Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Barbados to Grenada

Sailing on a SE wind to Barabados
We bid Adieu to Brian and Donna who proved to be awesome sailors and divers on the trip here. Dave Turner and I checked out the social scene while waiting for Kieran and Tom to arrive for our Chancers re-union.
Recognize any of these Chancers?
Beers are good at the Rum Shack

Much music ensued between beers (or maybe the other way around?) while we also toured the Island of Barbados.
Kieran Tom Daragh Jason and Dave

Mandatory group selfie
We moved the boat from a mooring at Barbados Yacht Club to the Careenage in Bridgetown which was a very convenient compared to the daily surf shower on the beach!  Future son in law Jason was next to arrive and after a couple more days of touring we set out for St Vincent and the Grenadines.
The overnight passage was great, all downwind in contrast to the trip from St Lucia. We anchored at the delightful island of Bequia.
Dave gets anchor ready for Bequia
Winds and seas had picked up quite a bit so our next stop was Union Island. We were immediately adopted by Michael who was a scout for the shark attack beach restaurant. They has fantastic food with minimal resources. Michael water taxied us as needed and we also did quite a bit of snorkeling here.
Shark Attack beach restaurant -Union Island

Dave had to leave us here leaving Jason and I to sail on to Tyrell Bay on Carriacou.
Jason on watch
Underwater Statues Grenada
This is a Port of Entry for the Grenada Grenadines and we were processed efficiently. Next day we had a great sail down to Prickly Bay on the south coast of Grenada where we had the luxury of a marina. We rented a car to tour the island. Snorkeling was very good here especially diving on the submerged statues at Moliniere Bay.
St Georges, Grenada
At last it came time to haul Chantey V at Spice Island Boatyard where she waits while we head back home for Spring Break. Its been almost 5 months since I left Victoria last October and despite the great weather here in the Eastern Caribbean I am really missing home!
Chantey V get a lift for a bottom paint job