13 July 2016
Hi, I’m back. We’re still here in the Eastern Caribbean but I haven’t written to the blog in several weeks. I’ll try to recapture things during the dark period while moving forward with our travels. Apologies to anyone who doesn’t catch our updates on social media.
We arrived in Grenada on Friday, July 9th, after a 2-day transit south from Bourg de Saintes in Guadeloupe where we sat out some rough weather for about a week. Now that hurricane season has officially begun the Tropical Waves are lining up across the Atlantic from Africa and cross the Windward and Leeward Islands of the Eastern Caribbean about every 3-4 days. Along with stronger winds that shift from east to more like southeast, they also bring rain squalls that often bring even stronger winds for short periods. As a general rule we don’t like to venture out of a protected anchorage when a Wave passes.
We were close enough in the early morning of our arrival to pick up the daily Cruiser’s radio net on VHF, and checked in with the community when they asked for New Arrivals. We have returned.
After setting the anchor and cleaning up, we dinghied by S/V Frost to say hello to friends Mike and Rebecca and agreed to meet later for Happy Hour, then motored in to clear Customs in St. George’s. We’ve been in regular contact with Frost via the Internet over the years, but it was great to spend our first evening back in Grenada enjoying their company, see their new boat and catching up on things.
After a day of rest outside the harbor at St. George’s, we traveled around Point Salines and along the south coast of Grenada to our favorite anchorage behind Hog Island, but found the anchorage very crowded with sailboats, much more so than on our last visit. Consequently we are anchored near the entrance to the harbor which exposes us to some swells that make us roll, but not too badly now that the winds have calmed down.
Over the past week we have settled in and enjoyed some of the regular Cruiser activities, like a Farmer’s Market and a Music Jam. We’ve also purchased a local SIM card for our phone so we have a local number to make contact with people and businesses around the island. I had a knee injury while In Guadeloupe and also had to visit a local Doctor recommended by another Cruiser. We’ve met some new friends and reintroduced ourselves to some old ones. These are things we love about Cruising.
Our plan through the end of October is to stay in or around Grenada, unless a storm with a name appears to be bearing down on the island, at which time we will make our way south to Trinidad and wait things out there.