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Thursday, November 01, 2012

November 1, 2012-Scotland Bay

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Wings in Scotland Bay, Trinidad

I fell in love with this place the first time I saw it, coming in through the Boca on that morning in May with the soaring birds overhead and a new country on our horizon; there it was off to the left, a small bay, surrounded by mountains and green trees and shimmering blue waters and a few anchored sailboats, passing by us without fanfare, not mentioned in the guide books. But it captured me; it looked stunning on that morning back then on our arrival to Trinidad, and it still does.

So we came again to Scotland Bay now, in October, when the moon is full and the season beginning to turn and we dropped the hook and it is a magical place with mountains on three sides, four if you count the dog leg on the way in, and no houses, just birds circling and fishes surfacing with a gentle swish. It is Nature.

There are three or four boats sharing Scotland Bay with us, a German boat way back at the head of the bay, keeping to themselves, and a Santa Cruise 70 called Hotel California, anchored near us; the captain, Steve, is painting the deck. Off the point an Alajuela from Portland is swinging quietly and in the mouth there is a converted minesweeper with a Dutch family aboard.

I think for a moment that this crowd here is not your normal Caribbean anchorage crowd but maybe it is: international, varied, everyone here for their own reasons, intentionally away from the normal Caribbean social scene. Maybe those of us who cherish and seek quiet places like Scotland Bay are as much a part of the scene as the crowds in places like Chaguaramas and Prickly Bay.

Scotland Bay itself is a good anchorage, almost bullet proof, or so it seems today in a Northerly. Maybe in a hurricane wind from the south it would be untenable, I don’t know but now however, while the trade winds are blowing, it seems perfect.

We came for the clean water, to commission the water maker, and to get some peace and quiet after the hustle and bustle of Chag Bay.

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Judy relaxes

Now we don’t want to leave.

Tonight we sat outside after dinner and listened to music on the outside speakers and watched the moon come up over the mountains to the east of us, Harrison Mountain the chart says.

Then came on a song from the past, from our hearts, clear and pure; Pokarekare Ana by Hayley Westerna, the Mauri song from New Zealand, and we cried. It surprised us and hit our emotions. The song matches Scotland Bay.

Life is just too good.

Fred & Judy, SV Wings, Trinidad

Click here for more photos of Judy and of Wings in Scotland Bay.

Click here for other recent photos from Chaguaramas Bay.

Here is Hayley's song:

Click here to read another story about a magical place: Tanjung Ruh

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Blogger Monique Rivers said...

I have been wanting to go for corryvreckan cruises. The scenery is nice and I love nature. I have read a lot on the place. It has a wildlife that's worth checking out too.

25 March, 2014 02:12  

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