It’s Wednesday morning here in Falmouth Antigua and more boats from the Salty Dawg Rally are arriving each day. We have lots of special events planned including some happy hour gatherings and our “famous” arrival dinner scheduled for Monday. It will be held at Boom, part of the Admiral’s Inn right in the historic Nelson’s Dockyard. It’s a remarkable venue and co-owners Astrid and her brother Paul have gone out of their way to make us feel right at home. You can’t beat this spot, with a front row seat to the history of the British Navy in Lord Nelson’s time. And, a view of historic ruins of the dockyard’s sail loft. I challenge you to find a more iconic vista anywhere else in the Caribbean. English harbor and the Dockyard from nearby Shirley Heights. Yes, it’s been a lot of work pulling all of this together on such short notice but things have come together very nicely. We won’t have the entire fleet with us on Monday when we have our arrival dinner but I feel pretty good that the bulk of the boats will be able to make it.
A number of the Dawgs have opted to tie up at the Antigua Yacht Club Marina in Falmouth, along with Pandora. Here’s the view that greeted me today while I sat in the cockpit with my morning coffee. Speaking of coffee, I’m out of decaf so watch out. Caffeine and me? Not a great combination. However with all that’s going on, perhaps I’ll need a bit of a boost to keep up.
All I can say is it’s great to be here with all the other Dawgs. Let the fun begin!