Evening Ebb

11 July 2017 | oaxaca mexico
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

tuesday july 11th

11 July 2017 | oaxaca mexico
cool and cloudy
Packed bags seem to be a fitting theme for the past two months.

Six flights on LIAT (three from Grenada to the BVI and three from Grenada to St Maarten -- all on time!!); four flights from Grenada to Oaxaca; a boat delivery from the BVI to Grenada by way of White House Bay St Kitts; and another from St Maarten to Grenada by way of Guadeloupe. Prepared for and rode out tropical storm Bret in Prickly Bay (top winds of 40 knots wind gusts of 48 knots).

This morning it's a lovely 19 degrees with clouds in Oaxaca Mexico. I'm sitting in long pants and a light sweatshirt since 19 degrees actually feels a bit chilly to this Caribbean boy.



Santo Domingo Guzmán

Oaxaca has been a pleasant surprise. Far from the water in the foothills of the Sierra Madre mountains at an elevation of 1555 meters or 5102 feet, it was founded in 1575 and is the largest city in the state of Oaxaca. In the month of the July the highs during the day are only in the mid 20s and the lows at night are in the mid teens. There's street art everywhere as well as museums, churches, and markets. There's been plenty to explore and that's only in the city, not the surrounding villages and archaeological sites.



Chile relleno with frijoles, salad, tortillas, and mole. The food is inexpensive: lunch with a fresh juice was about $4.

What's been most impressive about Oaxaca have been the people and the history. The central city is very old and the people have been friendly and welcoming. Everyone smiles and wishes you a good day.



And finally a sunset from Anse a la Barque, Guadeloupe.

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.

Vessel Name: s/v Evening Ebb
Vessel Make/Model: 1979 Pearson 365 Ketch
Hailing Port: Washington, DC
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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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