The Trouble in Freeman Bay lead us to Nelson’s Dockyard Marina!

Our trip over from Dominica to Antigua was to say the least pretty storming! The howling wind basically blew us into Freeman’s Bay…and it was packed with yachts – the only possible spot was pretty close to entrance with rocks behind us and a ship wreck to the right of us …and many yachts quite close to us. The water was way too dirty to even attempt snorkelling on the anchor to see if it digger in properly…well…at 5am the next morning we realised that the anchor is dragging with the wind now more quiet – we thought to pull up anchor and find another spot deeper in…Except that we had suddenly (for the second time on this trip!) NO electric anchor winch! We were so close to the yacht at the back of us that I had to stop trying to figure out why it did not work and just do it painfully slowly with the winch handle!!…Johann has seen the trouble nearing at an alarming speed and started to (by hand) pull the anchor up – by that time we were like less than a meter away from the yacht at the back and could make our way out of there. The priority now was to get it fixed – without a doubt. On the basis the urgency of the case – the Nelson’s Dockyard Marina gave us an “easy accessible” birth (only short term!)…right next to a very snazzy looking 112 ft motor yacht called Catalonian Spirit!  The crew (a few South Africans amongst them) became regular visitors on board and it was great getting to know them and see life on a super yacht from a different angle! I have decided that that is just one of the jobs that looks more glamorous than what it is in real life …..it is hard work and can be very lonely and boring at times sitting in the same harbour for weeks waiting for the boss or for a charter to pitch up… (Marina’s  can be great …but in general… not a whole heap is happening there – so after 3 days…you do get itchy to move on)

It was very interesting lying next to the big once …a lot of tourists will walk past taking pictures…and because we are at eye level (and do not therefor have the privacy advantage of these high big yachts with the dark jacuzzi glass frames around them..)…they would just stand and stare into your life (whether you are drying your hair in the sun, or having breakfast or sitting with your feet up on the table reading…the stare reaches you!) …and it makes me feel pretty exposed …you need to watch what you do, how you sit, what you wear…is that why celebrities are spitting the dummy every time the cameras flashes around them as soon as they walk around their own back yard? I somehow have now empathy with all the Brad Pitts and the like … 🙂

Photo’s :

English Harbour

Falmouth Harbour and the Super Yachts:

St Johns, Parham, Jolly Harbour and a few other sites of Antigua:

2 thoughts on “The Trouble in Freeman Bay lead us to Nelson’s Dockyard Marina!”

  1. Great yachts!! And great photography!! We really are enjoying all the photos and the descriptions of all the places of interest. Are you going to St Thomas at all? If you are we would love to see your pictures. There in 1982 and a lot must have changed. Gerhard & Yvonne

  2. Wow, marvelous blog layout! How long have you been blogging for? you made blogging look easy. The overall look of your web site is great, let alone the content!

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