We arrived in Grenada at Hog Island, where the anchor holding is supposed to be really good and the anchorage is well protected from weather. We are expecting big winds in the coming days gusting up to 40 knots (46 mph). However, nothing was happening at Hog Island and our friends on Blue Moon and Turning Points were in the next Bay over, Mount Hartman. So we weighed anchor and moved. The anchorages are pretty crowded. Steve was able to tuck Slow Flight in close to Secret Harbour Marina, but Dave and I anchored Livin’ Life quite a ways out. The summer crowd is mostly here and every day there are social events announced on the cruisers’ net. How fun! Our first event was at Secret Harbour where we got together with Blue Moon, Slow Flight, and Turning Points. Jason and Brita (Blue Moon) introduced us to Magnus (an American mangle of his Norwegian name, Magne) on Pantarei.
Tonight’s event? Karaoke. There were some terrible singers; the best were the kids singing Imagine Dragons songs. But it was all in good fun and the beer was flowing. Pictured, most of our group is singing a song from Rocky Horror Picture Show. Jason and Brita return home tomorrow, leaving Blue Moon tied to the dock in Secret Harbour Marina for a couple months, so we had a final nightcap aboard their boat. They are fun people and we are glad we got to know them. Hopefully our paths will cross again.
Kelly, Steve’s girlfriend (Slow Flight), arrived safely and Dave and I were glad to meet someone we had been hearing so much about. It was time to celebrate our accomplishment. As first year cruisers, we feel great about arriving safely to Grenada. Sure we had some mishaps, especially at the beginning – we still need to fix the keels from our Bahamian grounding – but it only got better and better. Thank you Albert Wu for the Dom Perignon, because of you we celebrated in style!
Our next event was cruisers’ day at ScubaTech. This was my first time scuba diving on this entire trip. I didn’t even try our hookah system. I was a little nervous because it has been a couple years since my last dive, but the ScubaTech folks made it easy. I did have a little trouble going down, but Dave grabbed hold of me and pulled me down. Once down, I had no problem staying down. With Dave right next to me, I was able to get this great shot.
Kelly and Steve both had trouble going down and returned to the boat for more weight. When they caught up, Kelly gave me the thumbs up: all good. It felt great to be diving again. Visibility was good but not crystal clear.
I started snapping shots right away and took this one of a squirrel fish before the camera battery promptly died. Oh well, now I could just enjoy the dive without trying to capture it. The second dive was clearer than the first and we saw a lot of eels, spidery long-legged crabs, tiny shrimp at a fish cleaning station, lobsters, and a whole lot more. Unfortunately, my tank had an air leak and I was going through my air like crazy. We had to cut the dive short and when I surfaced I was well into the red with only about 30 psi left! Anyone who dives knows this is cutting it way too close. I stayed very close to our dive master in case I ran out, as he had a spare regulator on his tank I could use. I’m glad it didn’t come to that!
Our next event was our first hash with the Grenada Hash House Harriers, but that deserves a blog of its own. To be continued…