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Freya of Clyde
Follow Anne and Alan as they sail through the beautiful Caribbean
GRENADA
11/Dec/2006

We are in St George's Lagoon in Grenada. We spent a week at Hogg Island but have come back here to stock up with some food, do some laundry etc. You would not believe the amount of rain we've been having!

CHEERIO TRINIDAD
01/Dec/2006, Until next year ....

We finally launched "Freya" on Friday 24th November from Powerboats, checked out on Monday 27th and arrived safely in Grenada (Tuesday) morning at 6.15 am after a very pleasant and uneventful sail. We actually managed to sail the whole way! (yes we managed to remember which bits of string to pull!). We're catching up on some minor bits and bobs here in St George's Lagoon before moving round to Hogg Island area for a bit of R&R at the weekend (ha ha - does Alan ever manage to do R&R?). Weather is still very hot with frequent rain showers but it must be better than Scotland's weather!

FREYA HAS NEW CUSHIONS ...
26/Nov/2006, Powerboats, Chaguaramas

Some of you might like to see our new cushions - definitely a bit better than the old, and the throws with the palmtrees lying on their sides have also gone! We reckon a definite improvement. Can't figure out how the teddy bear got into the photo ...

ANTIFOULED AT LAST!
20/Nov/2006, Powerboats, Chaguaramas, Trinidad

It's nearly six months since Alan started to scrape the antifouling off the boat, and he's been working on the hull ever since. He has done other jobs too, but he's worked mostly on the hull - wee soul. He's got bulging biceps now! He's been known as the "blue man", and the "white man". However, we never quite got him made into a "black man", although some of the locals here were beginning to think that he's one of them! So, with only one and a half weeks before we have to leave Trinidad, the black antifouling was finally painted on yesterday morning. Pity about the top sides!! However, when we return to Trinidad next June or July we'll think about getting the topsides painted.

Anne and Alan at "Sails" restaurant
19/Nov/2006, Powerboats, Chaguarmas, Trinidad, WI

The Sunday night Barbeque at "Sails" in Powerboats is a "must" for the yachties. Anne and Alan must have enjoyed the pork ribs .....

FREYA CELEBRATES DIVALI IN TRINIDAD
23/Oct/2006, Felicity

Jesse James, our wonderful cruisers taxi driver extraordinare organises a trip for us every year to see "Divali" (which means rows and rows and rows of lighted oil lamps”), the Festival of Lights. This celebration means as much to Hindus as Christmas does to Christians. The festival is among one of the most memorable and beautiful festivals celebrated in Trinidad and it is observed on the new moon day of the month of Kaartik in the Hindu calendar which is also the darkest night of the year. The origins of Divali are based on the harvesting festivals and legends of India. Divali symbolizes triumph of light over darkness, good over evil and knowledge over ignorance. In Trinidad Divali is a public holiday and weeks of fasting and abstinence by the Hindu community climax in the lighting of thousands of tiny deyas (small clay pots filled with oil.) in courtyards, homes and parks all over the country. It is very much a community affair and entire villages are illuminated, traditional Indian wear is donned, and special foods and sweets are prepared to share with friends and neighbours.

As cruisers, we feel very lucky to be included in the celebrations. This is one of the few occasions when the cruisers must look presentable, and we are asked to dress elegantly”. Over 150 cruisers were loaded onto buses for the trip to the Hindu village of Felicity, just south of Port of Spain. Leaving our shoes outside, we were ushered into the Hindu Temple where we were given a short talk by one of the local priests who explained to us the origins of Divali and afterwards, one of the local dancers and several drummers from a tassa band entertained us to a display of local dancing and music. Some of our own cruisers joined in the dancing at the end! After locating our shoes from outside the Temple, we made our way to the local hall where a traditional Divali dinner of vegetables and roti, followed by Indian sweets were served, all washed down with non-alcoholic drinks. Jesse, his maxi-taxi drivers and his family made and served all the food. We felt we were part of his family for the evening. After filling ourselves full of roti we had time to wander round the village looking at the amazing array of deyas and fairy lights, which decorated all the houses in the streets. The local Hindus, dressed in their traditional finery, called out Divali greetings to all who passed. Anne wandered into the Hare Krishna temple she decided to get just a "wee bit" involved! Lots of drums, bells, flowers and incense made the Temple an interesting experience.

After several hours of exploring the village our feet declared it was time to head back to our maxi-taxi and then home to the boat where we, thank goodness, had our first alcoholic drink of the day! Thanks to Jesse James of Members Only Maxi Taxi Service for a wonderful evening.
link to Jesse James, Members Only

8 OF HEARTS STEELBAND CONCERT
28/Sep/2006, LAVENTILLE, PORT OF SPAIN

link to limbo girls

You'll love this one - click on the above link and then go to Pages 9 and 10!! The limbo girls were only part of this night out. There were eight steel pan bands who played along with a chamber orchestra, a violinist, singers and of course the limbo dancers.

SUNBRELLA OR UMBRELLA!
25/Sep/2006, Powerboats, Chaguaramas, Trinidad

Well, the rumour is true - Anne really does work on the boat. It's extremely hot on the foredeck, so some cover is required, therefore the umbrella became a sunbrella.

THE BLUE MAN
See http://www.sailblogs.com/gallery/LIFE-ON-THE-HARD
25/Aug/2006, Powerboats, Chaguaramas

We've decided to completely remove all our antifouling, and it's a horrible job. Alan has become know as "the blue man", but he has now purchased what he calls a "zoot suit", which means he's somewhat more protected by the suit than he was when he was only wearing a t-shirt and shorts. The antifouling is nasty stuff. He spends about two hours each evening scraping the stuff off the hull and then spends another two hours in the shower trying to wash the blue away!the photos:link

Not a hurricane - just a strong gust of wind!
08/Aug/2006, Chaguaramas, Trinidad

We've "borrowed" this photograph from s/v "Do It" who managed to capture the scene before the guys started pulling the damaged boats apart.

PROBLEMS IN THE BOATYARD
Trinidad boat with attachments
28/Jul/2006, Chaguaramas Bay, Trinidad

Slight mayhem in the boatyard yesterday - a wee storm came through Chaguarmas. Unfortunately, one of the boats couldn't quite handle the strain of the yacht supports and oh dear, the domino effect came into play and 3 yachts fell over. This is a picture of one of the yachts - the insurance company may have a field day with this one. Of the other two yachts - one broke its mast and the other, just having been brought ashore 4 hours earlier, ended up lying on its side. Are there some yacht surveyors out there who can hazard a guess at this - the whole boatyard is gossiping! Rumour has it this boat had a soft hull - you know that way glass fibre goes when it's been wet for a long time.

GIANT LEATHERBACK TURTLES
14/Jul/2006, Matura Beach, Trinidad

One of the highlights of being in Trinidad is being able to visit Matura Beach on the east coast of Trinidad to see the Giant Leatherback Turtles laying their eggs in the sand. A two and a half hour journey from the delights of the boatyard in Chaguaramas took us to Matura Beach, courtesy of Jesse James Maxi Taxi Service. It's a long ride, most of it in the dark as we don't leave the boatyard until 5.00 pm. There are 5 other couples on the bus with us. However, Jesse entertains us with a constant supply of information and stories to keep us amused. He says there's only a 50/50 chance of seeing turtles. We arrived near the beach, where's there's a few tables and a washroom for our convenience. Jessie provides us with a typical Trini dinner of chicken, rice and vegetables and a soft drink. Before we've even had a chance of finishing eating we're told there's a turtle on the beach. Food forgotten, off we go. Our guide says the turtle is about to lay her eggs several miles along the beach. We duly tramped along the beach, the pounding waves to our left and the dense, dark jungle to our right. The clouds were covering the sky and the weather looked ominous. We could barely see where we were going. However, we could see a small, dim red and white light shining in the distance - a guide was telling us to follow the light. We eventually reached the turtle and the guide. The guide gave us a narrative on the life cycle of the Leatherback Turtle while Mum was laying her eggs. Up until the point the turtle starts laying her eggs, she is very sensitive to disturbance, but during the egg laying process she goes into a trance and we were allowed to touch her and take photographs. The whole process takes some considerable time, but just as she was covering her nest of eggs the rain started and we all decided to head back to the bus. Of course, we got soaked to the skin on the way back to the bus, but nobody really cared! We passed another six turtles as we walked in the rain, either lumbering out of the sea or preparing their nests to lay their eggs. We were within two hundred yards of the bus when we saw our last turtle coming up the beach - had we known that number six was coming ashore we wouldn't have had the long hike along the beach, but hey, we would have missed the other five! Thanks Jessie for a wonderful evening.

FAME AT LAST
08/Jul/2006, (at least in Trinidad!)

We've really made the "big time" - here's a clip from the July issue of the BOCA. They didn't quite get all the facts right, but altogether we're rather pleased with it. link to the BOCA

Vixen!
06/Jul/2006, in Chaguaramas, Trinidad

Our friends Denise and Paul from "Vixen" finally made it to Trinidad. We last saw them in Vero Beach, Florida at Christmas time. They motored into Chaguaramas Bay and we waved like mad things to them as they passed on their way to Customs and Immigration. We got together with Paul and Denise last night at Joe's Pizza in Coral Cove Marina. We're really looking forward to having some fun with them both. They brought along Kent and Faye from "Southern Mist 11" - they had sailed down as buddy boats from Grenada and altogether we had a great night.

The monthly BOCA prize
25/Jun/2006, Cafe Feel Oh

What a surprise to find that we had won the June BOCA prize! BOCA is the free publication printed in Trinidad for the yachties every month. Our prize was lunch for two in the Cafe Feel Oh and Jack Dausend from the BOCA office and the restaurant manageress Arlene made sure we enjoyed ourselves. Thanks very much guys for a great lunch.

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