It is time to move on. We have one final island to sail to in order to reach our cruising goal for this season and to satisfy our insurance requirements. We have to be outside the hurricane box, which is not exactly defined. For some that means Grenada but for other it means Trinidad. Grenada is truly the cruising mecca of the Caribbean, so we are glad to be able to stay in Grenada. Unfortunately, we are hauling out July 1 and not splashing back down until about September 1, which means we will miss a lot of the fun activities and events such as Carnival. But we heard Halloween here is a blast and the kids have a very unique way of trick-or-treating. We are already looking forward to our return.
On our last day in Carriacou, we dropped off our laundry. My Beautiful Laundrette is the same price whether you do or they do it, odd right? So we worked on preparing the boat and went to the Lazy Turtle one final time with Steve from Slow Flight and let them do the laundry. The owners of the Lazy Turtle came out to talk to us. They are from Jersey (“No, not New Jersey, the REAL Jersey”), England and, like the Blanchards in Anguilla, they found their paradise and opened a restaurant. They told us about having to find suppliers for food and equipment, paying duties on everything, and the other challenges. But, for them, it is worth it. They have a great view and meet fantastic people all the time. Just like them, we really liked the island and found the locals to be very friendly. I forgot to mention before that Brian, one of the crew on our lionfish hunt, invited Dave and I over to his house to watch the Warriors game! See? Just super people.
Then, Diane and Richard, the owners of Lumbadive, came over to talk to us. After finding their paradise at Carriacou, they bought the dive shop and have worked hard to improve and expand on it. Both businesses are doing a great job and did much to form our favorable opinion of Carriacou. The folks from the Lazy Turtle told us how safe the island is and how rare crime is. “The most crime is the occasional nicked powerboat.” In fact, when we went ashore one afternoon and didn’t come back to the boat until evening, I found Dave’s iPhone sitting on the cockpit table! Now, we normally take all the precautions and lock everything up tight, but we somehow missed his phone. No problem. Still… I wouldn’t make a habit of that.
Steve made us a fantastic BBQ rib dinner complete with cornbread, spicy rice, corn, and chocolate chip oatmeal cookies. I tell you, there is no reason one cannot eat just as well on a boat as they do at home. The hardest part is proper provisioning. But if anyone tells you to stock up on canned meats and such, tell them thank you. Then promptly ignore the advice. Let them eat like that. There is enough fresh produce on most islands to eat fresh foods most of the time. Good meats are available at the larger grocery stores and occasional butcher shop. It does help to have a good freezer. A tiny top of the fridge type one won’t do, but a top-loading freezer is the best! To keep my meats ultra fresh, I vacuum seal them first, but even that isn’t necessary if the turn over rate is short. Anyway, Steve’s dinner was delicious and the company even better.
The next morning the guys picked up our laundry, paid a fortune for it (we’ll try somewhere else next time), and we left for Grenada Island. What a lovely sail with a broad reach (wind at our back corner) and then a beam reach (wind at our side) all the way to the southern tip of the island. We broke our speed record again and hit 9.6 knots, but I confess that this time we had current going with us. So is that cheating? Cheating or not, it was a quick trip: two hours quicker than expected, averaging nearly 7 knots! Fantastic! Since Grenada was our cruising goal for this year and we made it, we plan to celebrate and break out the Dom Perignon! It is Steve’s first time sailing his own boat to Grenada as well. His girlfriend, Kelly, is coming soon, so we are going to wait for her arrival and celebrate with them. It really wasn’t that difficult, but it is certainly key to wait for a good weather window when making the bigger passages: across the Gulfstream to the Bahamas, Turks and Caicos to Dominican Republic, across the Mona Passage to Puerto Rico, and across the Anegada Passage to Anguilla. We had wonderful motorsails for each of these, so it is hard to relate to the very real dangers of crossing at the wrong time. Dave and I feel blessed.
I have a few more blogs coming to share our first experiences on Grenada. I will blog when there are events worth talking about, including preparing to haul out and leaving Livin’ Life in dry storage (on the hard). We may do a little blogging in Alaska but, since we are going to visit rather than to tour, exciting stuff to share will be limited. Our next major blogging will be from India. We appreciate everyone who has shared in this experience with us and hope you will remain with our blog for the Rickshaw Run in India. I am certain we will have some interesting stories to tell. Thank you again to all those who have donated. Donations are still needed, but we’re getting there. We turned in our rickshaw paint job design and can’t wait to see what we end up with.