Back on Board 1/11/2020 whwsailboat 1 views We flew back to Antigua and Kalunamoo on January 7 after our Christmas “vacation” in New York. It was a time of family reunions, dinners and visits with our NY friends (including cruisers we met on our various voyages) and, of course, our doctors. The weather cooperated as there was no snow and temperatures was just above freezing. The later is still too cool for me but I guess that is what overcoats are for. We don’t keep any on Kalunamoo. The above photo montage is a reminder of only some of the family and friends we saw over the holidays. The gifts we exchanged was the time we spent together, something that can’t be ordered online, wrapped with pretty bows, exchanged or discarded when old. Jolly Harbor Marina, Antigua The Christmas Winds came late this year. Before we few to New York, the winds were fairly calm and we even saw some rare westerly breezes. A few days after we returned the trade winds kicked in with winds of 25-30 knots out of the east. They are wrapped in fast moving white clouds and very brief rain showers; great for keeping the boat well ventilated and for us to constantly exercise the hatch openings. These strong winds and accompanying seas are expected to be around through much of January. They are caused by a big high pressure system north of here in the Atlantic. I see on the weather maps that on the other side of this high, along the U.S. northeast coast high winds from the south are forecast. These winds keep most cruisers from going between islands as the sailing becomes very strenuous (to say the least). It may settle somewhat next week and we will leave the protection of Jolly Harbor Marina and start to head south. In the meantime, we take advantage of the time to do minor maintenance (found and plugged a deck leak!). A number of cruisers are here that we know so happy hours, movie nights and gatherings to plan the sailings south abound. Leak Detection DepartmentIt is the now the high season in the Caribbean as anchorages, resorts, beaches and restaurants fill up with those who escape, even for a short period, the cold of the north. By May they will migrate north again along with the whales in the ocean. The “locals” recover from the onslaught while keeping an eye out for hurricanes. Tourism is really the most lucrative, if not the only, source of foreign income. The islands absorb these yearly migrations well as many know the marketing value of a clean environment. The disposal of garbage however is a major hurdle. The piles of plastic and trash in many places is an ongoing problem. Paradise is, of course, in the eye of the beholder. Sure, there are other problems here and there is no place of refuge for politics. I, for one however, am glad I don’t need an overcoat.Please note that the host of this blog and the Kalunamoo website is closing soon. This will be the last blog here and I hope the new Kalunamoo web site and blog will be up and running soon. Unfortunately, all the old blog posts will not be transferred although I do have them on my computer. The address for the new blog should remain as Kalunamoo.com and our email address does not change.