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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.

Sailing to Bequia

Hibiscus, Trinidad Leaving Trinidad We left Trinidad on December 1st as planned and did an overnight sail to Grenada. We left early enough so that we passed by the Hibiscus Production Platform during daylight hours. The platform is easy to see at night but the supply vessels aometimes get lost in the lights of the platform. We both felt fine so we keep going past Grenada and up to Chatham Harbour on the west side of Union Island and anchored for the night. Union Island is at the south end of the Grenadines.
Sailing to Union Island, St VincentOne Sister, St VincentIt was a total of about 24 hours underway. Chatham looked very pleasant but we could not get off the boat as we had not yet checked into the country. It will be a stop on the way back to Trinidad.
Yesterday we had a close hauled sail (sailing close to the wind) and motor for about 25 miles NNE to Bequia at the north end of the Grenadines. So far we have net progress of about 150 miles in 30 hours underway – not bad considering several hours were beating (zigzagging upwind). The weather is warm but the trade winds blow steadily and keep us from overheating.

St Vincent & The Grenadines

Wallilabou, St VincentOn May 8th we sailed to Wallilabou on the main island of St Vincent.  This is the bay where part of the first Pirates of the Caribbean was filmed.  We picked up a mooring ball and then explored the beach to see what remained from the set of the movie.

 

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA Our next stop was Port Elizabeth on Bequia where we picked up a mooring ball.  We spent a few days here enjoying the lovely island.  Richard and Mike rented scooters and toured the island but neither took a camera with them.  I guess that is my excuse for going back next season!  It is an island that is known for its whaling; the islanders are still allowed to catch 1 or 2 whales each year, using the traditional methods involving a sailboat and a hand-thrown harpoon, taking the whales to the nearby uninhabited island of Petit Nevis for butchering and rendering.  It would be interesting to be there when they brought one in…

MustiqueWe had a great sail to Mustique, the home of the rich and famous.  We had drinks at Basil’s Bar where Mick Jagger is known to frequent.  We didn’t see anyone famous but we did see tortoises on our walk around the island.

Tobago CaysFrom Mustique we sailed to the Tobagos Cays, a national park with great reefs that are home to numerous fish and turtles.  We took our dinghy to Turtle Island where we snorkelled with the Hawksbill turtles.  I was surprised to see the turtles eating the grass off the ocean floor, I never knew what they ate before!

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA We sailed to Union Island to check out of St Vincent.  We had a drink at Happy Island, an island built on conch shells by Janti, quite a unique place…