Weather on this rally was the least of our worries. Flight plan filing, custom clearing and refuelling was the only concern. In Dominican Republic, filing flight plans is a long process. Flight plans must be delivered to the tower and information is entered manually. Pilots wait in the aircraft, engine running, ready to go as soon as clearance is granted.
From El Catey, most pilots will fly to Aguadilla Puerto Rico for refuelling. Refuelling there meant filing an EAPIS and clearing customs but without much traffic it ended up being a fast and pleasant turnaround.
The flight to Nevis was very smooth and we landed right on time at the Vance W. Amory International Airport
We are back !!! In Nevis, you are only a stranger ONCE! This was our second year. Stephen Henley, airport manager was waiting with his usual wonderful smile. Last year’s experience with the air rally had helped establish a fast and efficient procedure to expedite airport and customs clearance.
We returned to our favourite Mount Nevis hotel, set on beautiful grounds with a spectacular view and great cuisine. This 100 square kilometers island is remarkably unspoiled. Except for the Four Seasons, there are no resorts in the island. Most accommodations are beautifully restored sugar mills British style mansion, deserted by plantation owners. Nevis makes you feel as if you are in an enchanted island looking back to the past. Though there are plenty of beautiful deserted beaches to enjoy, Nevis is more than a Caribbean beach experience…. the wildlife is overwhelming: giant frogs, plenty of hummingbirds and the popular Vervet monkeys adored by tourists, not so much by locals…
In the evening the group was cordially invited by Minister Brantley (Tourism) to a cocktail reception at the Lime Beach Bar (Liming means hanging out). Great tropical “Jazzique” band, super food and a spectacular performance offered by Nevis kids dressed in beautiful colorful costumes. There we met the locals who joined us for the party.
The next morning, Richard, Flight formation specialist offered a introductory clinic followed by a practice at the airport.
On this picture above, Marc from Ontario mastering the technique with Richard and Steve.
Ladies stayed at the hotel to enjoy breakfast by the pool. After lunch most took a tour of the Golden Rock trail or visited Charlestown, the capital.
Younger ones experienced the hefty challenging climb of Nevis Peak,
In the evening many went to the BBQ live band night at Nisbet Plantation Beach Club . Others preferred to relax and enjoy dinner at the Mount Nevis hotel. Nevis is a beautiful natural and authentic Caribbean Island. The people are wonderful and welcome visitors with open arms: “Welcome and DO come again, remember you are only a stranger here once.”
Friday, no stress, beautiful weather again. We will reach Martinique in no more than 1 hour.