2009-2010 Caribbean / Bahamas Trip
Just as we were really beginning to like St. John, the weather forecaster suggested that if we wanted smooth sailing to Grenada anytime soon, we better make tracks. So, we left this very pretty anchorage, Frances Bay at noon for our 3 day or so sail to Grenada.
We had almost a perfect 3 days. Single reef main, 45-60 degrees apparent wind, 15 to 20 knots. Very nice change from our Norfolk trip.
Perfect with one squally exception
Like a black and white picture
It was over quickly in time for a sunset
The next morning's Grenada landfall
Couldn't stop taking pictures. Very pretty island.
Very mountainous. 20 miles long. Rain forest in the interior.
Constant rain clouds over the mountains
Sailboat heading north as we approach the southernmost point in our trip
We were not the only people here
Very Mediterranean feel
Harbor downtown St. George
Fort built in 1800's never used until 1983!!
Our anchorage for the first several days
Typical side street. Very clean
Away from the harbor, over the hill and down to the shopping district.
Looking back to harbor
The ginger man
We had fun buying vegetables, spices, and coconut water
A short cut from the market through to the harbor avoiding an uphill walk back.
Returning to our dinghy we came upon this building.....bars on the windows and in a prime waterfront location?
Even Amy the librarian was surprised
Leaving St. George's for Prickly Bay
The start of our road trip with Windance III.
The rain forest visitor's center. This guy bit me when I tried to pat him.
These women were much friendlier
Our tour mates, Werner and Christina.
Coconut water and jelly
Coconuts followed by roasted corn in Grenville.
The remains of a Russian/Cuban plane from the 1983 US "invasion."
The old Pearls airport has not been the same since the 1983 invasion.
Typical Grenadian home.
At the North tip of the island was Leaper's Hill
The Leaper's Hill story
A cemetery is also at the site
The 3 sister islands seen, from Leaper's Hill, which we will pass on our way north to our next stop, Carriacou.
Our lunch time entertainment
Amazing story, see log.
Le Phare Bleu marina in Clark's Court Bay. We celebrated Amy's birthday by
having dinner inside this red Swedish lightship. An unforgettable meal.
Passing the north tip of Grenada on the way to Carriacou.
Between us and the Isle de Ronde, the peaked island, is Kick em Jenny. An underwater volcano still active and on "restless" stage warning as passed by the 1.5 mile exclusion zone. Although not clear from the picture the seas were very turbulent.
Carriacou, Tyrell Bay. A funky looking place with an ecclectic mix of cruisers and liveaboards. This guy was in St. George's at the same time as us.
More interesting Carriacou boats
Pacific Seacraft 34 at Carriacou Haul-Out
We stopped here for a drink during our walk
Carriacou had a sailing school program with Optimists. Here are the kids after their sail.
Amy's flora du jour
Main street Tyrell Bay. Great having access to fresh veggies
and also cold drinks
We had fish for lunch
Hillsboro, Paradise Beach, and behind the peak, our anchorage at Tyrell Bay
Our next destination, Union Island. Can you imagine having this view from your front door...the house here is owned by an American who runs a local electronics shop.
Used to live in Dover...believe it or not the same print and color street signs.
Wonderful old architecture in Windward
What a wonderful smile.
Windward has several boat builders. These designs were seen all over the island
Great house on Jack Iron Point on the way to Hillsboro
Cat on the way to Union Island
Can't remember the last time a town dock had more local boats than cruiser dinghies
Here's where we cleared customs Christmas Eve in Hillsboro
Amy and I searched every stand for limes with no success
Car transport Caribbean style
Very pretty and quiet anchorage behind reef at Petite St. Vincent
Petite Martinique, most dependable and cheapest spot for fuel.
$4.00 per gallon for diesel. The good news is that we have used only
27 gallons in the last month.
Our feelings precisely
Beautiful Bristish motor yacht passing Catholic island as viewed from our anchorage in saline Bay, Mayreau
Warning.....when a cruising guidebook says that Salt Whistle is a must see near the Tobago Cays, remember you are not the only one reading the guidebook.
The way the world used to be
Great cottage and private beach on Carriacou
What's wrong with this picture.....
Back to Grenada to see Tech Nick for some more pole lengthening!.
On the way back to Grenada we stopped at Sandy Island off the tip of
New Year's Eve "celebrations."
Name the famous sculpture.....
These guys were waiting for midnight for the ball to drop
Back in Grenada in time for another Saturday market.
Our trusty wind generator with now a foot of additional mast....the smaller diameter graft just below the top. Let's hope the blade and backstay never meet again.
2009-2010 Trip Logs