Arrival December 2011
Jamaica is an island country situated in the Caribbean Sea, comprising the third-largest island of the Greater Antilles. The island, 10,990 square kilometres (4,240 sq mi) in area and lies about 145 kilometres south of Cuba. Jamaica is the fifth-largest island country in the Caribbean. The indigenous people, the Taíno, called it Xaymaca in Arawakan.
Once a Spanish possession known as Santiago, in 1655 it came under the rule of England, and was called Jamaica. It achieved full independence from the United Kingdom on 6 August 1962. With 2.8 million people, it is the third most populous Anglophone country in the Americas, after the United States and Canada.
Jamaica is a Commonwealth realm with Elizabeth II as Queen of Jamaica and head of state.
It took us 3 days to sail 590NM from Bonaire to Jamaica.
590 nm in 82 hours, not a bad crossing at all, in fact it was rather enjoyable going along with an average speed of 7,5 knots. My usual seasickness lasted for a day and was manageable, I did my watches alright and even the cooking, just something I have to live with. I do not take any drugs and do not like the wrist acupuncture watch Richard bought for me, I just avoid drinking acidic drinks like black tea, coffee or juice, eat things which come up easy, rest and try to keep myself busy. Should someone know of better cure, let me know.
Since the 30th of December, we are anchored in Port Antonio, Errol Flynn Marina, Jamaica. The anchorage is amazingly protected, feels like being on a dock, the water is so calm. We got our inflatable Kajak out and paddled to the reef and Navy Island, used it sometimes even for our shopping trips. The local market is close by and full of fresh produce.
Clive the "Marina-Rasta" delivers to your boat anything you like with a 300 % mark-up. Yesterday he came on his bamboo raft shouting some abuse, he was as high as a kite and almost lost his balance while clinging to our boat. In those situations we just give him a tin of food and off he goes to his waterfront residence, where he lives with 8-16 street dogs. On most days he stops by and you can have a nice conversation with him, so yesterday was one of his high moon days, he mumbled something like he sells the dogs to the Chinese...and other nonsense.
When we first arrived we stopped at Rodney Bay Marina. The bay is located on the north of the island and the marina is in a lagoon reached through a narrow cut.
Arrival December 2010
Clive lived with 20 stray dogs in the mangroves edging our anchorage. Every day he would come begging for food for the dogs which we are sure he wanted for himself. Most of the time he was stoned.