Heading up the Leeward Islands

With the Oyster Antigua Regatta behind us it was time to head up the Leeward Islands about 150 miles to Anguilla, with stops in Nevis, St. Barthelemy (St. Barts) and St. Martin. Our first week was spent circling Antigua and finding some incredibly remote anchorages, untouched by the modern world.

As we headed north from Antigua, it rained on and off every day but that didn’t dampen our spirits – when not getting wet we played cards, watched movies, caught up on emails and probably consumed more beverages than normal. Each of the island stops was unique, but all had the laid back feeling that is distinctively Caribbean. Our journey continues to be an escape from the world’s problems – and the political campaigns. The 6:30 pm network news – what’s that?

The photos below capture just a few of our most recent experiences.

A few remaining Oyster Yachts in English Harbor

A few remaining Oyster Yachts in English Harbor

The old fort at the entrance to English Harbor

The old fort at the entrance to English Harbor

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Someone has to guard the fort

Someone has to guard the fort

Antigua's rugged southern coast

Antigua’s rugged southern coast

In just 11 months, Spirit passed the 10,000 nm mark

In just 11 months, Spirit passed the 10,000 nm mark

An anchorage inside the reef at Green Island, Nonsuch Bay, Antigua

An anchorage inside the reef at Green Island, Nonsuch Bay, Antigua

The still waters around Great Bird Island, Antigua

The still waters around Great Bird Island, Antigua

A shipwreck in Deep Bay, Antigua

A shipwreck in Deep Bay, Antigua

One of the many back streets in Gustavia, St. Barts. Major credit cards required.

One of the many back streets in Gustavia, St. Barts. Major credit cards required.

Spirit at anchor in Crocus Bay, Anguilla

Spirit at anchor in Crocus Bay, Anguilla

A roadside church in Anguilla

A roadside church in Anguilla