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cruising, vb, kroozing, working on your boat in exotic locations around the Caribbean....Dudley and Becca
Fish Friday with Carolyn and Danny!
01/29/2011, Victoria, NW Coast of Grenada...

We had no way to reach S/V Mrs. Desilia, Carolyn and Danny, the radio won't reach way over the mountain ridge on the south coast in Hartman Bay. They emailed us this morning still no word! What's up>

We tried calling Shademan...the taxi driver, du jour, but he wasn't answering so I started chopping for salsa and gave up on this evening with the gang! We heard S/V Alde Baron on the radio with Shademan telling him we were trying to reach him earlier and we got talked into joining the two buses full to the gills with fellow cruisers looking for a different flavor in "Fish Fridays" on the lee coast of Grenada! If we must!!!

This is smaller than Gouave, the fish capital of Grenada, but they do the same thing...close off the a couple of streets to traffic, line up their booths and cook the local dishes for everyone to partake.

The only thing I was bummed about was not getting anyone to join me for a taste of manicou, tattou, mona and iguana! That would be possum, armadillo, monkey and then the lizard! No takers on the land fare, but we danced, we ate seafood, being "Fish Friday" and all, we laughed and probably drank too much! I'm starting to like my new concoction, dark rum and ting....yummy!

Dudley and Bec
S/V Altair skype name:
dbaltair skype #: 305.600.2308

Grenada Sailing Festival
01/28/2011, Hosted by Port Louis Marina, St. George

The races were off Grand Anse Beach with all the entertainment, awards and festivities being held right here at Port Louis Marina! My good friend Lucy and I hiked to a spot she had scouted and we had a perfect birds eye view of the races! I had my awesome Canon Power Shot, but just couldn't reach the actual races. The flora and fauna by my side is a different story.

Danny Donelan is the marketing guru who still is blazing trails and he just plunged "Saavy" the Carriacou sloop for the race! She's been refitted, spiffed up and painted bright "Carriacou RED"! Danny had a full crew, we tried to sign up, entering her in her first race just stylin'!

We just had to partake of the kickoff party tonight and Lucy and I are here congratulating the wild man !


Dudley and Bec
S/V Altair
skype name: dbaltair skype
#: 305.600.2308

01/25/2011, Port Louis Marina Neighbors

We were lucky to have met Pam and Brian, owners of this gorgeous 72' Gaff Foresail Schooner on the bus careening around Grand Anse the other day. They were sweet to invite us for sundowners and a photo session onboard *REBECCA* and she IS a work of art! She was built in Vineyard Haven @ Martha's Vineyard!

Pam and Brian were delightful as well, and you can meet them too! Just type in Rebecca of Viineyard Haven on your browser and she's available for charter!

It's very nice to be surrounded by the rich and famous here at Port Louis Marina! Feeling very cool...

Dudley and Bec

”We’re SO sorry Altair!”
01/22/2011, Port Louis Marina, St. George

We had no idea we would leave Altair for so long! We really should've prepared her better for such a long respite because she is a complete mess!

All the canvas was off so she was naked, sunburned in fact, and we could sort've see the black stuff running down the hull, not the usual vertical rust stripes! The worst so far was what we could not see at 11p last night! We arrived with 5 duffle bags that were stuffed to the point of bursting their seams with the 'stuff' we had to have from the states, so we couldn't move. We had to share the space with the dodger frame, all the cockpit cushions, jerry cans and now this.

We had a broken hinge on the old, decrepit center hatch which was a long time coming, our dingy was flat as a pancake and we were greeted by stinky, black, persistent and rampant MOLD EVERYWHERE!!!

It was too late to do anything now, there were sheets on the bed so we crashed in what we imagined to be a fluffy, thin veil of mold under our resting bods.

HOLY COW!!! Guess we should've gotten some damp-rid buckets, ya think?

Dudley and Bec

S/V Altair
skype name: dbaltair
skype #: 305.600.2308

Traveling by Car...not boat!
07/30/2010, Ocala, Florida

I know this sounds strange, but it feels surreal being back home, in a house, driving a car to the market, picking up the phone when it rings! It's pretty darn fabulous really, just strange.

We are now going to get in a car for 6 hours and that's strange! No waves under us undulating and slapping at our wind having it's way with us where we need to adjust to it...and surely not nearly the stress of thousands of cars you must trust to stay in their lanes and have some courtesy 'of the road'. This is all lip service, because we are in Miami after all, where it seems everybody is out for themselves and down right scary! Ok, so we've been away from reality for 3 years and maybe, just maybe that's the scenario.

We have so much to do, so many family members and friends to assure we love them still, even more because of the amount of time! We have no idea where to begin with the mess in our home with the flood, clearly from upstairs, State Farm canceling us in December and contractors...UGH!

I think what I'll do is give a recap for each month since we aren't sailing! We usually do get invited to sail with our friends from the Coconut Grove Sailing Club where Dudley is a life member, we'll just have to wait and see!

Dudley and Bec
S/V Altair
skype name: dbaltair skype
#: 305.600.2308

We need to assess the damage!
07/29/2010, Miami, Florida...on land...

It really nice to be home, but the reason is not! We have water damage in our two story townhouse and we're going to have to figure it out! Altair is always a work in progress and it's always nice to come home for some 'luxury'. We love the crusing lifestyle, the simplicity, living simply so others may simply live, my motto for about 40 years...but it's nice to have a fridge, a real shower with a glass enclosure and hot and cold running water. Then there's an oven, a car (well, not until we get it from our son's in West Palm Beach), tall ceilings, spaces for computers to live without having to break them down and stow them away each time. There's cable, high speed internet, mailmen, family and friends! The best for last, of course!!!

Speaking of family...we are renting a car to go to our Grandson's house warming tomorrow in Ocala...a 6 hour drive! This is his first home, his first job as a firefighter ( 3rd generation by the way) and the reason we didn't stay for CARNIVAL, Grenada style! Family rules!

And we thought we'd just take some quiet time and deal with the repairs on the house...NOT!!!


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