BVI staff picks Lesley

Recommendations from Lesley Hayes at Horizon Yacht Charters.

It’s the region of big smiles

Lesley is the Reservations Assistant for our busy St Vincent base.  Lesley has lived on the beautiful island of Grenada for 3 years.  She is lucky enough to have also called St Lucia and St Vincent her home islands, too.  Lesley sailed from the UK to Greece – taking in France, Spain, Portugal, the Balearics and Italy along the way.  In 2015, Lesley packed her flip flops and sailed across the Atlantic Ocean in the ARC Rally for Cruisers.   She has never looked back.

I love St Vincent and Grenada because they are not pretentious; they are the real deal

“My STAFF PICK is for cruisers to go and meet the legendary Seckie at Chatham Bay on Union Island.  Seckie and his wife Vanessa have a beach ‘shack’ called Sunbeach and Eat.  To call it a ‘shack’ is probably unfair but it is a real ‘toes in the sand’ kind of experience.  Seckie is such a gem; he will do anything for you.  Even if you want a ride to Customs and Immigration, he will say “Yeah, man, no problem”.  Vanessa kindly donated a couple of limes to our beach cricket team as we had forgotten the ball!  Nothing is a problem for these two and they look after our Horizon guests brilliantly.

You must try their rum cocktails at sunset and listen to the gentle sounds of reggae music drifting across the bay; it sounds cliché’d but it is simply paradise.  You feel like time stands still here.  So you just anchor out in the protected bay and dinghy in.  Just pop your dinghy on the beach.  Seckie and Vanessa listen in on Channel 16.  I tend to eat the lobster when I come here, plus the little conch bites are pretty fantastic for an appetizer”

Fresh lobster is cooked before your very eyes on a huge beach-side grill

Lesley Hayes, Reservations Assistance, Horizon Yacht Charters St Vincent

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