Sea|Mester Part 3: Antigua

This summer I did a 20 sailing trip with Sea|Mester. We sailed from the British Virgin Islands to Nevis, Antigua, St. Barths, Saba, and back to the BVI’s. It was a thoroughly excellent adventure, unlike anything I’d ever done before. It was my first time flying alone, first time leaving continental North America, first time being on a boat for more than a few hours, first time visiting a foreign country other than Canada, first time sailing, first time surfing, first time cooking a meal for twenty people, and probably a bunch more that aren’t coming to me at the moment. Because I have so many pictures, I am going to split my account of the trip into several parts, and because I haven’t developed some of my film yet, I am starting with part three: Antigua.

This was the third major island we stopped at, and after a pretty long passage from Nevis (though not the longest passage we did), it was good to get our feet on solid ground. We docked in Nelson’s Dockyard at English Harbour, the site of an eighteenth century British naval base.

Ocean Star on the dock.

The old British naval buildings were converted into shops, pubs and such. It was a really cool little town.

I went on a mission with Madd Dog, one of the coolest cats on the boat, to find a post office from which to send letters to our girlfriends, and a bookstore from which to purchase navigation charts.

We ate at a little restaurant called The Lime and the Coconut, owned by these fine folks. We watched a fantastic world cup game – Italy vs. Slovakia (2-3 final) – and ate a “World Cup Breakfast” featuring delicious homemade bread.

On the way back to the boat we met these two lizards.

Antigua was pretty dry compared to many of the other islands we visited. There were lots of cacti and scraggly bushes and trees.

The Bingham Brothers: Kevin on the left and Matt on the right; two very cool dudes.

I was the sous chef that day, but I had just enough time before dinner to take a hike around the harbor.

At the harbor entrance was an old fort with paved battlements, some cannons, and an ammunition storehouse.

After a great time in Antigua, we prepared to leave for St. Barths in the morning…

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