*20 June 2017**

The 2017 Hurricane has started off with a bang.  We’re currently in Pensacola FL enjoying some local sights and visiting with family and friends in the area, but our attention is also focused on not one but two storm systems that are located eerily near each of our two “homes”.  Go figure.

A robust storm system in the Gulf of Mexico, yet to be named, is heading for Louisiana and Texas, but is still pummeling the entire Gulf Coast with rain and wind over the next several days. We will be waiting here for an extra day or two to let the system pass north and hopefully it will die down as it comes ashore.

Meanwhile, our sailboat “Brilliant” has been laid up in Grenada for the summer and fall on a stout mooring in a protected harbor with her systems prepped for storage and her deck equipment stowed below.  

Tropical Storm Bret, with winds gusting to 40-50 mph, has chosen to transit the gap between Trinidad and Grenada, putting Brilliant on his windier.  A storm this far south is something that hasn’t happened since 1993. Oddly enough, that storm was also named Bret.  Whoa.

A Grenadian resident and friend who installed our mooring and watches over several boats on his moorings in the harbor has his eyes on Brilliant for us, and the Internet allows us both regular updates on the weather as well as real time contact with cruisers in the area on conditions.  

But despite all of our preparations our anxiety level has risen steadily over the last few days. This is why we invest in insurance, but that hasn’t been a lot of comfort.