Our 2002 Hylas 46

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Back on the water.....

I have been remiss at publishing the blog but we have been busy and internet connections run on Caribbean speeds!

After a 2 ½ week trip home for Christmas where we loved seeing family and friends, we were less than thrilled with the arctic weather – I guess when you book a winter vacation home, you have to expect that Montreal will roll out the red carpet and give you EVERYTHING that it can for your visit!!! We certainly got our moneys worth!

Santa made a showing as ALWAYS! 

Great Grandma GiGi and Clara!

Eliane and Kat ....

Cedrick and Stephen

We arrived back in Antigua just in time for New Years celebrations in English Harbour … as it turned out the highlight of the evening wasn’t the fireworks and singing at midnight or the decorated yachts which were great but the taxi ride from Jolly Harbour to English Harbour. The cab driver was quite proud to announce that he had been smokin’ weed since he was a teen and he was now almost seventy and still going strong! Well that ride was a ride of a lifetime for the crew of Cassiopee, Hope and Ambition. Not once but numerous times our lives flashed before us …. Marie-Josee asked for the front seat … at one point we overhear her ask if there are airbags in the van …. Uhhhhh nope! WOW that was incredible …. Incredible that we lived through the 45 minutes of the devil driver!  Rum did eventually calm the rattling knees mind you!

Well boat projects are never far away and after settling back in to the boat, we moved from Jolly to Falmouth to have the genoa furler put back together. Thanks Belinda from Shelburne Shipyard for getting all the parts and pieces together for us and the folks at Antigua Rigging for making the install straightforward. Pulled the headstay off the boat, took the sta-lock fitting apart – torches, BIG wrenches and brute strength and experience was what it took! All back together in less than a few hours and running well. This project corrected a problem that would have allowed the furling foil to become separated from the furling drum – not  a good thing!

Of special note, for the furler repair we were tied right next to a mtor yacht called Limitless. The yacht is owned by the gentleman who built a little company called Victoria Secret. He purchased Limitless for US$100 million …. I wonder how many thongs and bras that represents! Anyway … I checked regularly while we were there and not a model was to be seen ….

Front third of Limitless...

and the middle piece!

Model walkway perhaps....

Heard that this was a Google sailing yacht
Of course there were, as always some other beautiful yachts as Antigua Yacht Club.


Trendy indeed

A Sunroof motor cat.... boxy???? 

We went back to Jolly to reprovision the boat with groceries, rum wine and beer and while there Cassiopee suggested that the three Hylas crews get together for a cooking lesson and dinner at Nicole’s Table. Now this was an experience! So the plan is we show up at Nicoles home before lunch, atop a hill overlooking St. Johns Harbour – spectacular home and view. Nicole will show us how to prepare our full 4 course dinner. Everyone gets an apron and an opportunity to participate.

·      coconut crisps
·      plantain chips deep fried with zesty sour cream dip
·      jerk chicken in marinade
·      pineapple salsa
·      red beans and rice
·      coconut custard tart

There is only one rule around the kitchen at Nicole’s – all the cutting and chopping gets done and the knives put away BEFORE the rum punch is served! Good rule!

Well lots of peppers, spices, limes and herbs make the kitchen smell delicious. When all was finally put out to eat I can say that Nicole did an amazing job at keeping all of us on track and focused – the entire meal was outstanding. We sat on the balcony with a beautiful view and enjoyed the meal that we helped prepare.  Nicole’s family joined us to eat, and the stories and laughs around the table were delightful. The rum punch was excellent and we even learned how to make that – considering we blew through the two batches she prepared in advance! Well Done Nicole! 

chefs Coleen, JF and MM

Nicole in blue...

What a team! 

rub the chicken! 

Do I look like my little brother or what!!!  frightening ... sorry Mark

making of the tarts!

Red Beans and rice with coconut milk

Dinner time .... YESSSS

And the view

more view

and still more!!!

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