Note May 28, 2013: We did meet up with Craig and Jan aboard their Amel 54 named S/V Lone Star in Marmaris, Turkey in 2011. Much later we met them again in their new home in The Woodlands (Houston) for dinner a few times. They crossed to the Caribbean in Dec 2011 and then sailed up to US East Coast in spring 2013.
Monday, January 22, 2007
Little Lameshur Bay - Jost Van Dyke; met new Texas friends
January 22, 2007 Monday
Last Friday we moved over to Red Hook long enough for a trip to Tutu Park Mall so that Judy could buy a new pair of sneakers since she walked the soles off her only pair when hiking on St. John last week. Another quick trick to the Marina Market for fresh produce and then we decided to check out bays on the south side of
Lameshur Bay on the south side of St. John is a perfect jewel, a truly lovely
quiet place to visit. Anchoring is
prohibited, of course, because this is part of the National Park on St. John; but there are 5
mooring balls in this tiny bay. We chose
the mooring in the middle of the bay, as far from shore as possible so that we
wouldn’t be bothered too badly by the insects.
The water was totally calm even though the winds were nice, not even a
wave or sea surge at the tiny beach; it was like being in a lake. There is a hiking trail to the top of the
highest mountain on St. John
where there are some petroglyphs that Judy would have liked to see – but the
thought of hiking up that mountain and getting bitten by mosquitoes and
noseeums was enough to make her decide to forgo that uphill hike. These petroglyphs are believed to have been
carved into the stones by the Taino Indians about 1,000 years ago. Bill took the dinghy over to to pay the park
mooring fee and was surprised to find an actual dinghy dock in place, along
with trash bins. Great Lameshur
This has been a nice surprise to us.
John now allows boaters to bring trash or garbage
ashore and be placed in animal-proof bins located near the beaches in most of
the bays. This is a major change. In the past you were forbidden from bringing
any form of trash or garbage ashore on St.
John. No one
wants to store stinky bags of garbage on their boat so this was always a
deterrent to visiting St. John
for more than a day or two. Don’t know
what caused this change of policy but we are very glad to see these new trash
bins placed so conveniently around the island.
Another change is that Customs no longer even asks if you are bringing any food on your boat. The first time we cleared in at
back in November, we just assumed that they had forgotten to give us that
Customs form because it was the day before Thanksgiving and no one was happy to
be working in the Customs office. But we
have cleared into the USVI twice more since then and each time received no
inquiries about any food aboard. Guess
they have stopped bothering with that particular form regarding the importation
of food into the USVI. It was rather
silly; not like the USVI has any agriculture whatsoever that might be damaged
by bringing in fresh fruit or vegetables.
Everything is imported to the USVI; they don’t grow anything here.
We stayed at Little Lameshur Bay for 3 nights and then sailed over to Jost Van Dyke this morning and cleared both in and out of the BVI. We are staging ourselves for the passage to
St. Martin later this week. Originally we had planned to sail for St. Martin on Wednesday (day after tomorrow), but the
weather forecast has changed and now we might delay until Friday. As of this morning, the forecast for
Wednesday is for winds of only 10 knots from 090 degrees and northerly sea
swell of 9 feet with 3-4 feet wind chop waves.
The forecast for Friday is for winds of still only 10 knots, but from
160 degrees (a much better direction for us to be going eastward to St.
Martin); and NNW sea swell of only 3 feet with 2-3 feet wind chop waves. This sounds like as good as it could possibly
get for the Anegada Passage over to St. Martin. So Friday appears to be the day we will
finally get moving again.
A 473 Beneteau flying a
flag and with hailing , TX, arrived
in Little Lameshur Bay yesterday afternoon.
So Bill went over and invited them over for sundowners. It was nice to meet and visit Craig and Jan
Scott on S/V Seabbatical. Craig and Jan
have a home in Kingwood and have a new Amel 54 on order. They will be cruising southward this spring
and then will store the Beneteau in port
of Houston Antigua
for the 2007 hurricane season and go home to clean out their house and list it
for sale. They will then return and sail
Seabattical back up to Annapolis
to be placed for sale in summer of 2008.
Then they will fly over to La Rochelle, France, and pick up their new Amel 54 and cruise
the Mediterranean for awhile in the new
Amel. Lucky them! Hope they enjoy their new Amel 54 as much as
we are enjoying our 53-ft. Super Marumu 2000 model. Amel does produce a great yacht for cruising. We hope to run across Craig and Jan again
farther down island in a few months.