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12 December 2018 | Tyrell Bay - Carriacou
11 December 2018 | True Blue - Grenada
09 December 2018 | True Blue - Grenada
07 December 2018 | True Blue - Grenada
06 December 2018 | Clarkes Court Bay - Grenada
05 December 2018 | Clarkes Court Bay - Grenada
04 December 2018 | Clarkes Court Bay - Grenada
02 December 2018 | Clarkes Court Bay - Grenada
01 December 2018 | Clarke’s Court Bay - Grenada
30 November 2018 | Clarke’s Court Marina Bar - Grenada
30 November 2018 | Clarke's Court Marina - Grenada
26 November 2018 | Clarke’s Court Marina Yard - Grenada
24 November 2018 | Gatwick Airport
23 November 2018 | Home in the UK
23 November 2018 | Home in the UK
17 November 2018 | Home in the UK
12 November 2018 | Home UK
11 November 2018 | Home in the UK
11 November 2018 | Home in the UK
07 September 2018 | Home in the UK

Seasick Matron and The One That Got Away

12 December 2018 | Tyrell Bay - Carriacou
Frank
Up at 5.30 am
Sort out running back stays.
Tea for Mandy at 5.50 as Matron says she was so good looking after me when I was poorly.
Start engine
Cast off mooring and we are away as Matron appears (Mandy is not a morning person!
We have a six hour trip ahead to Carriacou.
As we leave the northern tip of Grenada the fishing rod whines briefly.
I run to it, but too late.
The bloody fish had taken my brand new Australian fishing lure and bitten right though the line.
They do a lot of sports fishing around here for Marlin.
Last year we caught a massive sailfish with Eddie but had to cut it free because it was too big to land.
We then had a very bumpy wet crossing to Carriacou and Matron was very pale and almost sick!
We arrived at lunch time and anchored near Brisa.
Health is much better thanks to Matron.

A Body in an Old Sail Bag

11 December 2018 | True Blue - Grenada
Frank
The plan was to put my body in an old sail bag and send it home to be buried in the vegetable garden!
But things have improved a bit.
Mandy has been rummaging deep in the bilges for the emergency meds stash.
She found some Ciprofloxacin a good prostatitis bug slayer.
It's started working, temperature is down (from 102 for 3 days) and grumpiness is down too.
It's much better than the Nitrofurantoin I was prescribed.
So hopefully we can put the sail bag back in the locker, drop the mooring and be on our way in a couple of days.

The Bug or Something

09 December 2018 | True Blue - Grenada
Frank
I have spend two days being really poorly.
Thank goodness Mandy is OK
We were planning to sail up to Carricou but I'm just not well enough.
So we are still at True Blue.
So for any of my dear doctor friends my symptoms are:
Terrible pains in all joints and back.
Temperature 102F
Peeing painful but no blood in urine.
The runs
Total loss of appetite...(unusual for me)
Drinking water only, tea tastes too bitter and I could not drink a beer even if forced too.
Movement difficult and getting comfortable even our nice breezy forepeak is impossible.
Don't know if it is a local bug carried by mosquitoes or if it is the dreaded recurring prostatitis.
Have being taking parecetomol for temperature and ibuprofen for the aches. Just started Nitrofurantoin just in case it is prostatitis.

True Blue Sailing

07 December 2018 | True Blue - Grenada
Frank
We left lifted our very muddy anchor at 08.00 yesterday morning, left Clarke’s Court Bay and motored south out through the reefs.
The wind and waves had died down from the previous day but there was still over 20 knots of wind and a some swell.
We turned west and headed down wind and raised the Genoa.
It was the first time the sails had been up this season, which is always a worry!
We had a very pleasant sail down the coast and recalibrated the new speed log on route to True Blue Bay.
We picked up a mooring ball near Brisa near the Hotel rather than drop an anchor.
All in all a very pleasant first sail.
We are planning to head to Carriacou soon.

Wind and More Wind

06 December 2018 | Clarkes Court Bay - Grenada
Frank
Very windy all day yesterday.
We had a nice long hike in the morning.
Did some final tidying up below decks after lunch.
The boat is looking great.
Then at 3 we invited Kathadin for tea which turned into beer, pickles wine and politics until dark.
The weather is beautiful today.
We plan to sail off round coast to True Blue Bay today.

Wet and Windy

05 December 2018 | Clarkes Court Bay - Grenada
Frank
It's is 6.00 am after a very windy night at anchor, it's been blowing Force 5 all night.
Yesterday we had some severe tropical showers, but.... it's warm out here.
We had a very enjoyable hike around Hog Island in the morning and found a beautiful bay on the far shore.
Simon from Brisa gave me some canvas which I have modified to form a front hatch rain / sun shade. It works brilliantly we can now leave the hatch open and get air through the boat over night.
I fitted a new shower rail in the forward heads to replace the grotty old one.
Fast Manicou delivered 4 cases of beer in preparation for meeting up with the thirsty Swedes in Bequai.
We had yet another OCC gathering at Whisper Cove Restaurant, this time to celebrate Robin from Mermaids Birthday.
We do more socialising out here in a few days than we do in months at home!

The Weekend Update

04 December 2018 | Clarkes Court Bay - Grenada
Mandy and Frank
It is 6.30 am and the first tea of the day is here with me at the chart table and Mandy has hers in bed!
The weather has been Very Warm & Sunny with occasional windy showers .
We are getting back into he routine of living on board and popping off out and about in the dinghy.
The new engine is still running in but very easy to start, which is a blessing for an outboard.
On Sunday afternoon we went to the Hog Island BBQ with live music and excellent food. We met up with Serenity, Brisa and Mermaid there.
Monday morning was my turn on the rota to run OCC Shortwave Net. It was great to catch up with friends all over the Caribbean including our good friends on Cranstackie who were in the French islands.
Today Serenity are launching and they will come along side so we can get our spare dinghy back from them.
The last post when by SSB via Panama I will check the propagation to find the best station to send this one too.
Thank you for all your comments we enjoy reading them.

First Short Wave Post

02 December 2018 | Clarkes Court Bay - Grenada
Mandy and Frank
It is 6 am here and just getting light.
It was our first night at anchor and great to be afloat.
Yesterday morning I replaced the generator water pump which I totally rebuilt in my workshop at home over the summer. The generator is now working well.
We had a very sociable lunch time gathering at Whisper Cover yesterday with Mermaid, BlueJacket, Brisa and Serenity. Mandy keeps telling me off for going too fast with the new 15hp Yamaha outboard on the dinghy!
This post is being sent via the boat laptop and SSB short wave radio so ... hopefully it will work.
This post was sent via radio station in Panama

Off The Dock

01 December 2018 | Clarke’s Court Bay - Grenada
Frank
We are now safely off the dock and anchored int the bay.
We are having Saturday lunch with 4 other OCC boats at Whisper Cove

Provisions & Weather

30 November 2018 | Clarke’s Court Marina Bar - Grenada
Frank
This morning 4 of us rented a minibus.
Brisa, BlueJacket, Serenity and Infinity B.
We did a massive shopping trip and dropped off our light wind sails on Ellen to bing back to the UK in the Spring.
We now have beer, food and Rum.
We fired up the SSB and that works fine.
Below decks all is pretty tidy and the provisions stored.
Tomorrow we leave the dock and go off to into the bay to anchor.
We still haven’t put the main sail up as it’s been very wet and windy.

Afloat

30 November 2018 | Clarke's Court Marina - Grenada
Frank
We have had a very busy time getting ready. But we have launched and are now afloat. The engine battery failed so we have had to buy another. Both heads had minor problems with seals etc but are now fully functional. The water maker failed to start but that too is now fine. The dinghy is now afloat too and the new engine took a little while to start but works very well. We are next to BlueJacket and I manage to get their bilge pump working. Brisa have moved off the dock and are now anchored by Hogs Island. Serenity flew in yesterday and launch if a few days. Terrible Wi-fi at present we will try to buy sims for 4G tomorrow. I still need to swap the water pump on the generator. I'm hoping to fire up the Short Wave SSB and try posting a blog from from it. So ... the sailing begins!

In Grenada

26 November 2018 | Clarke’s Court Marina Yard - Grenada
Frank
It was a 04.30 start from very long 11+ hours flight to Grenada with a touch down in St Lucia.
We have two nights booked in the marina apartment which is very comfortable.
We spent yesterday de cluttering the boat and trying to make it habitatable again I also cleaned the propeller.
Mattia our delightful and brilliant Italian friend has done some great work while we were away looking after Infinity B and dealt with the crate and all it's contents too.
He has done a great job rechalking large area of the teak deck.
He polished the hull beautifully and yesterday sanded the copper coat anti foul.
Today there's plenty more to do...

Steam Radio

24 November 2018 | Gatwick Airport
Frank & Mandy
Once we are on the boat we often use our Short Wave Radio known as SSB to update our SailBlogs blog.
We then add photos when we have access to Wi-fi.
The SailBlogs blog automatically updates our Facebook page.
If you enter comments on Facebook we can only view them when we have Wi-fi.
But if you enter comments directly on the SailBlogs blog we pick them up daily by shortwave radio.
It's an incredibly slow and tedious process and is very depended on time of day and sun spots.
But ... it works
So we would love to hear from you while we are at sea or at anchor.
Frank & Mandy

Tomorrow To The Caribbean

23 November 2018 | Home in the UK
Frank
It’s our last day in the UK
We fly out to Grenada tomorrow to join Infinity B
There’s lots to do before we launch on 28th
We are hoping to sail up to Beguai for Christmas
We will then sail across th Caribbean Sea to the US Virgin Islands.
Then we will work our way SE back round the Caribbean Island chain beck to Grenada for March.
Should fly back home in April
You can follow us on the blog

Tomorrow To The Caribbean

23 November 2018 | Home in the UK
Frank
It’s our last day in the UK
We fly out to Grenada tomorrow to join Infinity B
There’s lots to do before we launch on 28th
We are hoping to sail up to Beguai for Christmas
We will then sail across th Caribbean Sea to the US Virgin Islands.
Then we will work our way SE back round the Caribbean Island chain beck to Grenada for March.
Should fly back home in April
You can follow us on the blog

One Week To Go

17 November 2018 | Home in the UK
Frank
Just one week before we fly out to Grenada.
Robin from S/Y Mermaid kindly sent us a photo of Infinity B in the yard at Clarke’s Court Marina.
We have our bags packed and most of the domestic projects finished.
Mark and Pam are all set to look after the house and Poppy The Dog.
Unfortunately our old cat died last week aged 16, so we think we might kidnap Morris The Ships Cat from S/Y Unicorn!
We have heard from a number of our Ocean Cruising Club friends who are already back out there or on their way.
We are looking forward to seeing them all.

Test Post By Email

12 November 2018 | Home UK
Frank
This a test post by email which will hopefully go to the new Infinity B Facebook page.

A quick test post from SailBlogs

11 November 2018 | Home in the UK
Another quick post test
Hopefully this will appear on the new Sailing Infinity B Facebook wall

Off To The Caribbean in Two Weeks

11 November 2018 | Home in the UK
Frank
We fly out to Grenada on 24th of November.
We have lots to do before we can launch her.
Fortunately we have Mattia to help.
He has already been working on the teak decks

The Crate

07 September 2018 | Home in the UK
Frank
We are getting ready for the new season.
Mattia has been tidying the teak decks up on Infinity B in Grenada.
He is also going to give her a good polish before we arrive in November.
Meantime we have send a huge crate of bits out which arrived yesterday.
Mattia is going to sort the crate out for us too.
It is a huge benefit to have Mattia looking after things for us.
In the crate We have a new windlass to go with our new chain.
A couple of dive tanks.
A load of DVDs, water filters, tools and tons of small items too.
There are also items for Brisa, Ellen and Blue Jacket.
We used Ram for shipping and Kellon as a local broker.
All went well without a hitch

The Croatian Trip

12 June 2018 | Pula - Croatia
Frank
We have recently come back from a fabulous 4 day trip to Croatia.
Our good OCC friend Milan from S/Y Nevera invited us to his holiday home.
We flew from Stanstead to Pula.
Milan was a fantastic host and us round.
Croatia is full of Roman antiquities, friendly people and beautiful seas and scenery.
The food was excellent and terrific value.
Thank you Milan for such a great time and we look forward to seeing you afloat again in The Caribbean.

Tinker Tramp For Sale

12 June 2018 | Easton on the Hill
Frank and Mandy
We have a Tinker Tramp for sale.
It has had very light use and is in great condition.
It comes complete with mast, sails oars etc and also has a liferaft kit.
Please drop us a line if you know anybody who may be interested.

House Sitting / Rental

06 June 2018 | Easton on the Hill
Frank
We are planning another sailing trip for 4 to 6 months starting end of November.

We are still looking for a suitable person or couple to take care of our home from December through to April.

Easton on the Hill is a beautiful conservation village near Stamford with excellent roar and rail links.

Deben House is on Church Street, Easton on the Hill and is fully furnished and has recently been totally refurbished.

We are offering a very attractive deal for the right tenants are we can be fairly flexible over the exact letting period.

We would be very grateful if you could pass our contact details onto anyone suitable that you think might be interested.

Last Day in The Caribbean

01 May 2018 | Clarke’s Court Marina - Grenada
Frank
We spent a delightful week in Mount Hartman Bay.
The new Yamaha outboard was delivered.
Loads of power and much quieter.
We used the running procedure to visit Clarke’s Court, Whisper Cove and Phare Blue.
We also had a delightful bus trip into St George’s via the the local brewery.
We have been doing lots of socialising with Serenity and Ellen and will be sad to leave them.
The boat is now hauled out and all packed up ready for the hurricane season and Mattia is going to take care of her and do a few jobs while we are away.
Our flight leaves tomorrow evening and arrives Thursday morning.
It’s been a fantastic 5 months but we are looking forward to getting home.
Thank you all for following the blog and all your comments.
There have been nearly 37,000 visits to the blog since we started it!

Dining Out and New Outboard

21 April 2018 | Mount Hartman Bay - Grenada
Frank
We spent sailed round and anchored in True Blue bay on Wednesday.
Ellen sailed round too later in the day and took a mooring buoy.
It is one of our favourite spots with and excellent bar called the Dodgy Dock.
On Thursday we walked round to Prickly Bay and ordered a new larger Yamaha outboard engine. We are hoping to sell our old one before we fly back.
We had pizza with Chris and Penny from Kalma Daze and met up with Dream Catcher too.
On Friday morning we dropped and put away our staysail and then sailed round to Mount Hartman Bay.
It’s a very calm and delightful spot.
We walked round to Prickly Bay Marina and met up with Graham and Christine from Eowyn for lunch.
We will probably take the rest of the sails down tomorrow.

Diving and Breakages

17 April 2018 | St George’s - Grenada
Frank
We are now back in Grenada at St George's Yacht Club with Ellen and another couple of OCC boats.
We had a most fantastic time after over a weeks diving with Dive Carriacou and will post all the photos shortly.
We left Tyrell Bay Carriacou on Sunday at dawn with Daryl from Carriacou Diving as extra crew.
It was excellent sail down but despite Daryl's enthusiasm we did not catch any fish again!
We have had a fortunate season with very few repairs or breakages, however with only two weeks to go things have started going wrong.
The generator packed up, the window catch fell off, the speed log completely died and the engine room fan died again and.....
the bloody washing machine is shaking to bits and leaking!
So we have been madly fixing and cleaning the boat.
We are also looking forward to meeting up with Karma Daze before they fly home.

Idyllic Island and Diving

11 April 2018 | Tyrell Bay - Carriacou
Frank

We are still in Carriacou and very much enjoying it.
We have been doing lots of diving with Bob and Daryl from Carriacou Diving.
We spent one night on a mooring just off Sandy Island opposite Paradise Island.
Peter and Jackline from Ellen brought a bottle fizz for the most fantastic sundowners on the Island.
It was absolutely idyllic.
Another evening we had an early evening OCC gathering with DreamCatcher, Ellen, Katahdin and two other boats
Yesterday we went for a long hike after diving and came back really knackered!
This morning is more diving and this afternoon we are going to try to rebuild our mattress at the sail loft with some extra foam.




Diving in Volcanos

06 April 2018 | Tyrell Bay - Carriacou
Frank
We had a very splendid few days in Chatham Bay on Union with Ellen and Dream Catcher.
We did some great hikes with some unbelievable views across to Tobago Cays and down to Clifton.
Mandy enjoyed some stunning snorkelling around the northern edge of the bay.
On Wednesday we sailed to Clifton and checked out before a very pleasant sail down to Tyrell Bay in Carriacou.

Peter and Jackline on Ellen followed us down and are anchored just behind us.

Yesterday we did our first dive in Carriacou and it was Peter's first dive in over 30 years.

Today we did our second dive in through the volcanic bubbles and beautiful reefs but with fairly strong currents.

In the afternoon walked up to Paradise Beach for a delightful and well priced lunch.

More diving planned for Saturday after Mandy does her turn again as OCC net controller.

Old Age and Pretty Fish

31 March 2018 | Frigate Rock - Union Island
Frank
After nearly a week we moved from Tobago Cays where we have had a great time snorkelling and socialising.

Mandy particularly enjoyed seeing the huge variety of pretty fish species in the crystal clear water on very shallow reefs.

We are now anchored just of Frigate Rock on Union Island.

We stopped off briefly in Clifton to buy provisions yesterday. Where we anchored briefly next to Tango.

Today's my 61st birthday and we are planning to meet up with Dream Catcher to go out for lunch.

It was exactly a year ago I started a whole horrid series of tests and procedures at hospital back in the UK.

Fortunately this year I am certainly much better thanks to the consultant, our GP John and all the magic potions!

Thank you all for your kind birthday wishes on Facebook.

Rum and Turtles

27 March 2018 | Tabago Cays - The Grenadines
Frank
We have spent the past few days anchored in Tobago Cays with Unicorn, Jammin and Dream Catcher .

Yesterday the weather was a bit overcast and we helped Hakan on Unicorn with a few mast jobs in the morning.

In the evening we had a great drinks party on board Infinity B. We provided the rum and the venue Unicorn provided a very tasty fruit punch mix to which we added the rum. Dream Catcher and Jammin brought excellent nibbles and ice.

We have seen a large number of multi coloured turtles and we are off snorkelling to see them again today.

Sunset Drinks, Bright Stars and Radio Waves

24 March 2018 | Tabago Cays - The Grenadines
Frank
We had a very pleasant drink on Happy Island in Clifton Bay and watched the sun set and the kite boarders do the most amazing acrobatics.

In the evening we watched “Good Morning Vietnam” as training for Mandy’s new role as an Ocean Cruising Club (OCC) Radio Net controller!

During the night the skies were jet black and the stars shone like diamonds… 5 minutes later the heavens opened up and we had to rush round shutting hatches.. The weather is so fickle this year.

This morning I gave Mandy breakfast in bed in preparation for her first day as Net Controller. All went well and we had a large number of ladies checking in to support her.

We left Union Island at about 08.30 and sailed round west of Mayreau, over the top and down into Tobago Cays. Not a long trip but extremely pleasant.

It’s a fantastic anchorage, with turquoise water and white waves pounding on the reefs.

We are hoping another couple of OCC boats will join us this afternoon.

Simply Stunning

23 March 2018 | Clifton Bay - Union Island - SVG
Frank
We are still in Union Island.

Perfect fresh French baguettes and warm banana bread were delivered at 08.00 by a charming smiling local boat taxi.

We had a great hike today with clear views of the Grenadines and the crystal clear water.

I failed to convince Mandy to take the beginners kite boarding course!

The wind has dropped a little and every is simply stunning.
We are pleased that we rearranged thinks to stay longer in The Caribbean.

Wind, Waves and Kites

22 March 2018 | Clifton Bay - Union Island - SVG
Frank
We are now safely on a mooring in Clifton Bay on Union Island.
It was as predicted a bumpy and windy anchorage last night with a heavy wet squall at about 02.30.
We left Petite Martinique at about 08.45 this morning after running the OCC Net.
It took a while to get the anchor up as we had lots of chain out, the holding was very muddy and it was pretty wavy too.
The sail across this morning was fast and furious on a broad reach with 25 to 30 knots of wind on very little sail.
At one point I got swamped by a large wave hitting us directly on the side. Mandy of course stayed dry tucked up under the spray hood!
I got drenched again in the dinghy coming back from checking in at customs.
So..... I am sat here in nothing but a towel, having had a shower and put all the wet kit in the washing machine.
Mandy is in scrubbing the water line as penance.
Clifton Bay is busy with people waiting for the winds to drop over the weekend.
But..... the kite surfers are out in force and really enjoying themselves
We are hoping to get across to Tobago Cays on Saturday.

The Winds are back in Paradise.

21 March 2018 | Petite Martinique
Frank
We are still anchored off Petite Martinique.
It has been perfect all day but now it is blowing force 7 again and the sun is just beginning to set.
Fortunately we don't have that hideous north swell back too!
The trade winds just won't settle down for more than a couple of days.
Yesterday afternoon we walked right round to the western tip of the island and looked right across to The village of Windward on Carriacou.
It is absolutely delightful with virtually no cars and certainly no white folk.
People are a little shy but very friendly.
It is probably the last unspoilt Caribbean island.
This morning we walked right round the eastern point and then up the hills where we had spectacular views to the north towards Union Island, Mayreu and Tobago Cays.
We had an excellent lunch The Palm Beach Restaurant and we were the only people there.
In the afternoon we took the dinghy across to Petite St Vincent where the water was so blue and the beaches just so white!
So we have battened down the hatches and expect a rolly night - being the insomniac I guess I will sleep in the cockpit and do anchor watch again!

Squeals from The Crew

20 March 2018 | Petite Martinique
Frank
We left Tyrell Bay in Grenada mid morning after checking out with customs and buying some groceries in the marina.
We are now anchored between Petite Martinique and Petite St Vincent.
We have Grenada to the due East. Union Island and Tobago Cays are due North.
The trip round was very varied and even in these much lighter trade winds we had the Toe Rail in the water which got Mandy squealing!
It's a fantastic place we are right on the edge of the Atlantic and only protected by a shallow reef and we are looking forward to going ashore.
It is a pity that the weather prevented us getting here a couple of weeks ago.

Back in Tyrrel bay

19 March 2018 | Tyrrel bay Carriacou
Mandy and Frank
We spent a couple of days in Clark's Court waiting for the trade winds to moderate and while we were there we went to Brisa's farewell gathering on the pontoon and to Toodelloo for some wonderful home made cinnamon buns and coffee with several other occ boats.
The weather window allowed us to sail down the windward side of Grenada and avoid the grumbling volcano.
A big fish bit off our shiny new fishing lure so it is spag bol again tonight!

Very Windy to Windward

16 March 2018 | Clarke’s Court Bay - Grenada
Frank
It got pretty lumpy during the night, so we left True Blue Bay at about 8.30 this morning and bashed our way to windward to Clarke’s Court Bay.
It was very wet and uncomfortable head to wind and the Atlantic waves in nearly 30 knots of wind.
Silvio from On The Spot very kindly welded up our anchor locker catch at no charge.
We then had lunch with Brisa and Blue Jacket at Whisper Cove.
In the afternoon we ordered our anchor chain from Alan at North Yachts.
The warning is still out on the volcano and the trade winds are still very strong.
None the less it’s great to be here!

True Blue Dragons

15 March 2018 | True Blue Bay - Grenada
Frank
We spent yesterday night on a mooring at the Marine Park just off Dragons Bay north of St George’s..
It was very pleasant but we had to put a series of VHF calls out because of a sailing boat apparently adrift. It managed to get itself sorted after about an hour and sailed away.
This morning after I ran the OCC radio net, we sailed back across St George’s Bay thankfully with out incident this time.
We are now in True Blue Bay.
It is picturesque and quiet with reasonable shelter from the strong trade winds which persist.
It is one of our favourite bays.
We will probably head to Clarke’s Bay tomorrow morning to join a number of our OCC friends.

Reckless Abandonment and Dangerous Seamanship

14 March 2018 | Dragons Bay - Grenada
Frank
We have just been witness to an incident of reckless abandonment and appallingly dangerous seamanship by a Sandals Dive Boat in Grenada.
We are both PADI Advanced Open Water Divers and we are experienced transatlantic sailors with over 30 years experience.
Today shortly after 11.00 a Sandalls dive boat caused the near disaster to both their customers and our sailing boat.
We were sailing from Point Saline's on the South West tip of Grenada on a course of approximately 024 degrees in a direct line to Dragon Bay just north of St. George's.
The sea state was moderate but the wind speed was high 25 knots gusting to 30 knots. We had only a partial Genoa out. We were using AIS and transmitting our course and speed.
We were about over 1 mile offshore.
We kept well clear of two dive boats to the East of us, passing them by about ¼ mile.
We were following about 1½ miles directly behind another sailing boat also under sail - a Bavaria 42 called Namaste.
There were two of us onwatch on our boat Infinity B - a Najad 460. I was sitting to leeward and my wife to windward. Visibility was good.
We were about ½ mile past the dive boats when the Sandals Dive boat took off with two huge outboard engines and headed straight for us from our port side a full speed.
At the same time we noticed a group of divers in the water approximately 20 yards off to our port side.
They were all surfaced with inflated BCDs. They had absolutely no fluorescent markers or buoys of any sort. They were 1 mile offshore with no dive boat near them and they were not easily visible until we were upon them.
If we had been a fast motor boat we would have certainly hit them.
The Sandals Dive Boat then came between us and the divers at high speed and turned straight across our bows with virtually nothing to spare.
The divers were lucky not be sucked into its wake and we were forced to turn sharply to Starboard to avoid collision.
To leave unattended and unmarked divers in the water so far offshore is totally inexcusable.
To further endanger them and to endanger us and our boat in such a manner is beyond words.
I am sure as a reputable tour operator Sandals will want to fully investigate this incident as will PADI.

Baskets and Bowls

14 March 2018 | St George’s - Grenada
Frank
We have had a great few days in the marina at St George’s Yacht Club.
We very much enjoyed the thriving market where we bought three hand made wicker baskets from Elizabeth. They look great in the saloon.
We had supper with a very interesting OCC member who was a retired judge from London. It was an excellent meal he prepared and fascinating conversation. We stayed far too late and felt a little hung over the following morning.
We have also replaced some of our very tired plastic bowls and plates with some very fancy new German melamine ones.
We are planning to head north again to Union Island and Tobago Quays and keeping well clear of the volcano!

Urgent Volcano Alert

13 March 2018 | St George’s - Grenada
Frank
We have just received an urgent red alert.
There is significant potent activity for volcano Kick-Em Jenny.
We have sailed across it twice this season and we are only a few miles away now.
The Grenadan Government have just made a 5 mile exclusion zone.
We were planning to sail across it tomorrow to go back upto Carriacou.
We shall have to think again!

Domestics before it rains!

12 March 2018 | St George’s - Grenada
Frank
We are safely in the marina at St George’s Yacht Club in Grenada.
We had a very pleasant walk upto the fort and round the fishing dock yesterday evening.
This morning we are on our 4th lot of washing whilst we have acess to plenty of water and power.
It looks like rain so hopefully we will get it all dried.
We are then off on foot to further investigate the beautiful town centre and market.

URGENT FISHING UPDATE

11 March 2018 | On Passage Carriacou to Grenada
Frank and Mandy
Just caught a massive sailfish north of Grenada.
The rod was almost at breaking point.
The reel was fine and the 300lb breaking strain Dyneema line was holding.
But with strong winds and waves we just could not get it on board.
So we had to cut the line.
When we told the local fishermen in the marina they said they have a “strong catch & return policy” and they always put them back too!

On Passage Carriacou to Grenada Again

11 March 2018 | On Passage Carriacou to Grenada
Frank and Mandy
We lifted the anchor at dawn (05.50) in Tyrell Bay in Carriacou.
We have been sailing about an hour.
Moderate winds (30 knt) and average seas (2 to 3m swell).
Weather forecast is for strong gusts, so we have staysail and a small main.
We are just past the Saline islands and heading directly for the volcano off Kick-Em Jenny.
All is well and Eddie and Julie are fine.

The Wind Returns

09 March 2018 | Tyrell Bay - Carriacou
Frank
On Sunday morning we all helped Bluejacket onto a mooring as they had engine failure.
In the afternoon we all went to Hog Island for the regular Sunday BBQ and live music.
On Monday the forecast was for light winds with some south in it. So we left Clarke's Court Bay and headed north up the East Coast (Atlantic Side) of Grenada to Carriacou.
We had excellent views Grenada and the islands. We stopped off at Saline island for lunch, but with strong currents and darkening skies we decided not to stay overnight.
So we anchored in our usual spot back in Tyrell Bay in Carriacou.
On Tuesday we set up the spare dinghy and Julie and Eddie when off for a trip to Hillsborough by bus. In the evening we had a large social gathering at The Slipway Bar near the old marina.
On Wednesday we rigged up a floating line for Eddie to go swimming and later they made a bus trip to Windward. In the evening we had a large social gathering on Infinity B.
Yesterday the forecast was very reasonable so we lifted anchor and motored round to the next bay. We found that the forecast was very wrong!
We picked up a mooring in the Marine Reserve just off Sandy Island.
It was spectacular but the winds were very strong and constantly over 30 knots.
There was also a huge northerly swell wrapping round the island.
We watched a Dutch boat break it's mooring line in one large swell.
We had lunch and decided not to stay overnight and returned to Tyrell Bay.
All is well and Julie and Eddie are really enjoying themselves.

Hiking in The Rain Forest

04 March 2018 | Clarke’s Court Bay - Grenada
Frank
We are still in Grenada. We spent several days at anchor and a couple of days on the dock at Clarke’s Court Marina.
On Wednesday we did a excellent hike and tour with Henry’s Tours. Heather and Doug from Kalluna came too and we happened to spot Mick and Gill from Bluejacket in St George’s so they joined the party to.
We started with a hike from Concord Waterfalls up through the densely wooded valley upto a second waterfall. We also visited the Nutmeg factory and the rain forest.
On Thursday we had a hike around Hog Island.
Friday we went to the dock and wheat on a massive shopping trip by minibus to stock up on provisions. We also caught up on some maintenance and investigated new anchor chain.
Saturday was major boat cleaning and housework ready for Julie and Eddie to arrive. Fortunately they managed to fight the uk snow to Gatwick and arrived safely with us yesterday evening.

Grenada, WiFi, Photos and 35,000 Visits

27 February 2018 | True Blue Bay - Grenada
Frank
We arrived in Grenada safely yesterday after a very pleasant sail.
We are at anchor in True Blue Bay next to Prickly Bay.
It is a very pleasant spot near the airport and university.
It has a great bar The Dodgy Dock with wifi!
It is now about 4.00 am and I have been uploading our pictures for 3 hours.
I have added photos to all the posts and I have added 6 more albums in the gallery on the blog. Use the gallery Tab at the top of the blog or the images to the right.
So please take a look.
Thank you for all your comments - please keep them coming.
And..... thank you for your interest in our blog ... we have now had over 35 thousand visits since it started!

Volcano Exclusion Zone

25 February 2018 | On Passage Carriacou to Grenada
Frank and Mandy
We are on passage from Carriacou to Grenada.
We left at just before 10.00 this morning.
We are about half way and just passing the edge of the active volcano exclusion zone by Kick-Em Jenny.
It last erupted in 2015.
Varied winds and no fish yet!

Windy night

24 February 2018 | Tyrell Bay - Carriacou
Mandy
We are still in Tyrell Bay Carriacou and have been doing some gentle walking while Frank's back recovers.
Yesterday we walked to a beautiful beach off Sandy Island where we may anchor if there is calm weather while Eddie and Julie are with us.
We have also postponed diving until the weather is calmer, the water is clearer and the new moon currents have subsided.
We will probably head for Grenada on Monday.

Outstanding Views

22 February 2018 | Tyrell Bay - Carriacou
Frank and Mandy
Yesterday morning I replaced yet more teak deck plugs and then we took the local bus into Hillsborough with Simon & Hilda from Brisa.
Our first stop was Kingdom Travel to pay for our tickets. So we are now booked to fly home on May 2nd and back out again on November 24th.
That gives us plenty of time to explore these fantastic islands.
We then took another bus to Windward on the North East tip of Carriacou and walked all the way round the northern peninsula to Bogle.
The views across the reefs to Union Island, Mayreu, Tabago Cays, Petite Vincent and Petite Martinique were simply outstanding.
Probably the finest views in the Caribbean. Once the weather settles we will sail over to the islands to investigate.
We had lunch in The Round House in Bogle which was delightful and well priced. We shall certainly go again.
Vessel Name: Infinity B - GBR 583R
Vessel Make/Model: Najad 460 /22 - Call Sign 2FWJ4 - Sail No GBR583R - UK No 918877
Hailing Port: Harwich U.K.
Crew: Frank Hatfull and Amanda Lerse
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