Thursday, May 10, 2018

Toyship Adventure position updates

Instead of putting them below the previous post, I will put the coordinates of the little pirate ship here, this is the latest position:
12th May UTC: It is finally escaping Barbados' current, drastically changed course:
Speed: 0.5 knots @ 293.03°
Position at: 12 May 2018 00:00 UTC
Lat/Lon: 13° 23.24 N, 060° 5.57 W

Speed: 0.2 knots @ 6.68°
Position at: 11 May 2018 18:00 UTC
Lat/Lon: 13° 22.15 N, 060° 2.94 W

Speed: 0.2 knots @ 354.36°
Position at: 10 May 2018 06:00 UTC
Lat/Lon: 13° 15.48 N, 060° 3.74 W
As you see it has changed course again.
A speedboat went from Barbados yesterday (9th of May) to look for it but the mission was unsuccessful.
It must have been caught in a massive riptide west of Barbados, once it starts going West again a search mission is ready to start looking from Saint Vincent and the Grenadines.
Here is the link to the map again, battery is almost empty, 3% remaining.
position of "Adventure"

Sunday, May 06, 2018

Little toyship aproaching the Grenadines caught in seaweed or riptide?

A little Playmobil toyship belonging to 2 British brothers aged 8 and 6 that was launched off the coast of Africa is within a 100 mile of St. Vincent and the Grenadines.
The ship, named "Adventure" completed its first 390 mile voyage from Aberdeenshire to Denmark in 2017.
It was then fitted with a tracker sponsored by OPEX group and dropped a 100 miles off Mauretania by the Norwegian square rigger Christian Radich.

The brothers lost track of the little boat for months, but it has recently started transmitting its position.
Adventure has now covered nearly 3000 miles, first coming within a 100 miles off the coast of the Guyanas, and is
now being swept  North West by strong currents towards Saint Vincent and the Grenadines.
Its latest "ping" can be followed via the link below.
position of "Adventure"

It is very possible that the little pirate ship ends up on Petit Tobac just East of the Tobago Cays where part of Pirates of the Caribbean was filmed. That little island is like a magnet for lost stuff, even part of a space ship fell on it some years ago.
And maybe it will make people more aware of how far a piece of plastic can travel!

Update 1: It is now right between Barbados and St. Vincent at
Speed: 0.9 knots @ 341.78°
Position at: 09 May 2018 00:00 UTC
Lat/Lon: 13° 5.87 N, 060° 7.43 W
Update 2: I suppose it has been found or is in a bunch of Sargassum weed, it is travelling at an odd course for a plastic pirate ship!
Speed: 0.4 knots @ 24.92°
Position at: 09 May 2018 18:00 UTC
Lat/Lon: 13° 12.42 N, 060° 4.31 W
Update 3: still on a strange course, it is still East wind there but the ship is travelling almost North:
Speed: 0.3 knots @ 21.36°
Position at: 10 May 2018 00:00 UTC
Lat/Lon: 13° 14.16 N, 060° 3.61 W

Wednesday, May 02, 2018

American Airlines flying to St. Vincent

Great news, American Airlines has added a new route: a direct flight from Miami to St. Vincent.
The scheduled flights will be on Saturdays starting December 22nd 2018 and are expected to be year round.
Flights will be on an Airbus A319 plane.
Tickets will be on sale starting May 14th 2018.
This will make American Airlines the only USA carrier with a regular flight to Argyle International Airport I Saint Vincent and the Grenadines.
Update: according to the Saint Vincent and the Grenadines tourism authority tickets will be on sale starting the 12th of May, and flights are scheduled to begin the 15th of December!

Saturday, April 21, 2018

Icecubes fall from the sky in Martinique

Just an interesting little event that could in theory happen anywhere. This time it was on the 16th of April in Martinique, where a very warm and humid low level air mass from the South East collided with a very cold airmass descending from the North West.
This produced an area of heavy rain and thunderstorms, hanging around for several hours right in the middle of Martinique producing up to 235 mm of rain in 3 hours!
To the surprise of the inhabitants it also rained icecubes. Not rain, not snow, ice.

© MartiniqueLa1ere

Here is the scientific explanation:

So you see, under the very rare but exactly right circumstances this could also happen right here in Bequia!
For now, sunny and warm greetings as usual, Maria

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

The 2017 Hurricane season in the Eastern Caribbean

Hello everybody, for several reasons I was not in Bequia during the past hurricane season, so no first hand reports here. The 2017 hurricane season did have some interesting statistics, which I will summarize here:
There were 17 named storms, normal is about 12. Of these 10 developed into hurricanes, of which 6 became major hurricanes (Lee and Ophelia cat 3, Harvey and Jose cat 4 and Irma and Maria cat 4).
This was not quite a record year, that was 2005 with a whopping 15 hurricanes of which 7 were major. (Total 28 named storms).

Though not record setting in general terms, it was an  extraordinary season for the lesser Antilles,
as this was the first time since reliable record keeping began in 1850 that 3 major hurricanes threatened and impacted the islands in 2 weeks time: Irma (5 and 6 September) and Jose (9 September) in the North and Maria (18th and 19th September) in the center.

Harvey contributed greatly to making 2017 the costliest season on record by its effects on Texas. In the Southern Antilles there was major flooding, this was Bequia:

Irma, a Cape Verdian named hurricane sets several records: as far as we know since 1850  this is the first  hurricane to make landfall in the Lesser Antilles as a category 5.
Irma also sets a record for packing maximum sustained winds of about 300km/h for 75 hours!
With a 295km/h sustained in the Caribbean Sea Irma ranks equal with Gilbert (1988) and Wilma (2005), just after Alan (1980) packing winds of 305km/h.

Maria, named close to Barbados, sets a record for the fastest intensification close to the island chain: from 130km/h to 260km/h in just 24 hours. Maria devastated Dominica.