Leavin’ Grenada & the Grenadines

We left Prickly Bay with some rather dark clouds over the centre of the island but great winds for sailing.Coming past St George we knew this was the last time we would see it for some time. Grenada has been a great place to spend hurricane season but we are definitely ready to move north and enjoy some other Caribbean islands.  P1040060P1040057

 

 

 

 

 

The sail across to Tyrrel Bay, Carricou was great, not too rough for our guests. P1040061

We caught a barracuda fish and so filleted it and got it ready for fish cakes. Yummy! Hope there’s more fish out there for us.

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Yes we have good meals on board. Even the Stacks were impressed.

 

 

We stopped at Clifton, Union Island to check in and then move onto Tobago Cays. Such a nice day. Always fun sitting up front on the chairs admiring the views. P1040073P1040076

 

 

Snorkeling around Petit Tabac, Tobago Cays did not disappoint as there great coral and fish life in the really clear waters. We snorkeled to shore and while walking the beach imagined Johnny Depp filming Pirates of the Caribbean. Shame he wasn’t here now! Great little island to just hang out and watch the day disappear. There are a lot more boats in Horseshoe Reef compared to last week so nice to spend the day at Petit Tabac island with no crowds.

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We arrived in Admiralty Bay, Bequia after passing the western point of the island with the ship still sitting on the rocks since January and the unusual cave-like dwellings in the cliffs called the Moonhole. We anchored off St Margaret’s beach with those beautiful green waters beckoning us in. We have never seen the water flowing in to St Margaret’s beach as a wave.  P1040091

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Bequia is always a great place to go kayaking (esp. when its as calm as it is today), wander the streets, meet the locals, buys provisions and go out for a meal.

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We sailed along the coast of St Vincent stopping in Chateaubelair, which lies at the base of Soufriere, St Vincent’s volcano. We went for lunch ashore at The Beach Front Restaurant, which was really reasonably priced and had great views around the bay. The trip ashore in the dingy was a real treat given the tide.   P1040125P1040123

 

 

 

 

 

Off to St Lucia.

Fun with The Stacks

After setting sail from St George, Grenada we went up the coast to Moliniere underwater sculpture park in search of sculptures.imageimage

 

 

 

 

 

We then continued on to Carricou, Tyrrel Bay for some local food. Those open air restaurants are always a treat.
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White island off Carriacou was cute. We went snorkeling for lobster but were unsuccessful, a lot harder than you think it should be. We all enjoyed wandering on the white sandy beach and relaxing in the sun. P1030931

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Halloween was a treat at Petit St Vincent. Megan and Tyler hunted for treasure hidden in all sorts of spots around the boat.

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At Clifton, Union Island we met Herman who took us around the local markets and showed Tyler how to play a steel pan. He owns a fruit & Vege store which Signa runs so of course we had to buy a few things, as you do, to support the locals. The golden apple cut up with salt & pepper and a little chopped onion was tasty.

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Tobago Cays and Petit Tabac were amazing with nice clear waters and great snorkeling. Brett and Dave got the wind surfer out at Horseshoe reef while we snorkeled and relaxed on Jamesby, one of the nice white sandy beaches. Good form boys……brought back memories for them both. P1030988P1030984

 

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Salt Whistle Bay on Mayreau was nice and calm and so picturesque with the palm trees and white sandy beach.

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Jen and Richard from Our Rose came into the bay not long after we had dropped anchor. We all enjoyed a feast of lobster and steak followed up with Chocolate cake. Yum.P1040007P1040014

We sailed north to Bequia where we enjoyed a couple of meals out (Devils Table was delicious), wandered the main street with the vendor stores, provisioned and went to the Old Hegg Turtle Sanctuary, which was really interesting meeting “Brother” King. He raises Hawksbill turtles hatchlings and releases them into the waters in the Grenadines. To date he has released 913 turtles. Always fun in Bequia.

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The crew were awesome all trying different jobs on S/ Wave.

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We also had lots of help in the kitchen over the two weeks to cook some yummy meals!

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The weather on the whole was pretty good so we could get out and do some snorkeling, sunbathing and surfing behind the dingey. Go Tyler. A few burnt bodies but lots of smiling faces.

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We did come across a few nasty squalls which added to the excitement.

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The sailing back to Tyrrel Bay and to Grenada were great. We had great winds and nice clear visibility, even spotted a few turtles. We came down the windward side of Grenada which was nice for a change.

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Great times with good friends. They all left with smiles and eager for a nice long shower at their hotel in Miami. P1040050

 

Great friends in Prickly Bay

Well we have met some great friends over the past few months in Prickly Bay, before leaving for our holiday and again on return.

We met Outsider, Wendy and Ian up the chain who have been so helpful and are an awesome couple who have been sailing for years. They are heading back to the Pacific and we hope that one day we will meet up with them again. Maybe when they go through the Panama Canal?P1030912a

Our Rose, Jen and Richard, kiwis who have a Maverick like ourselves are heading North and are currently planning on going to the Med for next hurricane season. We hope to see them up the chain as we have so much fun with them.  P1020872a

Mark from Sealife, who is also an Australian is a genuine guy who is so easy going and friendly and has circumnavigated already so a wealth of information. This season he is heading to St Martin for the season.

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Canadians Donna and Jack from Kathrian took us all out recently for a night of fun dancing.  Jack Donna

Tulu, Chris and Sarah had just got back from Britain. They are heading to the Pacific.We all enjoyed a night out to all say goodbye, enjoy fairwinds and calm seas this season. Its really neat all the people you meet cruisin’.P1030902a

Busy week / weekend in Grenada

I have kept myself busy once again, while Brett has done odd jobs around the boat. I went to Grenada cooking class and this week the chefs were kitted out in the Grenadian colours because they were being televised. Once again it was quite entertaining. $EC12 is a bargain as you get the receipes and get to eat at the end of the class. P1020970a

I went to the final summer session of the Mt Airy Readers program, where the kids had a spelling and reading competition followed by a small party. The kids were all so patient sitting while the other kids participated.     P1020973aP1020974a

 

 

 

 

 

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This is Keisha who was my friend for the morning. She drew me some very colorful pictures while waiting patiently for the party.

 

 

 

 

All of the children who competed received a certificate and there were prizes for various placings. The kids were so proud and happy to receive their certificates, which was nice to see. P1030025a

 

This is Cassie and her uncle. I worked with Cassie last week on her reading skills so was happy to see she did well.

 

 

As you do we had quite a few social gatherings with friends in the bay and then Richard and Jen from Our Rose invited us to go around to one of the bays for a long weekend for some hobbie cat racing. Maverick’s on tour. Our Rose below….

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On the South Coast of Grenada there are a lot of bays so it was nice to get out and see them and go touring by sea again. There were some pretty interesting looking homes about.

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Hobbie cat racing at the Le Phare Bleu Yachtclub was a blast, with 20 teams competing over the day. Our friends from Prickly Bay came over to support which was awesome. Jen and I teamed up and did very well for complete beginners. Jen ran the sheets while I worked the rudder. We ended up going out twice as we won our first race, much better than the boys! Alas we did not win our next race. Competition was tough. We were very happy with our day.

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Richard and Brett went solo but must have had tougher competition as they were out after their first races so at the end they had a race against each other with Richard winning. Excellent time.  P1030082aP1030077a

 

 

 

 

 

The weekend ended at the Whisper Cove Marina for Jam night, where some cruisers get together and play music.

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Off to Grenada Marina as the parts are in for our alternators. At last!

 

 

Naniki Caribbean Jazz Safari

Canadians Donna & Jack from S/V Kathrian organized an outing to the Naniki Caribbean Jazz festival for Sunday evening. Bob and Judy from Adastra and Jen & Richard also came.P1020910a

It was held in the gardens at the Mt Cinnamon Resort. Not a huge number of people were there, which was a shame. It was nice to lay on the grass and enjoy the music from the various artists. A little rain shower did not dampen our spirits, we were all organized and happy that it didn’t last long. It was nice just sitting back and relaxing.

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There were 2 Jazz bands, the Sean Thomas quartet and C4 from Barbados

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They also had a couple of vocalists; Jenny J from Grenada and Shontelle from Barbados P1020947aP1020953a

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Another good night out in Grenada.

Fishermans Birthday Celebration

June 29th, in the fishing town of Gouyave is the Annual Fisherman’s Birthday, a celebration honoring St Peter  – Patron Saint of Fishermen. As part of the day’s events the fishermen’s boats are blessed for the upcoming fishing season followed by boat races and ending with a street party in the evening. A lot of people come into town to enjoy the music and festivities.  We decided the evening party sounded like fun so joined a few cruisers,  including Jen and Richard from Our Rose and Ian and Wendy from Outsider, and off we went to enjoy the evenings celebrations.

There were some food tents set up, serving all sorts of dishes. We tried a number of dishes including oildown (below), a traditional Grenadian curry dish, which was very tasty.

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A great night in Gouyave.

 

Boat jobs completed so far

Staying here in Grenada we have a number of boat jobs on the go when we are not out enjoying Grenada. Some we can do ourselves and some we need help from the experts. So after talking to the experts, waiting for quotes, parts and work to start we can start some of our own jobs.

We have had trouble with water getting into one of our engine compartments and causing some problems with our alternators so Brett removed the old rubber and glue and replaced it for a better fit. He also put extra latches on the cover to ensure its down tight. Now no light can be seen from the inside so, hopefully, no water when under way with following seas.

P1020637aOur fridge and freezer are built into a cabinet. There were a couple of very small vents to allow the hot air out but upon touching the counter or back of the cabinet it was very hot. We have therefore increased the size of the two vents and put an additional two vents in for added air movement.  P1020853aP1020854a

 

 

 

 

 

Our biggest project this past week has been installing our new wind generator.  Goal is to supplement the solar panels so we will not need to run the engines much to generate DC electricity. This was not the easiest install but its working and is nice and quiet. P1020863aP1020865a

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Don’t worry Brett is not slaving all the time. He does get time to lay back and play on the internet, online shop etc. Note the concentration on his i-pad. Yes he has become a big online shopper….I am getting worried. When we are back in Calgary we will have a pile of things to collect.  P1020780a

I on the other hand have been cleaning our hulls so they don’t grow things, cleaning our trampoline to get rid of dirt and buildup and cleaning the inside of the boat to entertain our friends, so she is spotless of hair and dirt. Note the theme… cleaning. Hmmmm! As Jen from Our Rose said its a constant thing on a boat and oh yes it is.

I did get a chance to get away yesterday for Grenada cooking classes at the Dodgey Dock and it was a goodie. Mangoe, Papaya and Cantaloupe salsa (yum), Bread fruit pie (Ok but not my favorite) and Pan seared seasoned Fish with gravy, a delicious tomato based spicy sauce. Per Ester color is the name of the game and all the dishes were nice and colourful.

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We have a busy weekend planned. The annual fishermans birthday and the Victoria Food Fest Saturday night which is a huge party on the streets and lots of cruisers are joining the locals to lime (Lime – you look it up!). Then Sunday we are going to the Naniki Caribbean Jazz Safari. Should all be fun.

 

 

Mt Airy Young Readers Program

I volunteered to help out last Saturday morning at the Mt Airy Young readers program; a program for children in the area who would like a little extra help with their reading, writing and math. Jean Pascal supports and hosts the program out of her garage, which is set up like a small classroom, which extends out into her courtyard depending on the number of kids who turn up. P1020846a

The program relies on volunteers to come along and help assist in working with the children aged between 4 and 17 years. The cruising community helps the volunteer program out by donating books, stationery and time to helping Jean and her husband support these kids.

A great program for everyone involved. I worked with a young 4 year old who unfortunately had lost his mother recently and just needed a little attention. I will be going along to help out again this coming weekend as it really is a amazing program where Jean relies on help from any and all volunteers.

Fish Fry-day

Every Friday night in the town of Gouyave on the West Coast Shademan takes a group of cruisers up to the town for Fish Fry-day, limes with his friends and then returns you back to your boats, when you are ready. We decided to go up with Wendy and Ian and had a blast starting out as you do at one of the local bars for some pre dinner drinks. P1020828a

Various stalls are set up around a couple of the streets selling all sorts of fryed food from breadfruit to fish-n-bake to seafood kebabs. P1020826aP1020829a

 

 

 

 

 

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The chefs are all extremely friendly and very proud of what they are serving.

 

The steel pan band was out to entertain everyone that came out; they were good. People were dancing in the streets and limin’ while listening to the band.

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I met the local policeman who was watching all the traffic that came into town. He must have been hot in his uniform!

 

Great evening out.

Mt Carmel Waterfalls

Of course you have to get out and enjoy Grenada. You jump in one of the many privately owned, efficient and fantastically frequent maxi taxis that have different routes around the island, designated by a number on the front screen.

We were heading to Mt Carmel Waterfalls, which we read about in a book called “Ready to get wet? Our top 10 hikes of the Caribbean” written by Mike from zero to cruising and available on their web site zerotocruising . We had to jump the No 1 van from Prickly Bay to St George and then the Number 2 towards Grenville.P1020647a

These guys beep at you to let you know they are coming, a hand waves out the window to see if you want to jump aboard as they scream by and if you blink they screech to a halt and back up a block to load you in. Sometimes the conductor jumps out of the van and stands in the middle of the road with arms outstretched not understanding why you are walking and not jumping aboard. A quick wave and they are off. If you do take up the offer you squeeze into a spot in the taxi seated for 15ish and you are on your way with loud dance and reggae tunes to help the driver and you enjoy the trip. If you pay a little extra EC$ you can even get door to door service.

At one point on our trip to Grenville there were 18 of us in the van. Amazing to watch the dynamics of moving people around to accomodate each passenger and ensure you get everyone in. When you want out you tap on the side of the van or push a button and before you know it you screech to a halt, you are out and they are ready to fill your spot. Awesome.P1020791a

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About 1.5 hours later we arrived at the stop for Mt Carmel waterfalls.

 

 

 

 

It was a pretty easy 15 minute hike along a dirt trail to the waterfall. Akeem also joined us along the track explaining a little about the area. It was quite refreshing standing under the falls and having a quick shower. P1020792aP1020799a

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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We then wandered back along the track and took another path to Basse Falls where the local kids were sliding down the rocks into the pool at the bottom. The kids made it look like fun but their ripped shorts showed what the rocks can do and I don’t think it would be a gentle massage on your skin! P1020812aP1020818a

 

 

 

 

 

We swam in the pool and enjoyed lunch before getting back in a van to head back home to get ready to go out for Fish Fry-day with Shademan.