21st -26th May – Grenada

Dawn saw me away from Tyrrell Bay to make the passage to Grenada. The direct course to the West coast of Grenada passes over a submerged volcano, Kick ‘em Jenny, around which there is an exclusion zone, the size of which depends on the current level of activity. It was quiet at the moment. I thought I might pass to the east of the zone passing close to the island of Isle de Ronde and the rocks of the Sisters. There was however a strong current setting to the west and to counter act it I would need to be hard on the wind, so instead I choose to free off a little and pass Kick ’em Jenny to the west
I closed the Grenada coast near Gros Point and under it’s lee the seas were quieter and the wind lighter and more fickle. Looks a lovely island, forested mountains tumbling down to the sea. Eventually we arrived off St Georges at which point the wind picked up to 25 knots. Isn’t always the way , nice winds all day then coming up to anchor the wind decides to blast away! Just to make life interesting I guess. Anyway lots of room so anchor down in 5 meters and lots of chain out so holding well.

No anchoring is allowed in the Lagoon anymore, its been developed for a marina, and the Carenage is reserved for fishing boats so the anchorage is quite a dinghy ride out of the town but worthwhile for a look around. A few days here and I moved on to Prickly Bay just a few miles around the corner. This is the favoured anchorage for cruising folk. Here I had a chance encounter with another Vancouver, this a 32 “Naomi” with Ian who had recently completed a solo circumnavigation over 4 years. Had tea with him and a good gam. He too was on his way to Trinidad to store the boat for the hurricane season.

Leaving Carriacou
Leaving Carriacou
Rum Barrels
Rum Barrels