It was definitely tough leaving Grenada but, by the time we left, most of our friends had already left. We are hoping the ones we did leave behind, like Mowzer and Blue Moon, will catch up. Then something wonderful happened… Upon arriving in Port Elizabeth, Bequia, we noticed a lot of familiar boats. Of course, on our way to check in we had to stop and say hello to all our friends that beat us to Bequia. Slow Waltz was right in front of us, with Kool Kat next to them. Then came Wild Cat, who we haven’t seen since last cruising season, and Banyan next to them. Even closer to customs and immigration was Izzy R. Upon returning to the boat after clearing in, George on Wild Cat told us that there was a happy hour on their boat starting in one hour. We also received an invitation from Banyan to the First and Last Annual Bequia WashToss Tournament on the beach the next day.
So I got baking. I made coconut banana rum bread with lime glaze for happy hour and this chocolate banana swirl cake with chocolate rum icing for the beach party. Yes, when cooking for cruisers you need to sneak in the rum wherever you can. By the way, both turned out awesome if anyone wants the recipes. Just leave a comment or Message me.
It was great catching up with everyone at happy hour. We laughed over the Secret Harbour Halloween Party pictures, especially the intoxicated Indian Dave picture (see the Halloween Party blog). The party broke up early, so we weren’t in too bad of shape for the beach party the next day. Doug and Wendy from Nahanni River gifted Banyan with their handmade washtoss set, as they are retiring their captains’ hats and returning to land life. What a fun beach game! Similar to horse shoes, but you try to make it in the ring in the center for 5 points, in the box for 2 points, or closest to the box for 1 point – plus some more complicated rules.
We really have met some fantastic people on this journey. Here is Dave (Banyan), George (Wild Cat), Anna and Hakan (Unicorn), and Guillaume and Gwen (Slow Waltz). And this was just like being at Camp Grenada again!
Jeff (Izzy R), styling a colorful do-rag, helped get the tournament going. It looked easy enough. The washers were 3 inches across and heavy, surprisingly heavy. The boxes were 21 feet apart and you had to stand beside one box to toss to the other.
Sailing Banyan posted this picture of Dave doing the “WashToss Dance.” Not sure what was actually going on here, but I’m pretty sure alcohol was involved.
The washers tended to dig themselves into the sand and came up missing on multiple occasions. But one washer just didn’t want to be found. Multiple people combed the sand with their hands to no avail.
Then we borrowed a rake and Gwen did a thorough job of raking the sand. Still no washer was found.
Dave raked the other side just in case it was dropped rather than thrown. Or maybe he just wanted the sand to be nice and orderly.
George dinghied all the way back to his boat to grab a magnet and Guillaume very methodically dragged the magnet all through the sand. STILL no washer! Everyone had given up, then I think it was Dave (Banyan) who reached down next to the box and grabbed the washer. “Here it is!” Wait. What?!!! We think it was in his pocket the whole time and he was playing a prank on us. Well, whatever the case, the game was fun, the food was delicious, and the company was great. Cruisers find all kinds of ways to entertain themselves and any excuse to get together and party. We are lovin’ this life!