02/05/2011, Grand Anse Beach!!!
This is a really cool event each year and this is our second time to enjoy the races! Very cool...killer boats...and this year it was really exciting!
The seas were big, swamping the boats as they shoved off the beach...the winds were high and the boats were over canvased, crashing into each other and just so exhilarating!
Again, oil downs being cooked in large caldrons every 50 feet, music from the humongous speakers, iron man contests and kids and families wearing their national colors in anticipation of Independence Day in a couple of days! Just a blast and a bunch of our friends showed up to help them celebrate this tradition.
Thanks once again Grenada...we are so going to miss this country!
02/04/2011, St. Georges, Grenada
Lucy and Richard, our friends since we arrived in Grenada...just got a new outboard! "Do we want to take a spin and a break from the work on the boat"?
"You BET!!!!" Cameras in tow, we all wanted to check out this monster!
This boat, our inspiration for the 'spin', is called "Le Grand Blue"...she's so decadent that she carries on board a huge sailing yacht on her port side complete with crane and a very large stink-pot on her starboard deck. If they are cost conscious at all do you think they placed only one crane for both boats? NOT. Clearly!!! How smart to you have to be to have that much money? Clearly we aren't, but we're happy!
02/03/2011, Grenada and the entire Caribbean!
I was on one of my hikes to visit my friend Mary Ross in Grand Anse Valley! While I was sitting there talking about her hard times and that of "Rogers Barefoot Beach Bar" her boyfriend (man friend, actually) my friend Tony Jeramiah, National Forestry sees me and stops by for some of Mary's good cooking! Damn it, he had to go because they were meeting with the Japanese about the IWC. They, the Japanese, are giving favors, bribing and buying votes within the IWC to acquire whaling rights here in Grenada and all over the Caribbean, in fact.
This is not new news...but we have to get involved...The Japanese say it's their national policy to help developing countries! BS...they will eat anything they can get from the sea and it will be void of everything that swims if they continue to have control of the IWC.
Let's vote to keep the ban in place...let the whales reproduce and eat something else for a while! The Grenadians are teaching at the school level to refrain from hunting during mating season....are they so desperate for monetary help they have to sell the whaling rights?
02/03/2011, Port Louis Marina Pool...
We were successful in getting Carolyn, Danny,Olga, Don and Lucy and Richard together for a visit by the pool before we all headed off in different directions!
We munched, drank a little wine, laughed, told stories and cried!
Wheeeeeennnnn! Leaving is so hard, but it's not goodbye, see you up island or come to Miami!!! Easier said than felt.
Sheisa...I made a collage in Picassa and it's impossible to place it in my pix folder or here...so this is a pix of everybody at the "Umbrella" restaurant later sans Lucy and Richard...shucks!
02/01/2011, Grenada, Still!
We love taking this opportunity to send e-love! So since February is Love month, it's February style! We like sending e-cards when we can...but it's better to do it here at least...so you know you always hold that big huge spot in our hearts whether we can get an internet connection to hear your voice with a Skype call or not!
James, my gorgeous cousin in Maryland, we wish you a very Happy Birthday on Valentine's Day...so your day is shared with LOVE Day, very cool! You are still wild enough, cool enough and young enough that there's not a spec of doubt about your celebration. To my awesome friend Terry, I miss you lotsly! I miss your killer parties, so accept our wishes on the 23rd, for your day to be as spectacular as you are! To my cousin Cindy, I want details and I haven't heard from you in ages...so please accept our love and best wishes for a great Birthday on the 5th. Tricia, please give Cindy our email or blog address, ok? To Deb Clark, Dudley's cousin, we wish you a very merry Birthday today! We want to know where you went, as your travels always *are * a celebration and yours is no exception. Big Love!!! Last, and but never least, to our very own jokester, Happy Happy Birthday Doug! We love laughing with you! We miss you both very much and wish we were there to help you celebrate, wherever Nahani River has taken you! That's their big beautiful and spaceously lovely catamaran that has been the host of many delightful laughs!
Here's a great big hug for the birthdays and anniversaries we're not aware of, yet!
Big Love, Dudley and Bec
-- Dudley and Bec S/V Altair skype name: dbaltair skype #: 305.600.2308 sailblogs.com/member/altair firstname.lastname@example.org email@example.com
02/01/2011, Right here at PLM...4622
This is Tim, the guy on the right! He's retiring in a couple of months and told his and our buddies on Moondance, Carolyn and Robert, that he was coming to look at a boat for sale in Grenada! Ok, so how does this concern us?
Dudley has been saying for a while now that when we get back to Miami he wants to sell Altair and get a smaller boat... a Sharpie if truth be known. Hey, what about me! I love her too..
We spent hours discussing what we would leave if we sold her here! I cried...and truthfully, I just can't imagine Dudley selling his MISTRESS!!!
Oh well, well see!
We've been working like dogs, turning our stored boat, our house boat, into a sailboat again! We just got the opportunity to speed things up and clean her up having to see with different eyes!
Just like at home...if you want to really clean house...invite your friends for dinner.
Everything is for sale for the right price! Right? He did not make an offer, but the seed has been planted!