Category Archives: Trinidad

Leaving Trinidad

We have left Trinidad, probably not to return on Snowaway. We have enjoyed our time there as it is very cruiser friendly. There is a cruiser’s radio net every morning including Sundays at 8 am on VHF 68. The net provides weather, help, social activities and local services. Sadie from Kiss while providing excellent weather reports also provided us with check in info for Grenada, St Vincent and the ABCs.
Power Boats, Trinidad We have left our boat every season with Power Boats. The office staff, fronted by Charlene and Simone, are very helpful, including arranging services for us. Rico came aboard Snowaway regularly while we were home in Canada, ensuring that she was always in perfect condition when we returned to her. Power Boats, Trinidad And Michael, the Travelift driver, always got Snowaway out of and back into the water without incident. We could not be happier with the service we received from Power Boats.
Jesse James of Members Only Maxi Taxi provides weekly transportation for the cruisers to three major stores and the local farmers market as well as Tuesday night at the movies. Jesse also arranges sightseeing trips. We were pleased to have travelled with him to visit Asa Wright Nature Centre (twice), the Caroni Bird Sanctuary to see the scarlet ibis (national bird of Trinidad), the Nariva mangrove swamp, the Angostura distillery (home of the infamous Bitters), to see steel pan construction, and to hear an international steel pan competition, and of course to see the leather back turtles laying their eggs (twice).
Roti Hut at Power Boats, Trinidad In the Power Boats yard is the Roti Hut, our favorite lunch spot. We had their veggie roti or buss up shot every second day during our time in Trinidad. One needs to be there by noon or they can run out of food! And also on site is Sails, a restaurant that makes the best callaloo soup we have had in the Caribbean. Their Wednesday night barbequed kabobs are a special treat.
Crews Inn, Trinidad Just before we get hauled out and once we splash down we like to spend a few nights at Crews Inn Marina. They have a very nice swimming pool to help one cool down after a day of working on the boat. Once a month they have a cocktail party to thank the cruisers which includes rum punch and appies. The shopping complex has a café, a restaurant (with great she-crab soup and pumpkin soup), a grocery store, a wine store, and the Customs and Immigration offices. A very easy lifestyle for the cruisers….

Back in Trinidad

Snowaway, Trinidad We are now back at Power Boats preparing Snowaway to go back into the water. We expect to splash down the afternoon of January 10th. We were very pleased at how clean she was on the inside. The air conditioner did its job keeping the mildew at bay. We were able to get the interior ready for us to move onto the boat within a few days of arriving in Trinidad.
Our first surprise was when we went to wash out the anchor locker and found it full of ants. So all our dock lines and anchor rode had to be washed and hung to dry.
Andy bottom painting, TrinidadThe boat’s bottom paint always needs to have a fresh coat on before going back into the water. This year we decided to change the colour so it would be easier for us to see if the paint was wearing off as we plan on leaving Snowaway in the water for the next hurricane season. Andy has painted her for the last few seasons and he does a great job.

T-Bone Tom's, Keemah We had a nice visit in Houston with our friends Terri and Eric over the New Year’s weekend. We managed to buy all the items on our shopping list. On New Year’s Eve we went out for an early supper, listened to some live music at a nearby pub and made it home in time to pop a bottle of bubbly to toast in 2012. On New Year’s day we drove down to Keemah for our usual walk along the boardwalk. T-Bone Tom's, KeemahBut we discovered T-Bone Tom’s, a diner shown on the show “Diners, Drive-ins and Dives” so we HAD to stop at it. We odered a couple of dishes that Guy had tasted and we had enough left over for appetizers the next night! On Monday we went to the Houston Museum of Fine Arts to see the King Tut exhibit. We rented the audio tape and were pleasantly surprised to hear Harrison Ford speaking to us…

Leather back Turtles, Trinidad

Karen with a leather back turtle We had an amazing experience last night. We went with Jesse James of Members Only Maxi Taxi to Matura Beach to see the leather back turtles come on shore to lay eggs. Matura Beach is a 2 hour drive from Chaguaramas and we stopped on the way for dinner. Just as we arrived at the beach we were informed by Nature Seekers Inc., the group that patrols the beach nightly during nesting season, that a turtle was on her way out of the water. Leather back turtle, TrinidadWe hurried down to see the show. And what a show it was!
Leather back turtle, Trinidad Our turtle was 5 ft 2 in in lengthalong its shell and weighed about 800 lbs. They estimate weight by the length and width of the turtle. This was a new turtle to the Nature Seekers so they tagged her. They also put a tracking devices on some turtles. The process of coming out of the water, choosing a spot to lay the eggs, laying the eggs (during which we were allowed to take photos), burying the eggs, and then disguising the nest took about 2 hrs.
Richard with a leather back turtleThe turtles are about 25 years old when they start laying eggs. They return to the beach where they were born. The year they start laying eggs, they create 5 or 6 nests that season with a 3 to 5 day period between each nesting. Each nest has between 80 and 120 eggs. We were told only 1 or 2 turtles per nest survive to maturity. The females usually nest every 3 to 4 years but continue for their entire life; they can live to 90.

Trinidad

Overnight to TrinidadChaguaramas fires, TrinidadWe left Grenada on Sunday April 11th and sailed overnight with Seaquestor to Chaguaramas Trinidad. We were able to sail most of the way and it was nice to have a buddy boat to chat with during the night.
As we came into the bay we noticed several forest fires burning on the hills around the bay. We picked up a mooring ball and checked into the country.
Snowaway, Trinidad On Tuesday we moved into Crews Inn Marina to start the process of preparing Snowaway for her storage on the hard during hurricane season. Everything on her needs to be washed and stored, including all the sails. We were lucky the day we wanted to wash our sails it started raining at 5 am. So we got up and got our sails out to have the rain help with the cleaning process. Ronnie, TrinidadIt actually got sunny in the afternoon with almost no wind so our sails got nice and dry.
We hired Ronnie to wash and wax our boat; he is a local who has been doing this for 19 years. It is a hot job and we were glad to pay him to do it!!
Brazil RX4, TrinidadArima All Stars, TrinidadLast night we went with several other cruisers to see/hear the finals for “Pan Down Memory Lane”. Twelve steel pan bands had to play a song that was jazz, pop, or retro and do it to a calypso beat. Most were very good but a couple we could not figure out the original song. One of the finalists was from Brazil and they had the best costumes. But the crowd favorite was the Arima All Stars.
Tonight we are going to the beach where the leatherback turtles come to shore to lay eggs. Although we will be at the beach there is no guarantee that a tutrle will come to shore.