s/y Nine of Cups
The Leeward Islands - Anguilla
2002
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Anguilla facts...
Colonized by English settlers from Saint Kitts in 1650, Anguilla was administered by
Great Britain until the early 19th century, when the island - against the wishes of the
inhabitants - was incorporated into a single British dependency, along with Saint
Kitts and Nevis. Several attempts at separation failed. In 1971, two years after a
revolt, Anguilla was finally allowed to secede; this arrangement was formally
recognized in 1980, with Anguilla becoming a separate British dependency.

Capital:  The Valley
Population: ~7,500
Total area: 35 sq miles; about half the size of Washington, DC
Currency: US $$
Language: English
Lowest point: Caribbean Sea 0 m
Highest point: Crocus Hill 65 m
It is the most northerly of the Leeward Islands in the Lesser Antilles.
Leaving Virgin Gorda, BVIs, the weather called for
northeast winds, 15-20K…though not quite sailable, a
good motor sail.  75 miles…should be in by 7-8am
latest.  Winds were somewhere around 25-35 knots,
more on the nose than not, with 7-9’ seas. Marcie was
sick most all the way and according to David, even
heaved stuff she’d eaten in the DR!  The trip took 20
long hours and finally...Anguilla.

After the long sail and challenge with the windlass, we
still had to clear into Immigration and Customs…a new
country…a British Colony.  What a pleasant surprise.
Though a Sunday, we weren’t charged overtime as
most ports do and because we were the owners of a
private yacht , we were charged nothing at all for
clearing in and out including a cruising permit for other
Anguillan ports.  Needless to say,  though tired, hungry
and frustrated, we were pleased!
The local police approached the boat soon after we had
dropped anchor to inform us we needed to move as a local
regatta was about to begin.
Anguilla reminded us a bit  of the Bahamas. A slow
pace, not many services available, people friendly, but
reserved. The gingerbread architecture was
representative of the area. We arrived on Sunday and
the next day was a national holiday, Whit Monday, so
what few shops were there were closed. We tried to
buy bread in a small grocery, but were told “No
bread today!”.
We were able to get a cruising permit for
Crocus Bay and visited Roy’s Place, an
English pub on the beach and a popular
haunt for cruisers.  In addition to draught
beer and reasonably good food, they
have an outstanding book swap and a
friendly bird.
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