Despite hurricanes further to the North
West, the weather here in Grenada has been gentle with winds actually rather
light for our taste - often less than 10 knots which makes it a bit sticky and
buggy. Last week we decided there was just about enough wind to go up to
Carriacou for a sortie though we had to stop at Ile Ronde for the night as we
were sailing so slowly.
Ile Ronde (between Grenada and Carriacou) is
a good anchorage provided that the swell is small as the swell washes around the
ends of the island and makes the anchorage rolly. But with such light winds
there was no problem. Fede managed a bit of good snorkelling...
On the way back south, we again stopped at
Ile Ronde for the night and saw a waterspout only half a mile away. Though the
breeze was light where we were anchored, you could easily see the violent
spinning and updraft inside the waterspout. We watched it for 20 minutes or so
and then it dissipated very quickly - in only 30 seconds - as the storm moved
off. Of course being too close to a waterspout would be dangerous, though quite
how you get out of the way if one is coming at you, we wonder...
Regular bloggers will be astonished to hear
that we took a little exercise by joining the Grenada Hash for a couple
of outings. One a moonlit hash starting at
1900 and conducted by torchlight and one last weekend conducted in a
violent rainstorm !!! www.grenadahash.com We survived the
experience (and the traditional 'christening' after the
first one) and of course it's another way to
meet new friends on the island.
On the way back south, the winds off the
west of Grenada were very light and the sea almost flat. Perfect conditions
for viewing dolphins and we were lucky to
see a school which obligingly played around the bow for several minutes
and posed for photos. Very sharp eyed
bloggers will see that the dolphin on the left has a bent over dorsal fin - a
from some old injury we presume, but it did
not seem to be inconvenienced by it's deformity.
We're in the marina in St George's where we
took delivery of a new dinghy yesterday and some new house batteries are
due tomorrow. We also have a new cabin boy - Rainer - arriving later
today and Fede is returning to Switzerland in a couple
of weeks which will make him the longest
serving cabin boy yet.
It has been suggested by Matt that we might
send an email circular to those interested when we publish a new blog. We
don't want to email everyone of course, but
if you'd like to know when there's a new blog, let me know by email and we'll
you to the circular list.
and for those viewing in the UK or Oz, yes
it's blue sky again today, with little white fluffy clouds and the air and sea
temperature is about 30 degrees, happy days
George, Michael & Fede