Road Trip

Welcome back Boatblog ®  fans, though perhaps this edition should be called The Car-blog, because we have temporarily abandoned the good ship Domini and for a short while have become landlubbers again.

In our last episode we left you in Los Galapagos. From there, we headed back to St Maarten, stopping briefly in Quayaquil in Ecuador, only narrowly missing the dreadful earthquake. This photo was taken about 12 hours before it hit.


We rejoined Domini, and after a couple of days of re-provisioning in St Maarten we sailed north to the BVI, and finally to the US Virgins, where we either sat on the beach or went out to the floating bar that you can see in the middle of the picture.


But it wasn’t all just lazing about in the sun. We had to get Domini prepared for our next adventure. We took off the sails, the bimini, the spray hood, all the safety gear on the back rail, even the davits, and lashed the dinghy to the deck.

Naked Domini 2

By the time we’d finished, she looked quite naked.

“But why?” I hear you cry. You’ll need to get to the end to find out.

Because first, we were going on a Road Trip. We’d read about the Lincoln Highway, which was the first road that went right across the States from Times Square in New York to San Francisco. And we decided to drive it.

Lincoln Highway

Not all of it. That’s a long way. Instead we would join it about half way in Chicago, and head East towards The Big Apple.

So we flew to Chicago, where the first thing we did was…

Boat Trip

…get on a boat. 

Chicago is justly famous for its architecture, and the best way to see it is along the river.

Trump 2

It says “Trump,'” on the tower up ahead so as we went past, we did. That might be why it’s called The Windy City.

Of course Sweet Home Chicago is most famous for the Blues…

House Of Blues

We’re on a mission from God.

We re putting the band back together

You don’t see this outside many gigs.

No Guns

…but at least there was no chicken wire.

Continuing our Musical Pilgrimage, we spent Sunday in the AIC with George.

Sunday In The Park With Ju

For those of you that  didn’t get that brilliantly witty reference, this is the painting that inspired Sondheim’s masterpiece, Sunday in the Park With George, and is on display a the Art Institute of Chicago (AIC).

Once again the Boatblog ®  seeks to inform as well as entertain.

One of the great things about America, is that no matter how badly the diet is going…

Diet Not Going Well 2

…you never feel fat.


Chicago at night is pretty spectacular. 


And pretty scary if you get too close to the window and look down.

We needed some kicks. So we hit the road.

Route 66

We went from Illinois, through Indiana skirting along the Southern shore of Lake Michegan. This lake is huge. Big enough for waves! 

Lake or Sea

It was hard to believe that this was lake and not sea.

Quick quiz. Is the water salty, or fresh?

Go to the top of the class if you said fresh. Of course it is – it’s a lake. But even so it’s really weird being able to drink water from what look like the sea.

We stayed off the beaten track as much as possible.

Off the beaten track 2

The distances are big in America.

Sign 1

We went through Akron, Ohio…

Count The Steps

…to Pensylvania. We stopped at Gettysburg, scene of the largest battle in the American Civil War. This was the Gettysburg Address,

The Gettysburg Address

…and a very nice motel it was too.

Gettysburg is also famous for paranormal activity. Ju decided to go Ghostbusting, and spent a night in several haunted houses. This photograph was taken with a flash when he heard something creaking…

Ghostbusters 2

Do you see those spots floating about. Is it just dust on the lens?

Or is it……???!!!!

So, from now on, if you have a problem with ghosts , Who you gonna call?


Incidentally, Lyn didn’t go because she said she thought it was all a load of old rubbish.

Or was she just frightened.

On to Philadelphia, where the Declaration of Independence was signed on July 4th 1776.

Declaration of Independence

Bet they’re regretting that now. It’s also the home of the Liberty Bell.

The Liberty Bell

We carried on East into Amish country, which is quite delightful.

Amish Country

We stayed overnight with Ben & Emma who are Amish farmers. For those of you who haven’t seen Witness, the Amish still live in the traditional way without cars or electricity, making all their own clothes, and generally living a simple life without any mod cons.

A bit like sailors.

Ben offered to take us out for a spin in his buggy, pulled along by his faithful horse, Misty.


As we were guests, he took us out in the special buggy, usually reserved for Sundays.


Who needs a Porsche?

View From The Buggy

We found a space in the supermarket car park.

Tesco Car Park  Amish Style

It’s amazing that they can maintain this way of life with all the pressures of the modern world.

This diner was great. 

Egg in Egg 2

We half expected the Fonz to turn up.

Our next stop was Atlantic City, a big casino town, which after the simple world of the Amish people seemed a little crazy.

Atlantic City

But it was kinda fun. 

Next stop, New York…

Into New York

..where we met up with Rory and Zoe who are currently living in the Bronx.

We went to see the Yankees play.Watching the Yankees

L to R:-  Lyn, Rory, Zoe & Greg (Zoe’s brother)

And went on a tour of the vintage clothes stores, called “thrift shops,” to get things for the next stage of the adventure…

(What could that be? – you’ll have to subscribe to the next instalment to find out.)


A postcard from Brooklyn.

Greetings From Brooklyn

…which is where they buried Miles Davis.

Miles Davis

I never knew he was a Sir. It’s probably a Sir like Mr Ellington was a Duke, and the Mr Basie was a Count. Actually, Duke Ellington is buried here too, and a load of other famous jazzers.

Anyone know what that tune is? The prize for the first correct answer is a three day course in how to anti foul the bottom of a boat.

Talking of which, while we were messing about on the road, what was happening to Domini down in the USVI? And why had we stripped off all the sails and things?

She too was going on a trip.

Domini Loading 2

But where to?

Don’t miss the next exciting instalment of The Boatblog ®  to find out.

But before we go, there is just time for the Arty Farty competition. This time, all the entries are by Lyn. The first is called Buttons in a Jar.

Arty Farty 2

and the next is called Silver Bark.

Arty Farty 3

and finally…er….not sure what this is. Let’s call it Green Spotty Thing

Arty Farty 1

And of course, one last sunset – this time courtesy of the US Virgin Islands.


We’re going to miss those.

Bye for now Boatbloggers ® 

Ju & Lyn

Los Galapagos

Bienvenidos mi amigos,


This island is called Waterfalls of the Sea, and is just one of the many wonders that makes up The Galapagos, 700 Nautical Miles off the coast of Ecuador far out in the depths of the Pacific Ocean, and just south of the Equator.


Yes Boatblog ® fanos, this latest edition comes to you live from The Galapagos.

Now we know what you’re thinking. “Weren’t they in the Caribbean last week? How have they got all that distance, including going through the Panama Canal, in just a couple of weeks?”

Quite simple really. We left Domini in St Maarten, and got a plane. OK – so technically it’s cheating, but what happened is this. Our good friends Stuart & Ann Letton of Time Bandit…

Time Bandit

…are sailing round the world. They’d just gone through the Panama Canal and arrived in The Galapagos, and they very kindly invited us over. Well it would be rude not to say no.

So here we are on Santa Cruz…

The Famous Four 2

..exploring the caves caused by the lava flows.

Steps Out Of The Cave

It’s a long way down.

Climbing 3

And even further back up.

Climbing 4

We met some of the locals. They’re friendly enough, but they’re a bit slow.


Obviously it’s quite hard to get this close to the giant tortoises, so we had to make use of a specially designed ShellCam © 

ShellCam 1

That’s actually a real tortoise shell, but surprise surprise!


 It’s Stuart inside!

The tortoises live to over 150 years old, (which makes Ju about 26 in tortoise years). That is of course assuming they don’t get run over.

Tortoise Crossing

They really are enormous.

The Famous Four Go Tortoise Hunting

The number of animals that are unique to these islands is quite remarkable. These are marine iguanas. As in iguanas that go swimming in the sea.

Marine Iguana 2

There are weird looking jumping crabs,


..and sealions everywhere.

Sealion 1

We even caught a brief glimpse of that rarest of all creatures.

David Attenburgh

A David Attenborough.

Next we went snorkelling.

Freediver Ju

It’s quite impossible to describe the sheer number of fish, and the amazing colours. It’s like swimming in an aquarium.


It’s a bit of a shock when you see your first shark and can’t get the Jaws theme out of your head.

Shark 2

There are Galapagos sharks (of course!), which are close relatives of the tiger shark, white tipped reef sharks, and  hammerheads swimming in vast numbers around the islands, and once you’ve got over the thought that you might be lunch, you appreciate just how incredible these animals are.

It seemed a bit mean, but on the way back we had a go at fishing. Now with this many fish in the water, even Ju should be able to catch something.

Fishing 1

It was quite a struggle bringing it in. The fish put up quite a fight, and it took about ten minutes to haul it in. Ju was exhausted by the struggle, and convinced he’d hooked a record breaking tuna. He was quite surprised when it was finally brought on board.

Fishing 2

Still, it’s the biggest (only) fish he’s ever caught. And couldn’t be fresher. On the table within five minutes of being pulled onto the boat.

Fishing 3

Yum yum.

The snorkelling just gave us a taste for more, so the next day we decided to go diving.


And this time the Superheroes were down with the Hammerheads!

Dum dum dum dum dum dum.


They are the most majestic of animals.

There are giant rays…

Ray 3

…and they come in all shapes and colours.

Ray 6

Some just lurk on the bottom, waiting for the unwary diver.

Ray 1

Look at his eyes. The starfish are pretty.

Starfish 3

Apparently you shouldn’t call them starfish, because they’re not really fish. You should call them Sea Stars. (Not a lot of people know that. Here at the Boatblog ® we seek to inform as well as entertain.)

Starfish 1

The next day, we set sail (well, technically we put the motor on, but you know what I mean) for the largest of the Galapagos Islands…



This is the island that is most like how you probably imagine the Galapagos to be. This is the high street of the main town.

Isabela High Street

…and this is the pub.

The Pub

You have to step over the locals who spend all day lying around, sleeping off the effects of the night before.

Sealion 2

…and it’s not ducks in the village pond.

Flamingo 2

It’s all totally unspoilt.

Isabela Path

..which makes things like shopping much more fun than going down to Tesco’s. 


You go to the farm, point to you what you want, and the farmer cuts it down for you there and then. And who cares if you don’t get points on your loyalty card?

It’s the same with the fishmonger. It comes straight off the boat…

Fish Market 2

…and the pelicans get the scraps.

Fish Market 1

We went to a place called The Tuneles. (Not to be confused with The Tuneless, one of Ju’s old bands). It’s Spanish for Tunnels. Really they’re underwater arches, but apparently it got mixed up in the translation.


Again, the amount of wildlife was extraordinary, and you could get right up close. This is the famous Blue Footed Booby lolloping over to see what’s going on.

Booby 2

And there’s not many places in the world you can swim with penguins without a wet suit.

Penguin 2

The rays fly round in schools…

School Of Rays

…and the turtles are bigger than Ju.



And now in a brand new feature for The Boatblog ®, a little game called, “Find the Fauna!”

Round 1…

Ray 2

Can you see it?

And for round 2, have you idea what this?

Manta 2

If you said a pair of sharks, go to the bottom of the class. It is in fact a Manta Ray.

And finally, how many marine iguanas can you see in this photo?

Marine Iguana 4

Answers on a postcard please. Anyone with a correct answer gets to take the crew of Domini out for a slap up meal.

And this week’s caption competition.

Finding Nemo



Of course it wouldn’t be a Boatblog ® without an Arty Farty Prize, and in this Pacific Edition we have a number of contenders. First up is Stuart’s, “Flippers!”

Arty Farty Flippers

(Correction – that should of course read “Fins!” Sorry Stuart)

Next we have Lyn’s “Gate!”

Arty Farty Gate

And Ju’s entry is “Pelican!”

Arty Farty Pelican


It’s hard to believe we were only there for a week, and quite impossible to describe how incredible this place is. The pictures don’t do it justice. The Galapagos are islands of superlatives. So get out your David Attenborough box set, brush up your Spanish and come and see them for yourselves.

Muchas Gracias Stuart y Ann.

Hasta Luego.

Ju & Lyn

Whoops – almost forgot the obligatory sunset. Our first over The Pacific.

Sunset Over The Pacific

Old Friends Come To Stay

Welcome back Boatbloggers ®

Of course, when we say “Old Friends Come To Stay,” we don’t mean old as in, ‘of pensionable age.’  We simply mean that we have known them for a long time.

Restaurant 1

Yes, Nicho & Shelagh visited us in Nevis and St Kitts, for a week of fantastic sailing.

Unfortunately, it was really windy.


…which those landlubbers among you might think is what you would want to go sailing. And of course it’s true up to a point.  But sometimes it gets too windy and it’s better to stay at anchor and talk about sailing.

So, we went to a restaurant instead…

Restaurant 3

And then we went to a restaurant.

Restaurant 2

…and then we went…a….


But after that we went to the famous Nevis Botanical Gardens…


..which is mainly famous for it’s…


Cocktail Hour

It’s always nice when old friends can get together, and have long and deep meaningful conversations…

Chatting With Friends

…with people who are somewhere else.

(Are there any photos of you actually not in a restaurant? – Ed)

We saw pineapples growing.


And monkeys.


But sad to say, didn’t actually do a lot of sailing.

For this edition, of the Boatblog ® we have decided to introduce a new competition, called “Showers of the Caribbean.” The first contender is….

Surf Dude Shower

Surfdude Shower 1

Next up is….Canoe Shower

Canoe Shower

Then for those who don’t mind sharing…His & Hers…

Functional Shower

…and finally…Flower Power Shower

Flower Shower

To cast your vote, simply call 0898 898989, and have your credit card ready.

To continue the Bathroom Theme, some of the signs outside the restrooms (that’s toilet to our English readers. Not quite sure why they are called restrooms. Do people go in there to have a rest?) are quite unusual. This was obviously quite an upmarket sort of a place.

Rolls Royce

And this one for some reason seems to be able to detect things that shouldn’t need detecting.

Motion Detector

This next message kind of sums up life in the Caribbean, though it does give a hint of urgency that doesn’t really exist.

Caribbean Message

And in another brand new feature, introduced especially for this edition we would like to present

 The Poor Seamanship Award 2016

And this years unrivalled winner is…

(Pause for fanfare)


…with his splendid entry called “iPhone Beermat.”

Poor Seamanship Award 2016

Yes dear readers, that really is an iPhone 6 being used to protect the cockpit table from a cup of tea. Many of you might think this would actually count as poor landsmanship, but on a boat it is truly spectacular.

Congratulations Nicho!

We have a number of contenders for the arty farty prize. Lyn’s first entry is called simply “Floor.”

Arty Farty Floor 2

That is actually a floor made from coral that they used in one of the (many – we know) restaurants that we went to.

Next up we have, “Kite,” seen at Nevis’ annual Kite Flying Competition.


But the overall winner is Lyn’s “Mailboxes.”


All too soon, Nicho and Shelagh had to wend there way back to The Old Country, while we went North to St Maarten. It was quite a nerve racking trip. Our engine wouldn’t start, so we knew that when we got there we would have to go through the swing bridge under sail to get it into a marina where it could be repaired. Tricky stuff, even for master mariners.

When we got there, Lyn had a fiddle with some of the wires that led to the engine. And lo and behold it just started. Panic over. We’ve no real idea why, but Lyn now reckons she’s a master mechanic.

Fortunately, once we’d moored up, we met Jef from Marine Solutions here in Simpson Baii – and he really IS a master mechanic.


His last job was in Portsmouth working with the America’s Cup team. Ju told him that next time he is over, he should mention that he has been working in Domini to Ben Ainslie. It might help.

Next we are going to be sailing to Santa Cruz in The Galapagos Islands. That’s thousands of miles away from here. To find out how we manage it, make sure you order your next instalment of…


Vaarwel for now.

Ju & Lyn

St Maarten (Dutch side)


We hope you manage to receive this blog. Internet connections aren’t always that great.

Wireless Internet

Same Places, New Faces

This week we were visited by Rory and Zoe,


…and we once again went round all the places we went to with James & Emma, Alice & Ben. In an exciting new development for the Boatblog, Rory has made a video of highlights from the trip.

So without more ado, I hand you over to our guest blogger, Rory.


What’s dad looking at?


It was good to be able to spend some family time together.


And here are a few contenders for this instalments Arty Farty Prize.


And here’s a picture of Zoe.




We have a crew!

Yes Boatblog ® fans, we are no longer double handed.

We have been joined first by James & Emma,

James  Emma 2

…and a couple of days later by Alice & Ben.

Ben  Alice 2

So, with our new crew aboard and raring to go…


…our first stop was Hillsborough, capital city of Carriacou.


Hillsborough High Street – James has this fancy app on his phone which makes his photos look like Cuba in the 50’s.

It was here that we found Deefer Divers, so we took our crew underwater. Alice has been SCUBA diving before, but for the rest of them it was the first time.

 Getting Ready to Dive

It’s fair to say, that Emma didn’t enjoy it that much. In fact, that’s probably a bit of an understatement. She hated it. Which I guess shouldn’t have been too much of a surprise given that she doesn’t really like snorkelling. But fair play to her – she gave it a go.

We dove/dived (which is it?) off a little atoll called Sandy Island. The water was unbelievably clear. 

 Cool Diving Photo 1

But let us introduce you to the new crew.

JAMES was really keen this year to get more involved with the handling of the boat, and to do some of the sailing, and we agreed to capture pictures of him in action. Here is a short selection…

James In Action 1


James In Action 2


James In Action 3


Then there is BEN. Ben loves to swim. And eat. In fact it is believed that he part fish…

Ben 2

… part wolf.

Ben has a healthy appetite

But it’s not all just muscle on board. We also have glamour.

The girls


From Carriacou we headed up to Petit St Vincent in The Grenadines. Nearby is a perfect deserted Robinson Crusoe Island called Morpion, which we re-christened The Heap of Sand.

The Heap of Sand 2

It looks a bit like the old Apple screensaver. Here is the Captain and Crew,

The Heap of Sand

 … or The Caribiners as we now call ourselves.


Of course we just had to go back to the Tobago Cays to snorkel with the turtles. 

Turtle 1

James has another fancy app on his phone which turns his photos into an iPhone screensaver.

Turtle 5

The Tobago Cays are not only famous for the turtles, but also the lobster barbecues.


Lobster  Before


Lobster  After

They couldn’t really be any fresher.

The best way to get around the Cays is by canoe.

Canoe Team

Ju always goes in the back so Lyn can’t see if he’s paddling.

Then from Tobago Cays to Mayreau, once again seen through the lens with the 50’s Postcard filter.


The main village is at the top of a steep hill.

A steep climb

A very steep hill.

A steep climb 2

It was soon time to return to Grenada so that our new crew could get their flights back to the cold and wet. But before they left, Grenada had plenty to offer. There are the famous underwater statues…

Statues 2


Statues  Mermaid

and James.

Statues 4

We swam in the waterfalls…

Waterfall 1

Ben jumped in, which was pretty brave,


Waterfall Jump  Before

…and a shame that the camera missed it.

Waterfall Jump  after

Fortunately, Ju’s photographer was a bit better.

Waterfall Hero

We ventured deep into the reforest, and discovered some strange and exotic creatures,

Creatures of the Rainforest,

…painted rocks,

Painted Rocks

…and a chocolate factory, with the world’s biggest bar of chocolate. 6lbs in fact.

Big Chocolate

One each then.

Then back to St George’s where we anchored the boat, and James took another 50’s postcard photo of The Carenage.

The Carenage

But now it is time for the usual Arty Farty photograph competition. With so many crew, we have a number of strong contenders. 

Arty Farty Branch


Arty Farty Cool Diving Photo 2


Arty Farty Turtles


Arty Farty Patriotic Palm Tree

PATRIOTIC TREE (Red, yellow & green are Grenada’s national colours, and come independence day, everything gets painted)

Arty Farty Tighrope Man


Arty Farty Waterfall 2


To register your vote please write on the back of a cheque for at least four figures, made payable to the Cayman Island Superyacht account.

Of course it wouldn’t be a true Boatblog ® without a gratuitous sunset…

Gratuitous Sunset

…and a selfie.

Waterfall Selfie

So we say a sad goodbye to our crew for now. But next week we are joined by Rory and Zoe for more adventures on the High Seas.

Yea mon.


Ju & Lyn

Deja Vu

Hello again Boatbloggers ® and welcome back to another exciting adventure on the Seven Seas,

We call this episode Deja Vu because we have a strange feeling that we have been here before, which is no doubt because we have. We are following in the wake of our last voyage down the Caribbean, and heading south from St Lucia to Grenada where we are going to pick up our new crew; James & Emma and Alice & Ben.

But first we did a tour of St Lucia. It is strange, given that we spent such a long time here last year, that we didn’t get to see that much of the island. So we decided to put that right, booked a taxi and went exploring.

No trip to St Lucia would be complete without seeing Les Pitons (French for ‘The Pitons.’)

The Pitons

Two fossilised heaps shaped by many years of erosion, with The Pitons in the background. (Boom tisch!) We know it looks like Ju is falling over, but the road was on a bit of a slope.

Then on to the Drive-In Volcanos…

Volcano 2

The key thing to notice in the sign above is the word, “sulphur.” The steaming rocks may look impressive…


…but it is the stench that is truly awe-inspiring.

Nevertheless, Ju decided to brave the mud baths. Apparently, the minerals in the mud make you look ten years younger, so he went in twice. 


It’s hard to believe that this youthful specimen is actually 95.

Ju has a natural way with animals. This little bird came and drank the milk for his coffee…

Cheeky Bird

…and he wrestled this boa constrictor into submission.

Snake Man

But enough of this messing about. We’ve got to get south to meet our crew.

First stop was Bequia. It was quite a tough sail coming down; strong wide on the nose, but we’re getting use to that. Note the three reefs in the mainsail…

Coming into Bequai

It may look calm here, but we’ve just come round the corner into the bay.

Not everyone made it.


But after a long day, we arrived safely.

Ju waving while Lyn does all the work

The Captain found time to wave to the crowds, while the Crew carry on working.

The boat in before us had caught a fish.

Catch of the Day

Seems a shame really.

But then after just few days re-provisioning, re-fuelling and watering, we set sail again for Grenada, where we met many old friends from our last trip. We took them out for a day’s sail.

Party Boat

We also went for lunch with Chris and Helen Tibbs on their boat Taistealai. Chris was our (totally brilliant) weather router when we crossed the Atlantic, and has been selected for the Swiss Olympic Sailing Team in Rio. Now that we’ve done over 17,000 nautical miles, he wanted to meet up to get a few tips before the Games.

One night, we went to the movies.

A night at the movies

Our group were the only ones in the cinema. It was like our own private viewing. (Hail Caesar, in case you’re interested. It’s great fun – go and see it if you get a chance.)

But before we close, here’s one last gratuitous shot of Domini racing into Bequia, included mainly because we paid 50EC$ to the bloke who took it.

Photographer s choice

Avast! No more blogging. We have just a couple of days to get the boat ready for the new crew’s arrival.

Bye for now


Ju & Lyn



To Antigua and Beyond…

Hello Boatbloggers ® and welcome this year’s first edition,

When we last wrote, we were stuck in the Virgin Islands waiting for a decent weather window to get to Antigua. Well, the wind never did quite come from where we wanted it to, but we set off anyway, thinking that the rainbow was a good omen.

Rainbow 2

We decided to break the trip up with a stop at St Maarten. (I’m not sure if I’ve mentioned it before, but in case not, it was here that we came FIRST in the Heineken Regatta.)

A lot of other people had the same idea, including Steve Jobs. Well, probably not him personally seeing as how he’s dead, but nevertheless he parked his $100,000,000 superyacht next to ours. I expect he wanted to make a good impression.


The iBoat.

Very nice, though to be honest, we though it just looked like a big iPhone 6. Apparently, to make it work you have to keep switching it on and off.

In case you didn’t know, St Maarten is split down the middle and is half dutch and half French. This time we spent more time on the French side of the island than the Dutch side. The food was better, but there were less tulips.

St Maarten


We couldn’t stay long. We had a flight to catch, so after just a few days we set sail again to Antigua. Once again we were beating all the way. You would think you’d get used to it. But you don’t…

We anchored up in Jolly Harbour, and it was here that we realised our transmission had gone. This meant we couldn’t motor forward, and had to go everywhere in reverse. As Ju thought, it was the drive cone and shifter that were knackered. These are relatively small parts costing a few hundred dollars. Unfortunately, being a boat, the only way to get at them is to take the boat out of the water, at enormous expense.


Once you’ve done that you then have to take the engine out, then the sail drive and finally you can begin work on what is otherwise a relatively simple job. But not one for Ju.

So we got Ivan at Extreme Marine to do it.


 And that is how a $200 lump of metal no bigger than your fist ends up costing two thousand dollars to replace. No wonder Ivan is smiling.

Fellow cruisers – Ivan is brilliant. If you need a repair doing in Jolly Harbour, go and see this man!

While Ivan was busy mending our boat, we flew home for Christmas. We’d rented a cottage down in Devon, and had a week there with all the family.



It was nice going for walks along the English beaches. Now I’m not one to criticise the Old Country, but…


Barbuda 2


Devon Beach 1

There is a major sea pollution issue in Teignmouth, caused not as you would expect by oil spills and the like, but by something much more insidious…

Naughty Gulls 

Sadly we had to leave England, and head back to the Caribbean.(Aaaaah.) Unfortunately Domini was still out of the water, so we decided to go to Montserrat while Ivan carried on with the tricky stuff. We had passed it last year and anchored offshore, but had not been able to land because the anchorage was deep and not well protected. This time we decided to go by ferry, and stay at a place called Gingerbread Hill. It was delightful.

Montserat 4


Montserrat was devastated a few years ago when the volcano erupted. That’s it you can see blowing out smoke behind us.


It’s still active, and they won’t let you get too close.

No Entry

Though a bit of prosecution is probably the least of your worries if the volcano goes off.

This is all that is left of Plymouth, the capital city. It’s been buried under dust. It’s tragic when you see the photos of how it was before.

Capital  Plymouth

And this was one of the island’s famous luxury 5* hotels, The Montserrat Springs.

Luxury Hotel 1

Ju found this in one of the rooms.

Luxury Hotel 2

Dear Room Maintenance. There appears to be a volcano in my room.

The swimming pool was no longer so inviting.

Luxury Hotel 3

And this is all that is left of the George Martin’s legendary Air Studios, Montserrat.

Air Studios

This is where the likes of Sting, Paul McCartney, Stevie Wonder and now Ju have recorded.

Julian Ronnie.LIVE at Air Studios Montserrat.mp3

It might be that Ju is now one of a very few select group of musicians who have recorded at all three Air Studios. He has recorded at Air on Oxford Street, Air Lyndhurst and now this. Not one to brag, but….

It’s a lovely island, with charming and it must be said, resilient people, and we were sorry to leave.

Montserat 8

Which we did on a plane as the ferries weren’t running.

A very small plane.

Plane 1

A Smart car of planes.

And so back to Antigua, where Domini was now back in the water.


And so were we…


One way or another.


Ju met with Gavin on Secret Smile, who is a fantastic jazz sax player, and they did a few gigs together.


Gavin used to be a Major in the British Army, so if the audience didn’t clap he could kill ’em. Of course it’s not all glamour.

Gig set up

One day we’ll have roadies.

But now we have to make our way south to Grenada, because James and Emma are coming out to visit us again. 

First stop Guadeloupe.

Which is tres Francais.

French Market

We could be in St Tropez.

Guadeloupe 1

We couldn’t stay too long, as we needed to move on to avoid a storm, and so here we are, back where our Caribbean adventure began in December 2015 – St Lucia.

Rodney Bay1

And this episode’s arty farty prize is a tie between Ju and Lyn. Bottle Bank and Rainbow.

Bottle Bank


Arty Rainbow

Yea Mon.


Ju & Lyn