We were tossing out bread pieces trying to attract fish for the snorkelers but this sneaky fellow got in on the act in a split second and stole off with the goods. This is my first post after returning from the British Virgin Islands aboard the catamaran Sealandia where this seagull stole off with his treasured meal.

 

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We were headed for the Prickly Pear Cays on Day 2 of our catamaran cruise but couldn’t venture through the opening to get to calm side on seal island.   So we continued on to Maunday’s Bay and dropped anchor off of the beach side near Juluca Hotel which is on the southwest side of Anguilla for a lunch and swim in the area.  

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Played in water for several hours with noodles, snorkel and paddle board.  Basia and Gus gave a try on the paddle board. Basia did great.

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Gus not so much. Durf.. paddle board to paddle board ace.  Later Gus got the hang if it and paddled for a while.

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Viceroy at Mead's Bay

We departed from Simpsons Bay on the Dutch side of St. Martin early enough in the morning to catch the draw bridge at Marina Port de Blaisance and motor to customs right away.  In order to depart from St. Martin the Smitten Kitten’s captain, Stuart, had to speed off to clear all those aboard through customs so that we could go into International seas and set sail to Anguilla.  We were pretty much first in line, though a hot-shot from another charter (to remain un-named) did try to one up us.  He almost “tagged” us as he tried to snuggle between us and the shore.  He gave up quickly, rounded about and moved away to allow for clearance. After clearing customs, we set sail along the coast of St.Martin heading towards the French side.

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As we sailed along the North West side of St. Martin (French Side) we passed several sights of interest including a mansion in Meads Bay that sold a few years back for 11 million.  This same mansion was awarded the best worldwide architectural award 2012-2013 by International Property Awards and was the winner from over 2000 entries.

Very close to this mansion is a timeshare resort called the Viceroy. It expands the coast line on Mead’s bay for quite some time.

Viceroy at Mead's Bay
Viceroy at Mead’s Bay

Along the way to Viceroy on our first day sail to Road Bay and Anguilla,  Stuart, our captain made us up some of the best pain killer cocktails ever.  You have got to try them and the secret to the recipe is the nutmeg topper. I was hoping to get the actual recipe but have guessed at the measures.  I’m going to experiment diligently but until then here is my best guess.

Captain Stuart's famous Pain Killer
Captain Stuart’s famous Pain Killer

Pain Killer Cocktail

Fill blender with Crushed Ice
1 can Coco Lopez
1 cup Orange juice
1 small can pineapple juice
Caribbean Rum to taste!!
garnish each cocktail with ground nutmeg

The mid-day appetizer made especially delicious by Jenny, first mate on the Smitten Kitten, featured spring rolls, fresh ginger and a wakame seaweed salad.  I’ve never liked seaweed but this was different.  It was light and slightly sweet.  A lovely taste.  I was surprised to see a package in Costco back in Arizona a month later that looked very similar to the seaweed that Jenny served.  Maybe it was the same dish.  This seaweed salad doesn’t have that typical taste of seaweed which I normally do not like.  I didn’t buy it to try because it was to large a package for two people but I was tempted.   These were some yummy Appetizers.

Spring Rolls with Fresh Ginger and Seaweed Salad
Spring Rolls with Fresh Ginger and Seaweed Salad

Dinner that same night was chicken stuffed with goat cheese and lemon sauce over pasta noodles. A very original dinner served by Jenny and with the help of Stuart.

Chicken Stuffed with Goat Cheese
Chicken Stuffed with Goat Cheese

We were to have continued on to Road Bay to dock for the evening but the waters were rough enough that we decided to stay where we where over night.  I for one was in favor of anchoring the boat and our butts right there and not pitching with the waves to make our way onward so quickly.

Overnight there was a constant patter of evening rain on the decks.  The poor Greek hubby left side port window open and he got late evening bath.  In the dark of night, I had to help him close the window.  I don’t think he had ever closed them himself.  Oh, well…. he demanded to sleep on that side of the bed.  His loss!  My gain!  Of course, I would probably would have closed the window a little better than he did.

Up next… Day 2 Anguilla and Guadalupe.

Welcome Aboard – Smitten Kitten at St. Martin Simpson Bay.

Even though we arrived in St. Martin a few days early, our first night on the Smitten Kitten Catamaran was Saturday, the 16 of November.  One would think that it would be cold in November but the weather was a balmy 80F average during the day, the water around 83-85F, and the nights in the high 60’s to low 70’s.  Perfect for the snow dwellers or even for us desert dwellers from hot Arizona.

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The feature image of the Festiva Sailing trip was taken of Sandy Beach near Anguilla .  The aerial of St. Martin below is not my image.  Stop at this Official Website for St. Martin.  There you can learn a lot about the island and exciting events, activities, hotels, island life, etc.  St. Martin and the nearby islands have been one of our favorite vacation destinations and as you will see in future posts it’s evident why.

 

First rule of thumb, off with the shoes and you hardly see them the rest of the holiday.  Drop the minimal number of bags in your

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cabin.  Don’t over pack as this is a 4 cabin Catamaran with limited storage.  All you need is swim suits, a few wraps, shorts, light tops, sunglasses and suntan lotion. For some of the gents a hat would be a very good idea to stop the burn on the top.

We were greeted by our hosts Jenny and Stuart with a splendid happy hour set up a waiting for our 5:00pm arrival on board with along with our good friends, Fred and Basia.  This was a special trip and adventure as Basia was celebrating one of her “big one” birthdays but we’re not telling which one.  Stuart greeted us with a traditional island cocktail; a Rum Punch with plenty of local rum.  Dinner was a Shrimp and Couscous dish with chopped fresh vegetables.  I hadn’t thought at this time of posting about the holiday, so I’ve only one picture to share from dinner and it’s just one small piece of Jenny’s Kiwi Cheesecake.

2013-11-24T07-00-30_8I’m hoping to get recipes from Jenny to share with you.

The Cheese Cake was a creamy no bake dish with slices of local fresh kiwi.  Melt in your mouth delicious.