Saint Kitts & Nevis

Government Independent from the United Kingdom since 1983 Saint Kitts and Nevis Flag
Capital Basseterre (on St. Kitts)
Currency East Caribbean Dollar (XCD)
Area 261km2
Population (2005) 42,696
Language English
Islands 2 inhabited
Economy Tourism, hit hard by Hurricane Omar closing down the 4 Seasons hotel in 2008
GDP per Capita $19,500 (65thworldwide)
Links CIA Factbook, Wikipedia Page

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The two islands of Saint Kitts and Nevis are a day sail south of St. Barths and the two are combined to a single nation. Both are volcanic in origin and have impenetrable cloud forests at their summits. My one stay in the main town, Basseterre, on Nevis was very, very short. I sailed into the harbour which looks like a protected anchorage on the western side of the island. I arrived shortly before dusk and there were some large mega yachts anchored there, leading me to believe that the guidebooks might be in error about it being a “rolly” place to spend the night. I anchored and proceeded to prepare dinner and by the time the sun set all of the millionaire's vessel had weighed anchor and disappeared towards Nevis. I later learned why - it was by far the worst night I have ever spent aboard Zanshin as the swell was 90° to the wind and Zanshin I rolled so much that I had to crawl and slide along the cabin floor. The swell period was such that the boat would roll deeper with each wave until one came out of rhythm and the rolling would stop suddenly, only to start again a few seconds later. I swore never again to visit Basseterre

I left for Nevis in the dark as I wasn't getting any sleep and anchored there later. While the anchorage and mooring ball field outside of Charlestown doesn't look at all protected it turns out that this anchorage was one of the best, in terms of wave motion, that I slept in during all the months of travels.

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Sugar Cane Railway This old narrow-gauge railway was used to cart the sugar cane from the fields. After the industry recently collapsed (some say due to inefficiencies after the government took over production) the railway remains in use to carry tourists to and from the city.

[17°22'27.07"N 62°51'10.65"W (facing N)]
Sugar Cane Railway
Basseterre St. Kitts What this picture does not convey is how incredibly rolly this anchorage is.
(2009-03-02 23:32:50 DSC-N2 [f/4.0, 10/1600s] ISO 160)
Basseterre St. Kitts
Sunshine's ashore and cloud forest above"> Sunshine's and Cloudforest Sunshine's bar at the beach underneath the large and imposing volcano, where the tip is always covered by clouds.
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[17°9'11.63"N 62°37'48.72"W (facing E)]
Sunshine's and Cloudforest
Fish trap remains The remaining line and float after I cut it away from the aft of Zanshin I after I wrapped it in the propeller and shaft while motorsailing off Nevis.
(2009-03-06 16:13:44 DSC-N2 [f/4.0, 10/5000s] ISO 160)
Fish trap remains
Nevis mooring field Nevis mooring field
(2009-04-22 17:34:15 DSC-N2 [f/8.0, 10/8000s] ISO 160)
Nevis mooring field
Cloudforest on Nevis The setting sun highlights the cloudforest overlooking the island of Nevis.
(2011-05-11 18:10:00 NIKON D7000 with a "18.0-200.0 mm f/3.5-5.6" lens. [f/3.5, 1/80s] ISO 100 Focus 7.94m)
Cloudforest on Nevis
Charlestown waterfront The long concrete waterfront with flags in Charlestown, Nevis.
(2014-03-22 13:25:51 NIKON D7100 with a "18.0-250.0 mm f/3.5-6.3" lens. [f/8.0, 1/160s] ISO 100)
Charlestown waterfront
Pelican at sunset This picture was more of a coincidence than a plan. We'd jumped out of the bar at Sunshine's on the beach at Nevis in order to catch a picture of the setting sun, and I moved off at an angle to see if I could get both Arita and Zanshin I in the same frame and was pressing the shutter button when this pelican dove into the picture.

[17°9'9.77"N 62°37'43.54"W (facing W)]
Pelican at sunset
Brimstone Fortress chapel The old chapel at Brimstone Fortress

[17°20'45.98"N 62°50'5.47"W (facing W)]
Brimstone Fortress chapel
Brimstone Fortress main entrance The main fort at the top of hill of Brimstone Fortress with perhaps the prettiest Caribbean flag flying proudly above it.

[17°20'50.79"N 62°50'9.25"W (facing N)]
Brimstone Fortress main entrance
Brimstone Fortress upper cannons The cannons on the uppermost level of Brimstone Fortress on St. Kitts covered all angles of approach, be it from land or sea.

[17°20'52.37"N 62°50'7.63"W (facing NE)]
Brimstone Fortress upper cannons
St. Kitts village St. Kitts village

[17°24'12.31"N 62°47'22.64"W (facing E)]
St. Kitts village
Basseterre Clock Tower If only the clock were actually working!
(2014-03-20 14:25:21 NIKON D7100 with a "18.0-250.0 mm f/3.5-6.3" lens. [f/5.0, 1/200s] ISO 100)
Basseterre Clock Tower
Sugar cane crushing mill Sugar cane crushing mill

[17°24'54.21"N 62°48'35"W (facing NE)]
Sugar cane crushing mill
Basseterre independance square The fountain at the centre of Independance Square in Basseterre on St. Kitts
(2014-03-20 14:33:04 NIKON D7100 with a "18.0-250.0 mm f/3.5-6.3" lens. [f/5.0, 1/320s] ISO 100)
Basseterre independance square
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