Island Time




Our retirement on Island Time as liveaboards.


Island Time Gets Audited in the Grenadines

The Island Time website  audit committee (Nile & Linda Schneider – Manana) decided that it
was time again to schedule an onsite audit. So on Feb 13th the self-appointed audit committee,
flew to the Island of St. Vincent in the Grenadines via Barbados.  Three countries in one day,
between TSA and various Customs Dept’s  we were well scanned and searched. 

Starting in Burlington we got the full TSA shakedown, bags pulled aside and fully rifled through.  The TSA inspector first asked if there where any sharp objects in my bag, before he plunged his hands in.  I said, Yes, at which point he paused for details.  After a few seconds of silence I said, “Yeh, 4 lbs of Vermont Cabot’s cheddar, very sharp!”.  He was not amused.

Jet Blue left on time for JFK and then to our connecting flight to Barbados. While waiting to board in JFK, I was able to call Genie on their boat sitting in Admiralty Harbor in Bequia, via Skype, on Linda’s iTouch. 


By the time we reach Kingstown, St Vincent, the sun had set.  Our small Liat flight of maybe 40 passengers took over and 1-1/2 hours to clear Customs.  Ah, we are on island time!  Guess who managed to be the last two people through.  The owner of the guesthouse we were staying at was there to pick us up, unfortunately he arrived when our plane landed.  The next morning he took us to the ferry for Bequia 10 miles south.


View of Bequia from the “Dining room” of the Richview Guesthouse where we stayed
overnight on St. Vincent.



Young German fellow who flew down from the USA to work on a private yacht, currently anchored at Bequia, for a couple weeks.  The Yacht is heading for Maimi in a couple weeks. 

The Ferries to Bequia run south and North, but the prevailing wind and waves between the two islands is from the east.  The ferries do some pretty good rocking and rolling.

The fellow in the lower left of these two pictures saved me from bodily injury as I was thrown off balance in his direction while trying to take pictures.  If he had not been quick enough to catch me, my future tan would of started with some black and blue tones.

Island Time, viewed from the ferry arriving in Bequia.  No, that’s not fog, just another squall.

The local fuel “dock” in Admiralty Bay, Port Elizabeth

Genie and John catching up on email.  John has a booster WiFi antenna and a “local” WiFi router on the boat.  I made a number of iTouch, Skype phone calls back to the states.  So much for being out of touch.

John and Genie had a rough sail north to Bequia the previous week from Trinidad. The Christmas winds in the Windward Islands had been running full tilt, 30-40 knots.  Fortunately a day or two after our arrival they backed down to 15-20, so we sailed south to Chatham bay on the Leeward side of Union Island.

Passing Mayreau, heading south to Union Island, we notice that it is cruise ship day.

Windstar (from their website)

They must of taken this picture when the ship was new, because the ornamental “sails” we saw down wind of the smoke stack, were rather gray.

Mayreau is on our itinerary for later in the week.  Mayreau is the smallest inhabited island in the Grenadines, 300 people or so.  They were a very active fishing community until a few years ago when cruise ships started arriving one day a week.  Now the residents can earn more in one day than they made fishing all week. 

Chatham Bay, Union Island

Chatham Bay is a quiet anchorage that can only be reached by boat or hiking trail.  There are 5 or so beach “restaurants/bars”.  “Shark Attack” where we ate was full, both pick-nick tables were reserved for the evening.  Talk about an exclusive restaurant!

Lobster dinner at “Shark Attack” on the beach.


The north coast of Union Island

Mayreau and the Tobago Cays to the right, viewed from Union Island

Lunchtime at another beach bar in Chatham Bay

No green flash !


Leaving Chatham Bay

Tobago Cays in the foreground, behind Horseshoe Reef.  Mayreau is in the background.

We spent two days at Tobago Cays National Park, snorkeling and hiking on the uninhabited islands.  There is an active group of  boat vendors, who follow you to your anchorage or mooring offering their unsolicited help.  Fortunately they have worked out a pretty good system of dividing up the visiting boats, so you don’t have multiple vendors pestering you.  We ordered papaya and bread which was delivered early each morning.

Interestingly, with the wind pushing 20 knots and a full moon, it became significantly more rolly as the waves pushed over the reef near high tide.  Snorkeling at high tide took a fair amount of effort to buck the current coming over the reef. 

Tobago Cays, only a reef between us and Africa

Linda and Genie

Waves breaking over the reef

Interesting fish

Queue the theme to Jaws

Damn ! that young lady in the back ground nearly ruined this shot.

Hiking to the top of Petit Bateau, the tallest island, view to the main anchorage.

Old and New cruise ships, view to the northwest from Petit Bateau.

French tourists from the Cruise ship above (right) doing their morning water aerobics until they spotted me and gave a cheer.  Or I assume, pardon their French.

Moonlight and mooring lights

We spent two days at Tobago Cays and then headed to Mayreau.

Cruising to Mayreau, Linda getting rather relaxed.

Ah! the cruising life.  Linda fully relaxed.

Entering Salt Whistle Bay which is overlooked by the village.

John hiking up for lunch at Dennis’s Hideaway.



Lunch at Dennis’s Hideaway.  We all voted it the best restaurant meal during our trip to the Grenadines.  Dennis’s has a pool and air-conditioned rooms.  Our alternate plans were to stay at Dennis’s Hideaway, if for some unforeseen reason John and Genie did not make it to the Grenadines on Island Time.

John talking with Dennis.

Tobago Cays, viewed from the Catholic Church on the top of Mayreau


Sea Turtle Sanctuary on Bequia

Fish processing plant on Bequia, built by the Japanese, in exchange for voting in the UN for Whaling rights.  Bequia  is one of the few places in the world still allowed limited whaling by the International Whaling Commission.   They average only a couple whales a year, sometimes none.

Admiralty Bay, Bequia

This is the boat that our German friend was working on.  We crossed paths with “JO” a number of times during our Grenadines visit.  We ran into him again ferrying some lovely young guests ashore in the Tobago Cays, tough work.  The picture above is “JO” back in Admiralty Bay from the Ferry as we were leaving for our flights home after 10 great days.






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