Slow Cruise

Sailing Adventures of s/v Alpine Zephyr
"One must live the way one thinks, or end up thinking the way one lives" -- Paul Bourget


I have dreamed of sailing the seas since childhood. After years of family living, IT career and multitude of hobbies, I am following up on that dream. It is an open ended journey - no fixed plans and no end date - the time will tell.

My wife joins me on this adventure. As we sail, we learn not to rush, but rather to enjoy the life and beauty of the places we are in - staying as long as we like and moving on when new horizons catch our imagination.

This website is a casual photo chronicle of our journey - a more-or-less daily journal of pretty much what we have seen.
~~ Captain Alex

"Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn't do than by the ones you did.
So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover."
-- Mark Twain

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Cruising South Caribbean Islands

2016-12-22 ...

Northbound Cruising South Caribbean Islands

Grenadines Beach

Cruising Grenadines

Log#: 244      Date: 2016-12-22 ... 2017-01-10
LatLon: 12 35.692'N 061 24.659'W
LatLon: 12 36.185'N 061 26.943'W
LatLon: 13 00.298'N 061 14.445'W

As we going back the Caribbean Islands chain northbound, we revisit places we liked, skip ones we didn't, and look for places we missed on our southbound trip. Since many of them are repeat visits, there will be fewer details here.

We checked-in at Clifton Harbour on Union Island.
Visited a unique but expensive bar on the tiny island, called "Happy Island". The island was man-made by the owner, from corals and conch shells.

In Grenadines, we really liked the beach in Saline Bay, Mayreau. Back in June, in low season, the place was quiet, with calm seas and virtually no visitors.
This time, we are here in high season. There are quite few boats at anchor, and over the week of our stay here, we had only two days when there were no crowds brought by the cruiseships. Also, the north swell at the tome made it somewhat uncomfortable.
Nevertheless, we've managed to have quite decent Christmas Holidays there.

New Year we celebrated in Bequia. The fireworks were quite spectacular, rivaling some we've seen back home in Canada.

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Marigot Harbour St Lucia

St. Lucia

Log#: 245      Date: 2017-01-10 ... 2017-01-19
LatLon: 13 49.661'N 061 03.798'W
LatLon: 13 58.053'N 061 01.742'W
LatLon: 14 05.347'N 060 57.644'W
LatLon: 14 00.668'N 060 59.495'W

The St Lucia's Pitons is one of the magnificent sights in Caribbean. Being at anchor (mooring ball) between them gives a special feeling.

We stayed in 3 places this time in St. Lucia: the Pitons, Marigot Harbour and Rodney Bay. We also took a local bus trip to the capital city of Castries.

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Fort de France Martinique


Log#: 246      Date: 2017-01-19 ... 2017-02-14
LatLon: 14 25.458'N 060 50.531'W
LatLon: 14 32.503'N 061 04.170'W
LatLon: 14 35.835'N 061 01.241'W
LatLon: 14 36.806'N 061 06.102'W

We loved Martinique Island, again.

The French Caribbean islands are quite distinct from others, independent-country islands. They are part of France, and hence the EU. We found them cleaner, more civilized, with good services, stores stocked with European produce and reasonable prices.

Here, we have visited some touristy places, some urban, as well as some remote. In some we have been before (St-Pierre, Fort de France, Les Trois Ilets, Anse Mitan, Le Marin, Ste-Anne), and in some we were for the first time (Baie des Anglias on the south windward side, Anse a L'Ane, Cohe du Lamnetin, Schoelcher).

French come to this island for vacation from mainland France, creating a vibrant mix of locals and visitors. The atmosphere is lively; there are daily and nightly entertainment, and there always seem some parade or party going on. As a (amateur) drummer, I especially liked the drum marching bands a very strong beat.

Fort de France has become our favorite Caribbean city - it is as metropolitan as it can get in the region.

And what's not to like in Martinique? Baguettes, cheese, good French red wine, sunny weather, cloth-optional beaches...

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