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, roundedRead More →

Captain Stuart's famous Pain Killer

While stopping for a swim and at anchor along the Viceroy (a time share resort) on our first day sail to road bay Anguilla,  Stuart, our captain made us up some of the best Pain Killer Cocktails ever.  We also enjoyed a lovely spread of appetizers which will be in a different post. You have got to try this delectable desert like drink and the secret to the recipe is the nutmeg topper.  It is rich and creamy like a robust Pina Colada but much better.  Stuart and Jenny are top-notch and I submit my vote for the best Captain’s and First Mate of the Festiva Sailing Fleet if notRead More →

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. The feature image of the Festiva Sailing trip was taken of Sandy Beach near Anguilla .  The aerial of St. Martin below isRead More →

We are on a fun holiday on the Catamaran Cruise this week with Jenny and Stuart of Festiva Sailing. Having a great time but with limited internet connection so most of my posts were scheduled ahead of time. That’s what a holiday is all about. Look for a recap of this great vacation in about a week. This picture is of Sandy Island and I took it several years ago.  Unfortunately, the shipwreck boat is no longer on the island.  It was lost in a big storm a few years ago. So sad to hear that it’s gone. Will also have great recipes including theRead More →