Passage from CrewsInn Marina, Chagaruamas, Trinidad to Prickley Bay, Grenada (Distance 82nm)
Passage from Crews Inn Marina, Chagaruamas, Trinidad to Prickley Bay, Grenada
Crew: FN / KB
Weather: fine and sunny; wind in protected CrewsInn marina: Slight
!6.30 After saying our farewells to boating friends Gerry and Denise Griffin off S/Y Saoirse
and next door Swiss neighbours, Koni and Ruth Wust in the yacht 'Bora
Bora', we slipped our lines and crept out into the river passing long time American
resident ‘Fast Fred’ on his yacht ‘Republic’. Fred has become something of a
fixture and celebrity in the marina having wintered here for ten years. Earlier he
had kindly donated a spare stern ‘bumper’ to Bootlegger. He gave us a big wave
shouted his best wishes for a safe journey, as they all had done as we left them
I had hoped that we could have made what is now regarded as a hazardous
journey in the company of at least one other yacht, but nobody was planning to go for
another week, then a small armada of boats would be departing together
If they appeared we would have to take on the Venezuelan pirates alone.
10:40.71N 61:.14W We
headed west down river until rounding the headland to our
starboard and proceeded north as far as Scotland Bay which we entered and anchored
for a few hours to rest and prepare for our journey north to Grenada.
22.15 10:42.250N 61:40W After an hour’s slumber departed Scotland Bay without lights.
00.01 10:53.57N 61:40.67W Wind NE 20 - 23kts true; COG 18 degrees, SOG 7.5 – 8.2kts
Distance to go 68.9 nm. Spotted two vessels, possibly Gas/oil related plus large fishing
vessels either stationary or moving very slowly and one directly ahead of us all around
12nm off. Identified on the AIS as: N0 1: Amethyst, No2: MMSI # :563573000;
No3: MMSI 362023000. FN
12.40 As we approach vessels ahead we pick up fast approaching craft coming in from the
NE 7.4 nm away. He later passes us to the SW. FN
11:31.38N 61:41W Wind: NE 25 -27kts; SOG 7.7kts RNG 48 nm. Boat is corkscrewing
through what are now large seas
08.45 12:00.03N 61:46.17W. After waking Kevin and berthing the boat, FWE in True Blue
Marina. Greeted by Mike – or, Roger the Cabin Boy at the dock. The passage from
Scotland Bay to True Blue Bay a distance of 78nm took 10.5 hrs.
10.00 We retired to True Blue’s Deck restaurant for breakfast. Having had no sleep at all
the previous night I crashed out whilst Kevin and Roger went off to the shops and
thence to the True Blue bar.