2009-2010 Caribbean / Bahamas Trip


December Pictures






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













Carriacou Haul-Out














Pacific Seacraft 34 at Carriacou Haul-Out















We stopped here for a drink during our walk















Friendly place.














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













Amy's favorite













one more













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














Downtown Hillsboro. 














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














Christmas dinner














Christmas sunset













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













Union Island.













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 Carriacou for
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.








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