Grenada, Can You Believe It?
27 March 2010 | Grenada, Last of the Windward Islands
We left Carriacou, Kerrie-ah-kew, this morning for the short sail to Grenada, some sixteen miles of open water and then another fifteen or so down the island.
I set up Vivaldi and we were off. Vivaldi, our Hydrovane wind-steering device, sailed us all the way, finally a great sail with Vivaldi in charge. Pretty nice music don'tcha know. Yes it was another one of those memorable sails, 7 to 8 knots right down the rumb, not rum, line. Full main and a partially reefed jib. The wind was behind our beam at 15 or so knots. No seas to speak of, just some really fine sailing. We sailing right over the top of Kick'em Jenny, an active underwater volvano that erupted back in 1988-1989. Nothing was happening as we passed, darn!!
Yesterday at Carriacou we visted the Windlands area where locals build wooden sail boats. We took quite a few pictures and I've uploaded them to the site. Later in the evening we went to Lillies for dinner and listened to a pan band. I must admit I was spoiled having listen to the pan band at Antigua, this group was more Caribbean and less sophisticated in their sollections. But after a number of rum punches who really cares.
One thing I've wanted to do was play dominos with the locals. It's quite the sport down here. Four players, seven dominos each, first out wins. It's just like Mexican Train or other domino games you are probably familiar with but these guys, exclusively men, are serious. They made an exception for Alice, she may in fact be the first female dominos player in Carriacou!! Right on Alice, way to go girl!!
One of the locals one the first game, Captain Bob won the second and the third went to the other local, then it was pan band time and our dominos playing experience was over. I really enjoy talking with the locals and since dominos is such an important part of the culture it was good that two Americans took the time and initiative to engage them in their game on their turf.
Now we sit on anchor just outside the lagoon in St. George's, Grenada. We anticipate spending several days here and then sailing around to the southern part of the island to investigate possible haul out locations. If we don't haul Lucky Bird here we'll be off to the ABC islands and that will be a great sail, some 400 miles of open Caribbean Sea. I'm actually looking forward to a sail of severl days at sea, the wonderer in me says go to sea Mon.