Moonlight Adventure

The story of our travels on board Moonlight, our Vancouver 36.


Thursday 10th February 2011

Posted by yachtmoonlight on March 10, 2011 at 12:36 PM Comments comments (0)

Whilst sitting in the cockpit, early on Wednesday 2nd February, our enjoyment of the bright sunny morning was abruptly disrupted by the sight of a Frenchman swimming past our boat wearing nothing but a pair of gloves which bemused, confused and alarmed us in equal measures.
Needing to fill up with fuel, water and groceries before we set off for the Turks and Caicos islands, we upped the anchor and sailed away from the nudey French loony as fast as the wind would carry us.
We had decid...

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Monday 24th January 2011

Posted by yachtmoonlight on February 22, 2011 at 12:57 PM Comments comments (1)

Keen to start exploring the British Virgin Islands, we sailed round to Necker Island (Richard Branson’s private island) in the morning on Monday 17th January. Although it is a private island and boaters are not allowed to go ashore, there are a couple of anchorages around the island and it was one of these, close to the shore that we aimed for. We motored up close to the island and then around to one side where there was a very small space in between the beach and a reef that I’m ...

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Sunday 16th January 2011

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After arriving in Simpson Bay, St Maarten, early on Monday 10th January, we had a snooze to recover from the overnight sail and then watched the bridge open that leads into an enclosed lagoon and planned to go through into the lagoon at the next bridge opening at 11.30am.

There are several marinas in the lagoon as well as space to anchor, and the lagoon, like the island, is split in two halves, one side French and the other side Dutch.

As the engine would need to be taken apart t...

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Sunday 9th January 2011

Posted by yachtmoonlight on February 17, 2011 at 9:50 AM Comments comments (0)

The peaceful, calm anchorage in Trois Islets gave us another quiet night with just enough rain collected in the dinghy by the morning on Monday 3rd January to use for solar showers in the cockpit!

Charles and Penny joined us ashore at the café in the village for a croissants and coffees and I bought a huge slab of their fabulous guava cake for afternoon tea on the boat.

After a quick trip round the small grocery store and the fruit and veg market (where we finally found some ...

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Sunday 2nd January 2011

Posted by yachtmoonlight on January 22, 2011 at 5:27 PM Comments comments (1)

On Thursday 23rd December we were still anchored off Pigeon Island in Rodney Bay, St Lucia and took the dinghy on the very long trip across the bay into the marina so we could catch a bus to the supermarkets.

There are two very large supermarkets very close to each other and we flitted back and forth between the two to get everything we needed for the next few days, including Christmas dinner.

We couldn’t find everything we wanted (the stock in both supermarkets is rather ra...

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