The Grenadines

Wing-on-wing, BequiaBirds in BequiaWe left Bequia on March 28th heading for Grand Bay in Canouan, one of the Grenadine Islands. As we motored out of the mooring field we discovered where the birds spend their nights! I don’t think we have ever seen so many birds residing on one boat before. It was nice to see them as birds are not that prolific in the Caribbean. We had nice wind leaving the bay and were able to sail out wing-on-wing.
Squall on the horizonOnce we headed south, the winds started to pick up and we encountered several squalls. I actually got a good picture od one approaching before things had to be stowed for the higher winds.
We had a nice snorkel in Grand Bay on Canouan. We are pleased with the variety of fish that we are seeing. I am sorry to report that my underwater camera has died so no more shots this year below water!
Turtle, Tobago Cays The next day we sailed to the Tobago Cays and picked up a mooring ball. Turtles came to say hello almost immediately. I still can’t believe how beautiful the water is here! We had a great snorkel along the Horseshoe Reef and then over to Baradel (commonly referred to as Turtle Island). At Baradel we saw with many turtles, one had a shell at least four feet long. TOO close, Tobago CaysWe had paid for 2 nights in the marine park and on the mooring ball. Unfortuntately charter boats come in late in the afternoon and anchor way too close for comfort.
So we left on March 30th and sailed to Chatham Bay on Union Island. Our friends on Kardia met us there we had a nice visit with them before they headed north for Bequia race week and we sailed to Grenada. Richard in market, Union Island We had to go to Clifton, the main town on the island to check out of St Vincent. Instead of taking Snowaway over we hired a local to take us there in his motor boat. While there we checked out the veggie market. When we were here last year in May the town was very quiet and none of these stalls were open. Richard had fun stockin gup on local fruits.
We will be sailing down the windward side of Grenada to St David’s Harbour on the south east part of the island tomorrow.

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