Welcome to our trip journal!
Daragh and I have been planning our getaway now for the past two years with a wonderful group of sailors from the Blue Water Sailing Association With newly-retired Skipper Daragh, First Mate Georgie, the Westie, and myself, Cathryn, Chief Cook and Bottlewasher aboard, we hope to set off for Mexico and beyond.... We hope you will follow along on our journey and enjoy the highs and lows on board SV Chantey V
Saturday, January 26, 2013
Inching our way up the coast amid a maze of
shallows and treacherous coral reefs, we ducked in to the beautiful village of
Placencia, Belize. It's a lazy beach town, filled with brightly coloured shacks
and people, and hums with life as tourists amble down the wooden boardwalks and
the local Creole's, Mayans and American expats mingle in the bars. The sound of
steel drums and rasta music wafts through the air. We are told the first cruise
ship ever is sitting in the harbour nearby, and this sleepy village is already
showing signs of 'progress'.
We met up with Suzanne and her daughter
Deanne from Victoria, who have been holidaying here for several weeks. They
were kind enough to lend us their bikes so we cycled inland several miles to
the tiny settlement of Siene Bight. In the cool evening we joined them, with our good cruiser friends
Norm and Linda on Ariel, for a spicy bowl of Creole Snook Gumbo and curry rice
at Omar's Place and tunes at Barefoot Bar. Ya Mon' ! Getting into the Caribbean
Now we sit hunkered down behind a small mangrove cay waiting for the winds to drop in hopes of reaching Cay Calker in northern Belize. I spy the lobster man paddling this way in his rustic dug out canoe!