How can you leave a place that makes you really happy? We left for two reasons: 1) More boat work, of course, and 2) to find more places that make us truly happy. Nonsuch Bay was such a gem and Dave is going to miss the kiteboarding. But St Martin also has kiteboarding at Orient Beach, so Dave will have to check that out. But before leaving Antigua, we got together with more friends that arrived, checked out Harmony Hall, and went ziplining.
There is a great spot in Browns Bay near Nonsuch Bay Resort called Harmony Hall. It is not quite a resort, but it has an art gallery, boutique, restaurant, and bar with a pool. By purchasing lunch, you are given pool privileges. Reservations are recommended, but we showed up with a party of six unannounced and the staff kindly accommodated us. We were in for a special treat.
We rarely splurge on expensive meals, preferring to save our splurges for Dave’s kiteboarding lessons or for excursions like the Antigua Buggy Tour. However, this beautiful location warranted a visit and Catherine and Henry from Mowzer and Melissa and Dan from Slow Dancing were game. No one looks happy in the picture, but we were enjoying ourselves. Honestly. It was just so hot and not a breeze was stirring.
Dan must’ve ordered their specialty, the lobster linguini. Just look at that presentation! All of our meals were delicious, though, and we would recommend Harmony Hall to our friends.
The location is historic, an old sugar mill. The bar with free rum tastings is located in the mill.
Along with lunch comes the ability to use the pool. Since we knew this from the Doyle Guide, we came prepared and all suited up. I tried slowly walking in, which was a mistake. It wasn’t heated and felt quite chilly going in slowly. It was either give up or go all in, so I dove under and quickly acclimated to the temperature. So refreshing! Catherine took a turn as well, but everyone else declined. They would cool off on the long wet dinghy ride back to our boats.
We left Nonsuch Bay and returned to Falmouth. I think I blogged about Nelson’s Dockyard previously, a really cool historic site made into a museum and park. Customs and Immigration is located in the park and we have free entry. We just had to tell them we are on a boat. The Talisker Whiskey Atlantic Challenge, aka the World’s Toughest Row, is currently taking place with only a few boats having finished so far.
Each boat looks different, but is made to operate the same way, like a rowing machine. I believe the seat even slides. A boat for a one or two person team has one rowing station – one rows, one rests – or if solo a rowing schedule is followed, see Daily Routine, below. If a team of four, then there are two rowing stations.
On display in the park is James “Tiny” Little’s Rowboat from the 2005 Challenge, pictured at top of page. He was a 49 year old solo rower.
Since one cannot row continuously for 116 days, he had a daily routine he followed. Aside from thinking these people are insane for doing this, I find it very interesting. I certainly hope the current was with him, otherwise he would lose ground (water) every time he had to stop rowing. And people thought we were crazy for wanting to do it in a sailboat!
While walking to Budget Marine (because wherever there’s a decent chandlery we will end up there at some point), we saw this guy riding a donkey. I know donkeys are used as work horses or pack horses…
But this guy was so big and the donkey was so small! His feet nearly hit the ground while he was sitting on the donkey’s back. I felt sorry for the donkey!
We went ziplining with George and Jan on Wild Cat and Dave and Jacquie on Tempo. We had a great time, but forgot to look at the pictures and video the outfit took. Since we couldn’t bring our own cameras, we have no pictures. Boo! Wild Cat also hosted a lovely sundowner party on their boat with Tempo and Mowzer. So we returned the favor just before we left Antigua. George was requesting rum cake. Ask and I shall deliver! He was a happy guy to get his cake and eat it, too! What an unexpected gem Antigua was! We really enjoyed the island. It is sad that we are not likely to be returning. In fact, we hoped to return to Barbuda and see the frigate birds again, but we had a very short weather window to sail directly to Sint Maarten. And when you have a window, you gotta take it.
As a side note, this showed up as an ad on Dave’s Instagram. Look Familiar? This is the water playground the guys stowed away on in Parham Bay. Coincidence? Hmmm, somebody must be watching!