St. Lucia. There is a startling contrast between the aridity of Carriacou and the profusion of all shades of green in St. Lucia, where the high mountains trap moisture in the clouds. (And it did rain for a few minutes this morning. 

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  • Sailing to Carriacou and Paradise Bay

    This morning the sun rose over the blue-green Caribbean at 6:35 a.m. The sailors went to sail stations and by 9:30 a.m., we were under sail, including the massive spanker jib, and making five knots. Mounting the spanker sail is a complex task and there were about a dozen sailors working to make it happen.

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  • Bequia

    Much of what you see in the Caribbean can be linked back to the wind: the history of slavery and colonial trade networks, the tropical ecology of rain blown in from the open ocean to the east, and the culture of sailing and island hopping. And this morning, we had our best experience yet with these powerful winds. The crew of Sea Cloud awoke early to unfurl the sails and catch a strong 15-knot wind that propelled us (in our fastest sail of the trip) towards our afternoon destination of Bequia, a small island within the nation of St. Vincent and the Grenadines.

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  • Îles des Saintes

    We began our sail to Îles des Saintes early, catching the sunrise over the small island of Terre de Haut in the seven-island Ïles des Saintes Archipelago. We arrived in the picturesque harbor of the main city in Terre de Haut: Bourg, meaning city. Inventive!

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