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Sunday in Antigua They Party At Shirely Heights
April is the big sailing month in Antigua so we are dedicating this issue of CC to the island. You will see below reports from the Classic Yacht regatta, a video of the classics racing and a recipe for delicious Caribbean jerk chicken. There is the big Classic Yacht Regatta going on this week and next week the hot shot racers come to the island for the annual Sailing Week. All of this is based in and around English Harbour and Falmouth Harbour. To say that sailors in Antigua for the April regattas like to party would be an understatement. There is something going on somewhere every night. But, the longest running party in the sailing capital of the Caribbean is Sunday night music and barbecue at Shirely Heights. The old fort is the southernmost point on the island and looks down from atop the great hill on English Harbour in the foreground and Famouth just beyond. Sunday at Shirely Heghts is an all island party that attracts locals, sailors and some tourists. The music is reggae and rock that you can dance to and the jerk chicken and ribs are spicy and hot. Oh, and they have rum, beer and wine on hand, too. If it’s Sunday, we’ll see you at Shirely Heights.
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You want to go for an overnight boat adventure, but it’s hot out there, even on the water. During the day, no problem, there is wind, a bimini, swimming to keep you cool, but at night, when you want to sleep, the thought of that hot, humid cabin can be a deal killer.
Solution: a small air conditioning system that is perfect for a sleeping cabin, to lower the cabin’s humidity and temperature, to make it comfortable and inviting for a relaxing night.
With a small 115v unit, the current draw is low enough that it can usually be powered by an engine alternator during the day when the engine is running and then from the batteries, through an inverter, at night. You may not need a generator, if you choose the right air conditioning unit.
There are also 12v air conditioning units available, but only one that is really worth looking at, and even then, the cost may make the venture unattainable. To better understand the choices, let’s compare two units:
Climma Compact 4,200 Btu 115v AC unit
Dometic Cuddy II 3,500 Btu 12v DC model
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