15th -16th May – Union Island

Left Bequia just after dawn, ran out of the bay and rounded Grand Cay. A wrecked freighter here reminds ones of potential dangers sailing here. A lovely broad reach with moderate winds took us to Canouan which I passed by carrying on towards Mayreau passing between the Baleine rocks and Catholic Island with its shoals. The wind was picking up a little, time to furl the jib , only it wouldn’t so a quick trip to the foredeck to haul it down and lash it to the deck. Then it was past the eastern side of Union Island, avoiding all the reefs of Palm Island and into the reef ringed harbour of Clifton. Forewarned that the holding was not good for anchoring I took a mooring bouy. Felt strange to be on the east side of an island facing the Atlantic with the ever present roar of surf on the reef, but the reef absorbed all the waves and it was calm inside. It had been a good passage, 30 miles in 6 hours. A visit ashore to complete departure formalities as I was leaving the St Vincent Grenadines, the next Island being Grenadian.
In the morning I walked up Fort hill above the town for some great views, although it was a little hazy towards the Tobago keys. Back to the boat , time for a swim of course then off for the short sail to Carriacou in the afternoon.

Clifton harbour from Fort Hill
Clifton harbour from Fort Hill
Main St Clifton
Main St Clifton