Yippee!-Tobago Cays was next. Then we figured we'd sail north, a little better than 20 miles, to Bequia, explore the island by taxi, then lazily run back downwind the 20-plus miles to Mopion, returning to Union Island, the west side of Mayreau, and, yes, make one more stop at the Cays (hooray!) before returning to the base.
This route meant we'd see the biggest of the southern Grenadine islands (Bequia), the smallest (Mayreau), the prettiest and oddest (Mopion) and the most protected (Tobago Cays) in the area. Good sailing distances and easy gunkholing among islands that seemed even closer to each other than those in the Virgin Islands filled the bill.
Departing Mayreau and threading shallow waters, we motored by Baline Rocks, keeping their hull-munching edges well to port of Galasminda, which flew the French flag of its owner, John Pierre Rennaud. What had appeared before us as one low-lying island gradually gave way to two, and among shores heaped with fishermen's discarded conch shells, we slid silently between Petit Rameau and Petit Bateau.