The same familiar route enables me to leave home at 6:00 for a 7:05 flight morning flight. Collecting my wheels just inside the terminal I have time to shed some winter cloths, grab some hot porridge and a milky coffee before cruising to the departure gate. The usual discussions about lithium power cells and isolating batteries and I am boarded. The 8 hour flight arrives just in time to grab a quick swim before a fresh fish supper and several 'rum and Ting's'
|A freshly polished Genny at Gatwick airport
Two and a half weeks swimming with colorful tropical fish and turtles in 27° water, fresh food and casual easy living is a great recipe for shortening the winter
I did a lot of small dingy sailing this holiday which was great fun. I first learned to sail aged 11 at school and have owned several dinghies over the years but have not sailed at all for at least the last 25 years. Getting back on the water under sail was a delight and Antigua, being one of the Windward Islands, was ideal. I was able to rent a small dingy from local National Academy of Sailing which was 4 doors down the road from where I stay. The Academy is based in Falmouth Harbour which is a a substantial area of enclosed shallow water ideal for sailing. Within 5 minutes I had capsized but was able to remember the drill and was upright again within minutes
|View from the supermarket jetty in English Harbor