17th – 20th May – Carriacou

I had anchored off Hillsborough the previous eve, only 1 other yacht here but there was a couple of Venezuelian fishing boats. One could have been a fishing boat from anywhere, but the other was very distinctive in style with a very high prow and a covered foredeck.
Ashore Hillsborough was very sleepy, it was a Sunday but formalities soon completed at Customs in the police station. Seems no buses on a Sunday so put off a visit to Windward till the next day. After a bus ride to Windward I saw wooden boats being built in the traditional way on the beach, lovely to see. Apparently they have quite a party when they launch them, would be good to be there for that.
In the afternoon I moved around the corner to Tyrrell Bay, this is the favoured anchorage for cruisers at Carriacou, so lots of boats here.
At Tyrrel Bay there is a mangrove lagoon or swamp which is a protected area for mangrove oysters so I took the dinghy there and rowed up it. Supposedly there are iguanas there but I didn’t see any.
Last minute as ever I arranged for some boat storage in Trinidad. The first place I emailed an enquiry too said they were full, which put me in a mild panic, have I left it too late?, what if they are all full? However the next two places I contacted said they had room so I reserved a lift out for 1st June, official start of hurricane season – just have to get there now.

Hillsborough beach
Hillsborough beach
Boat building at Windward
Boat building at Windward
Union Island from Windward
Union Island from Windward