Evening Ebb

11 May 2017 | prickly bay, grenada, west indies
02 March 2017 | frigate island, union island, svg, wi
27 February 2017 | tobago cays, svg, wi
24 February 2017 | saltwhistle bay, mayreau, svg, wi
23 February 2017
19 February 2017 | Tyrell Bay, Carriacou, Grenada
17 February 2017 | prickly bay, grenada, wi
20 January 2017 | prickly bay, grenada, west indies
09 November 2016 | Block Island RI
29 September 2016 | block island rhode island
14 September 2016 | prickly bay, grenada, west indies
08 September 2016 | prickly bay, grenada, west indies
01 September 2016 | prickly bay, grenada, w.i.
18 August 2016 | prickly bay, grenada
07 August 2016 | prickly bay grenada wi
26 July 2016 | prickly bay grenada wi
07 July 2016 | prickly bay grenada
16 June 2016 | pier 41 marina, the dockyards, bermuda
09 June 2016 | pier 41, old naval dockyards, bermuda
31 May 2016 | sailfish marina, stuart, florida

thursday may 11th

11 May 2017 | prickly bay, grenada, west indies
sunny and hot
A shot from Savvy looking back at the pack during the third race of the West Indies regatta a week ago Sunday. While the trip to St Barths and back was wet and we hand-steered the boat for over sixty hours each way (with only a compass that had no night light), the trip was a blast and we had fun at the regatta. As a friend reminded me, it's a good thing sailors have such poor short term memory otherwise we'd never go back to sea.

Here's a shot of Savvy back in Grenada tied to her spot in Port Louis Marina

And a shot of the Spirit of Bermuda backing in next to us in Gustavia. The crew was great and they even hosted a Dark and Stormy party on Saturday night. It was fun to spend time on a boat I had walked past so many times when I was in Bermuda last year.

Here's a shot of Sweetheart leaving the quai in Gustavia heading back to Antigua. In 2013 I crewed on her during the Antigua Classics. We beat Savvy and won our class. Sweetheart was berthed next to Savvy at the yacht club in Falmouth harbour and that's where I met Danny and he talked me into bringing my boat to Grenada.

Evening Ebb returned to Prickly Bay on the 12th of March. Since then I logged my 500th dive, installed a television, and managed to lose the dinghy when I must have been tired and forgot to tie it to the boat. Went below and when I came up two hours later, there was no dinghy. As I was on the radio asking if anyone had seen it, Magnum, the boat behind me swung and I saw the dinghy on the beach. Carl was already on his way and he ran me to shore. I hopped out and retrieved it. It's hard to describe the sinking feeling in the pit of your stomach when your only method of dry transportation to shore is missing. I treated the dinghy to a servicing at Sea Safety Services, Donal and Sarah's life raft and dinghy servicing company at Prickly Bay Marina. I think they got it almost as clean as it was when I unpacked it the first time. They found some damage on the bottom of the starboard pontoon and patched it. Other than that, after five years of service, the Zodiac is still in great shape -- and clean!!

Heading to the BVI in two weeks to help friends take their schooner south to Grenada. Should be back in Grenada the middle of June. Then the end of June a quick trip to St Maarten to take a boat straight back to Grenada. After that, I'm still mulling over possibilities for the summer.

Kick 'em Jenny is an active submarine volcano just north of Grenada. It's been active again so we gave the exclusion zone a wide berth on the trip back. One of the most devastating eruptions in the windward islands was when Mt Pele on Martinique erupted. Here's an account of the devastation from that eruption.

And finally, on April 13 the sailboat Vamp was found drifting three miles south of Grenada. When they boarded the boat, the Coast Guard found the body of a 62 year old German sailor who had died during the passage from the Canary islands. The Coast Guard towed the boat to their base in Prickly Bay and it's still here on a mooring while the family and the German government sort out the details of its disposition.

thursday march 2nd

02 March 2017 | frigate island, union island, svg, wi
blustery and a bit squally
Well, we're not in Bequia. We are anchored behind Frigate Island just off Ashton, Union Island in St Vincent and the Grenadines. We're the fourth mast from the left (look for the shortest mast). We moved here Tuesday after watching the weather forecasts and deciding that an upwind bash to Bequia was not going to be any fun.

During December and January the Christmas winds never seemed to materialize. I'm not sure what one calls these winds, but they are howling (20s with gusts in the 30s) and it's been a bit squally. It looks as though the wind is in the forecast for at least the next week and a half to two weeks. So, we're adjusting our plans accordingly. This morning's plan is to check out of St Vincent on Saturday and head over to Tyrell bay and hang out there for awhile before heading back to Grenada and Prickly Bay.

monday the 27th

27 February 2017 | tobago cays, svg, wi
breezy, sun, and passing squalls
Evening Ebb off Baradal island in the Tobago Cays marine park on a mooring ball next to the restricted turtle viewing area. It's been breezy with a bit of howl from the wind in the rigging. After a short run from Saltwhistle bay to the Cays, we've been watching the turtles, snorkeling, reading, and exploring.

Last night, we had a spectacular beach BBQ prepared by my friend Romeo Simmons and his wife (Juliett) with some help from their two boys. Other than a squall during dinner and a nerve-wracking dinghy ride in the dark and rain back to the boat it was a great evening -- good friends and good food. If you're ever in the Tobago Cays, put a BBQ with Romeo on your list of things you must do.

One more day in the Cays and then we're heading to Bequia. Here's a shot of the sun setting between Petit Bateau and Union Island Saturday night.

friday the 24th

24 February 2017 | saltwhistle bay, mayreau, svg, wi
blue skies with a bit of breeze
A picture of the beach in Saltwhistle Bay, Mayreau. It was a short jaunt from Clifton to Saltwhistle Bay yesterday; only about four miles.

It is gorgeous and calm this morning with blue skies and a bit of a breeze. Many of the boats that spent the night in the bay left by 9:30 this morning and a few new ones have already straggled into the mooring field. We're planning to stay one more night and then head over to the Tobago Cays tomorrow morning.

We are definitely in the land of charter boats and day visitors. In Clifton it was entertaining to see how many people could fit onto the dinghies running to shore and out to Happy Island. There were several with nine people crammed onto a ten foot dinghy and we may have seen one dinghy with ten people squeezed aboard. Last night, in Saltwhistle, one of our neighbors ran their generator all night. It was a cool evening, so it's not clear why they would have left it on. And finally, the outboards on the boat boys' boats run so ragged that they almost sound like running anchor chain. Last night one came by about an hour after we'd turned in and it sounded exactly as though someone was dropping an anchor on top of us. Oh well, it was just one of the boat boys returning some revelers to a neighboring boat. After so long in a quiet corner of Prickly Bay, it's fun to see boats that move, and so much activity.

Here's a shot of one of the restaurants along the main road in Mayreau just over the top of the hill from here. It seems as though it's grown over time.

Vessel Name: s/v Evening Ebb
Vessel Make/Model: 1979 Pearson 365 Ketch
Hailing Port: Washington, DC
The boat's name comes from a poem by Robinson Jeffers: Evening Ebb The ocean has not been so quiet for a long while; five nightherons Fly shorelong voiceless in the hush of the air Over the calm of an ebb that almost mirrors their wings. The sun has gone down, and the water has gone [...]
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