Waiting it out
Phil May and Andrea Twigg
Wed 18 Mar 2020 20:10
Much has transpired since our last blog entry.
After the visit from Stephen and Hilary we returned to Benjy Bay for a couple more weeks of hanging out with Edie and Blair before we set sail for the US.
We depend on mains electricity for cooking and I was not happy about setting off with only the backup inverter operational because it can only power one ring on the hob when the generator is not running. The primary inverter is 5 kilowatts (two rings and the oven), but it failed the day before we launched. Victron said the unit was obsolete and anyway they will not supply replacement circuit boards direct to the consumer, so I spent a week trying to repair the blown board. I haven’t given up trying, but it was taking too long and so I imported a new unit from the US, which is now up and running.
We spent some fun afternoons swimming off the beach at Calivigny Island with the Gydes. I got the drone out and shot some footage of Honahlee and Anastasia at anchor. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b_7MfRtknJI
That was when the virus trouble all started and since then our plans have been changing by the day. Originally we were sailing to Florida and hauling out in Fort Pierce, but that is not going to happen. They would not let us into the country even if we turned up there. Hopefully BA will let us change our flights without too much penalty (currently booked from Miami to the UK on 1 July)!
For a short while the plan was to sail up to Martinique to have access to the free (for now) European medical facilities, but the hospitals are likely to be swamped and what chance for a post-Brexit patient getting access to a respirator?
Remaining in Grenada was the obvious choice. Hobson’s choice really, since all the islands (except Dominica) have now closed their borders.
So here we are anchored in Tyrell Bay, Carriacou, waiting to see what happens with the Corona virus. Apparently it was sunshine and fresh air that cured the Spanish flu, so at least we are getting plenty of that.
We have enough fuel to make power and water for six months. We have food for a couple of months, although we will run out of fresh vegetables in a few more days. At some point we will have to venture out to the supermarket.
This is starting to sound post-apocalyptic. Particularly since Grenada has no recorded cases yet, although I think it is only a matter of time. You can’t stop the spread of a pandemic, only try not to be one of those that make up “the hump” in all those graphs people are sharing.
On a lighter note, we spent a few days on the mooring balls at Sandy Island, which is a beautiful spot with good snorkelling. Here is a photo and more drone footage. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yD2rY18LycA&t=7s