Mayreau and Union Island

These islands are located just west of Tobago Cays in the middle of the area known as the Grenadines. In this area, there are many nice anchorages and reefs.

Mayreau

After Tobago Cays, we sailed to Mayreau and anchored in Saline Bay. The first anchorage we chose turned out to be located near the harbor and it was an exciting first evening when the ferry came and navigated between the anchored boats. We saw the searchlight light up the boats outside us to find a way to the jetty and a place to turn. During the back maneuver towards the bridge, they drop the anchor and it gets very close to our anchor, so the next day we moved away from the dock.

The ports on the Caribbean islands often consist of a concrete jetty straight out from the beach. The cargo boats back in and tie the stern to the dock with an anchor from the bow.

Mayreau has a fairly protected bay (Saline Bay) where you anchor. There is a small shop and a few restaurants along the street that runs along the beach. In the middle of the bay, there is a small facility where the cruise boats take their guests.

Frigate Island

Union Island is located in the south part of SVG (abbreviation of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines). Clifton is the main town where the airport and customs are located and it is the last place to check out from SVG when sailing south.

Since we had anchored in the bay behind Frigate Island on the south side of Union Island, we had to take the dinghy to Clifton. It is a journey that mostly goes inside a protective reef. We found no way out of the reef directly into Clifton but were forced to drive the last bit in more unprotected water. After checking in, we bought vegetables at the market in Clifton and took the opportunity to eat a good pizza at the restaurant at the marina where we have parked the dinghy.

On the way back we had a hard time finding the passage through the reef and had to go all the way outside the reef and round Frigate Island to get to the boat.

In the bay at Frigate Island people are kite-surfing a lot. The wind blows hard over a protective headland between Union Island and Frigate Island. The whole time we were anchored here we had between 20 and 40 knots of wind. When I snorkeled in the bay I saw long furrows after tugging anchors. It’s only a thin layer of coral sand covering the bottom here. Our anchor hold well and moved only about 1 m during the days we lay here. Having an anchor that does not move is A and O for a good night’s sleep.

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