Friday, February 13, 2015

Grenada Feels Like Home

John, Ted and Barbara join us for a ride back to the boats
After months in Trinidad on the hard, we are once again out to sea.  While in Trinidad, we had repairs to Atalanta’s bottom expertly completed by “Cow” and a new Yanmar 100 hp engine installed by Adian.  Both jobs went well but took longer than anticipated.

Upon leaving for Tobago, we were joined by our good friend John.  After his first ever overnight sail we arrived in Store Bay.  As is the law, we checked into customs and immigration.  While we have checked into and out of dozens of countries along the way, the process in Tobago was problematic.  For the “crime” of missing one piece of paper from Customs in Trinidad, we were not allowed to leave the country, threatened with jail time, and fined $3,000 TT or $500 USD.  Other cruisers have reported similar problems with Tobago Customs and one can only avoid this truly beautiful country to prevent dealing with its corrupt Customs Department. This experience soured us and we left after 3 days (as soon as we were allowed to depart).

John, Kay and G at the Tiki Bar
Welcoming Rob, G, and James back to
Prickly Bay
The Jumble at Secret Harbor
Selling our junk

From Tobago, we sailed back to beloved Grenada.  It felt like going home after having spent two and a half months there during the hurricane season. We had the pleasure of sharing Prickly Bay with John, reconnecting with old friends and meeting new ones.  Notable new acquaintances include June and Bruce on Ainia and Barbara and Ted on Rosa dos Ventos. 


Ted and Barbara, interestingly are fellow Vermonters and veterans of the University of Vermont.  It was a pleasure getting to know them and we look forward to future sails together.  
While in Grenada, John was introduced to many Grenadian traditions including hashing (hiking followed beer drinking), the jumble (a market where yachties  sell unwanted stuff), dominoes, roti, and pan bands. John also had the pleasure of night-time passage making on three occasions. We were sad to see him depart from St. Lucia after three weeks.  It’s a pleasure to have him onboard and we’re looking forward to our next adventure together.  

We’re in Les Saintes, a group of small islands in sight of Guadeloupe.  In route, we stopped in Martinique and enjoyed a short visit to Le Marin.  Like Les Saintes, Martinique is French and offers some  great food, wine, and especially bread.  Here in Les Saintes we rejoined our good friends Jonas, Ann-Sofie, Tony and Anne.  We have missed their company.  So for the next week or so it will be snorkeling, listening to music, reading, sipping wine, eating croissants, and catching up with friends.

Le Marin, Martinique

Passing the Pitons
St. Lucia

Peter and Blaine from Vermont
stop by Prickly to say hi
Richard, Peter, Murray, Kay and Blaine
Bruce and June are sailors that we have been following via their around the world blog for the past six years.  It was a great surprise to see them anchored in Prickly Bay, celebrating the completion of their circumnavigation.  Interestingly, June is the first Chinese woman to ever have circumnavigated.  Quite an accomplishment! She has written a book we would love to read but we need to learn Chinese first.

Approaching Les Saintes
at Sunrise

Stay tuned and thanks for following.

Richard and Kay

Pan Band Concert

No comments:

Post a Comment