Here in Australia we have had the longest hottest summer since I moved home from the Caribbean and winter just never seemed to arrive. Even May was still quite warm, but now June has arrived with a bang. All of last week there were flood warnings for the upcoming weekend while during the week the sun shone down. This photo shows the calm before the storm.
My mind instantly took me back to Union Island in The Grenadines and to my worst night sleep ever at anchor. Union island is a very pretty island, click on this link to read more about it. We arrived the day before a big blow of wind and the main anchorage is on the windward side of the island and strewn with reef. The reef offers protection from the big seas but there was no protection from the wind. This photo here shows the anchorage from the air, and I put a little red X to show where we were.
It took us forever to anchor the boat in such a tiny anchorage which already had lots of visiting boats. So you basically drop the anchor and then reverse back on it to let out lots of heavy chain and to pull back on the anchor to dig it into the sand. Once we did that it seemed as though the reef was 6 foot from the back step!
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