Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Green Island, Antigua

Kite surfers at Green Island
Sim and I have been keen to get over to Green Island on the east coast of Antigua since we got here. In fact it is the reason we came to Antigua in the first place instead of hot footing it all the way to St Maarten. But what with the gusty winds, big seas and Christmas shenanigans it has taken a while to get our selves into gear and find a weather window under 20kts.  Sure we could have gone with more wind but Sim and I agreed along time ago that we were not going to beat ourselves or the boat up trying to get somewhere in uncomfortable conditions if we didn’t have to. Boxing day the wind eased enough for us to motor around there with our mighty 85HP engine making easy work of it despite the lumpy ride.
Green Island anchorage
Green Island and the waters around it are protected by a large reef making it the perfect sport for sailors, snorkelers and other water enthusiasts, namely kite surfers.  Although the island is private all beaches in Antigua are public.  These beaches are beautiful; white sand so soft your feet sink in. Small rock pools to poke around in and seas so blue it’s like looking into the eyes of mother nature.
Green Island on the east coast of Antigua
There are a couple of anchorages to choose from.  A favourite is Ricketts Harbour which is a little more secluded, headed by a small beach and rocks to snorkel on down each side. Ten Pound Bay is also very idyllic, but is a tight spot for just one boat so we tend to visit by dinghy.  Though frequented daily by the day charter cats these are usually gone by the afternoon. But if you like to people watch, the north side of the island is where it is all happening with mega yachts and lots of kite surfers adding splashes of colour to all the beautiful blues.
Palm trees and beach at Ten Pound Bay
Sim and I have had a very relaxed time kayaking, swimming, snorkeling and walking on our own deserted stretch of beach.  Underwater a lot of the coral is pretty dead and covered in weed but there are still plenty of fish about and things to look at. The kite surfers are just totally awesome and these windy days have been just ideal for them. Sim wishes he was 20 years younger!
Brisk windy days for the kite surfers
It was the perfect place to spend my 37th birthday, chilling with Sim in one of our favourite anchorages, eating cupcakes, swimming, snorkeling and doing all the fun things that cruising is supposed to be about.


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