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Old 03-24-2011, 08:39 AM
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Fantastic, Bob! Such unbelievably beautiful photos. Thanks for sharing. Safe travels.
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Thanks Johnny. I wrap up this part of the trip on Monday when I will fly home from St Lucia. I will return mid April for another 10 days and there is a good chance I will be back up in St Maarten in late April so if you are following you just might catch up w me on some island. Would be nice to meet.

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That would be great Bob, if the timing works out.......we will be staying in St. Maarten but traveling to Anguilla and St. Barts.......I will be following your travels on this thread, I will be in touch.........good luck, safe travels and enjoy !!!
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I really enjoy reading your post and the pictures are really nice. I am from Antigua, and I hope you have fun there. Be sure to check out the Nelson's Dock Yard/English Harbor region of the island. You'll miss Sailing Week by about a month.
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I really enjoy reading your post and the pictures are really nice. I am from Antigua, and I hope you have fun there. Be sure to check out the Nelson's Dock Yard/English Harbor region of the island. You'll miss Sailing Week by about a month.
Thank you, modvp. We set out for Antigua today about 1PM and turned back after just going 5 miles or so. The wind and seas had not settled down as forecast. Waves were 3 M and we were going straight into them so not a good ride. The forecast for Friday is much better so I decided to wait until then rather than get beat up again. We are going to be at the marina at Falmouth Harbour if you are near there and want to look us up Friday afternoon.
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Well today was one of those days where your plans get changed but for a reason I guess. We set out for Antigua and we were not very far out when I knew it would not be a pleasant trip. The wind and seas had not settled down as forecast so I aborted todays attempt. It is 110 miles and we were going straight into 3 meter waves so I thought better to go tomorrow when the forecast calls for 1.5 M waves and a slight shift in wind direction.
Rather than have a lost day we grabbed a u turn and did some cool things. First we drifted off the end of the runway to watch and photograph the planes landing at SXM. There are beach bars close by where people sit and watch for hours and then there are those that hang onto the chain link fence while the blast of jets taking off lifts their feet off the ground while they cling to the fence. I had heard about it and had to see. Will be downloading pics later and see what we have worth posting.
From there we ran about 12 miles across to Anguilla and up the shoreline to check that out. Very beautiful beaches and water color there. From there, back across to the north coast of SXM and into Grand Case, St Martin ( french side ) and then make our way down and around the coast and back into Simpson Bay Marina. It turned out to be a great day after all, just not Antigua. We will try again tomorrow.
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You are right. That would be Ron Joyce. i think he takes the boat up to his place in Nova Scotia in the summer.
You are correct, he had it in toronto harbour for about two weeks last summer, and he has a "little" 63 fairlane that is docked behind me at ontario place.
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Bob, I am sorry to hear that the seas were that rough. If you are going to be at Falmouth Harbour, be sure to go to the Catamaran Hotel and see Fiona Bailey, she is the owner of the small but tranquil hotel. The Bailey's are the proprietor of parts of Falmouth Harbour.

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Thank you, modvp. We set out for Antigua today about 1PM and turned back after just going 5 miles or so. The wind and seas had not settled down as forecast. Waves were 3 M and we were going straight into them so not a good ride. The forecast for Friday is much better so I decided to wait until then rather than get beat up again. We are going to be at the marina at Falmouth Harbour if you are near there and want to look us up Friday afternoon.
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Bob, I am sorry to hear that the seas were that rough. If you are going to be at Falmouth Harbour, be sure to go to the Catamaran Hotel and see Fiona Bailey, she is the owner of the small but tranquil hotel. The Bailey's are the proprietor of parts of Falmouth Harbour.

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Got it. Thank you Avery. Very helpful and greatly appreciated. I hope we get to meet some day.
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A few pics of Anguilla just 12 miles +/- from St Maarten. Very beautiful waters, great diving and beaches. The last pic is St Martin as seen from Anguilla.
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You're welcome! I will follow your progress and send my dad and Feona a message.

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Got it. Thank you Avery. Very helpful and greatly appreciated. I hope we get to meet some day.
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