Tuesday was spent shopping for meat, that is apparently hard to come by in Tobago ……….we’ll see.

After collecting the spare auto helm bolts, that we got a local turner in a disused container to make for us, and placing an order for an mppt controller for the solar panels, we were ready to check out at Immigration and Customs.

Despite the fact that we are in a two island state, we have to check in and out when moving between the islands……….not only that, but we have to check out of the south end of Tobago in Scarborough, before checking in again at Charlotteville in the north…………all of a 20 mile sail!!
We set off at 2000hrs on the high tide from Chaguaramas and passed through the Grand Bocca with the tide with us. The current between the Trinidad and Tobago flows east to west at as much 3 knots, but luckily we got some local advice to hug the north coast as close as 100yds from shore, where we picked up a counter current that swept us along towards ‘Galleons Passage’, where we turned and headed across to Tobago.

We had a clear night with little swell and arrived to drop anchor by 0800 in Store Bay.. It’s good to be travelling again.

The whole reason for coming to Tobago was to meet up with our pilot friend, Keith, who had a flight to Tobago with a week’s stop over. After completing the entry formalities, we returned to the boat, which is moored directly infront of the crew’s hotel and waited for Keith’s flight to arrive.
The hotel the crew stay in is called the Coco Reef and some of it’s more famous guests include Elton John, President Obahma and Charles and Camilla!

Just arrived.....Alex struggling to acclimatise to the heat!

Just arrived…..Alex struggling to acclimatise to the heat!

It’s been great being able to moor the dinghy in their lagoon and spend time with Keith in luxury!

Coco Reef's beach inside the lagoon.

Coco Reef’s beach inside the lagoon.

Wednesday evening, Keith and Alex treated us to a meal in the hotel restaurant. On Thursday evening we met up with everyone at the local pizza place and then back to the hotel for drinks.

View across the hotel's lagoon to IK.

View across the hotel’s lagoon to IK.

When we eventually returned to the dinghy we discovered that the swell had got up and because we hadn’t dragged it far enough up the beach, it had been swamped! So after retrieving the petrol can that had floated off along the beach, and searching fruitlessly for the bailer we set to, to try to get the water out of the boat. Half an hour later we managed to float and launch, but we were completely soaked…………lesson learnt…….always drag that extra metre up the beach!

At 10 o’clock on Friday morning, we took the dinghy over to the hotel and started ferrying the crew out to the boat, ready for a day sail around to the next bay and a picnic and swim at anchor.

All aboard for the skylark!

All aboard for the skylark!

Picnic on the foredeck.

Picnic on the foredeck.

It was a perfect day and everyone enjoyed themselves.

Captain Byron being forced to walk the plank!

Captain Byron being forced to walk the plank!

It’s lovely to be able to entertain such seasoned travellers as air crew.

Just before splashdown.

Just before splashdown.

Roger, Andy, Keith, Marcus and Richard on the floating picnic table in Mount Irving Bay.

Roger, Andy, Keith, Marcus and Richard on the floating picnic table in Mount Irving Bay.

A great day was had by all.

Returning to IK at sunset.

Returning to IK at sunset.

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