Slow Flight and Livin’ Life got an early morning start for Bequia. We were sailing along, keeping within sight of each other, when here comes Wildcat flying up on our tail. Wildcat left at least two and a half hours behind us and caught us as we got to St Vincent. Their 57-foot Lagoon catamaran just flies! By the time we reached the end of St Vincent, we couldn’t even see Wildcat anymore. We all agreed we made a mistake going on the windward side of St Vincent. The wind was good, which is why we did it, but the seas were confused. George on Wildcat likened it to being in a washing machine with the agitator going. He made a note in his logbook to never go windward of St Vincent again. However, as we neared the south end of St Vincent, the seas calmed down and it returned to being a nice sail. Between St Vincent and Bequia, the seas were small, the wind constant, and the sailing ideal.
Now, the decision to sail into Bequia (pronounced Beckway, believe it or not) from Marigot, St Lucia, was made without reading the cruiser’s guide or really knowing much about the area. It is a clearing in location for St Vincent and the Grenadines without having to stop at St Vincent, which has a bad reputation among the cruising community. So when we were photographed and photographed and photographed from every angle, we didn’t know what to think and didn’t feel comfortable with it. After arriving in Bequia, I asked George from Wildcat and Steve from Slow Flight if they smiled for the creepy camera dude. Steve said, “No, I didn’t feel too comfortable with that.” But George said that he is well known and mentioned in the cruising guide. He is a professional photographer that will try to sell you the pictures he takes. Now, I have to appreciate what this guy does, if not how he goes about it. He is alone on a wood boat with an outboard motor that he whizzes around on standing up. He stops and stands taking pictures while his boat is bobbing up and down in the waves and his subject is in motion underway. His camera is huge and has a gyroscope to counter the motion of his boat. I just wish he had hailed us on the radio so that we knew what he was doing. He did come around and drop off a printed and framed picture and a stick with watermarked digital images on it.
The photos were amazing! Especially considering how they were taken! We have not been splurging and buying souvenirs from the islands and we need a good updated photo of the boat for the blog and new boat cards, so I told Dave I want to buy one. They weren’t cheap! He wanted US$50 for one digital image! But we bought a landscape and a portrait showing full sails for US$75. It is our one souvenir splurge from Bequia and the rest of the Caribbean so far.
Wildcat invited us and Slow Flight over for a final farewell happy hour. They heard about a cat burglar in Bequia and didn’t want to stay. Besides, they need to get to Trinidad where they will be hauled out for the summer. We don’t expect to see them again until October. It’s really hard to make all these friends and keep saying good-bye to them. That is the nature of cruising, though. People will come and go with the wind. George and Jan have imparted such valuable information upon us that has made our cruising go more smoothly and successfully. They are incredibly nice people who love to laugh. We will miss them, but look forward to seeing them in Grenada around October. Slow Flight decided to risk it and stay with us. I’m grateful, because he wears Dave out on hikes that I prefer to pass on, not to mention that he is a super nice guy. We’ll just lock up and be particularly careful.