**24 September 2016**
Since July 8th we’ve been in Grenada as a precaution against sustaining a close encounter with a tropical storm or hurricane this season. Storms rarely occur at this latitude; Hurricane Ivan was the last storm to hit Grenada in 2004.  But we still watch the weather forecasts, especially NOAA’s National Hurricane Center watch, very closely.

Over the last week we’ve been watching a system that has germinated in the waters west of Africa and track directly west towards the Windward Islands, one that may build into something significant. 

We’ve positioned ourselves in Carriacou north of Grenada in anticipation of that system building into something that deserves a name.  This would give us a better angle on the prevailing winds for a good motor sail to Tobago.

The Hurricane Center’s forecast has recently elevated the probability of further development, and we’re making plans to clear out of the country and head south to Trinidad/Tobago.