Sun 1 Mar 2009 20:08
My mummy has gone home on Wednesday and we miss already. She had a great
sail down from Carriacou flying along at 11 knots, we did manage not to
break anything which makes a change. Carriacou was okay, but would not rush
back there, some nice places, beach called Paradise Beach and a good
restuarant called the Lazy Turtle. The local carnival we managed to keep on
missing becasue it was very late or very early in the day - arrived after
the paint throwing day at ten in the morning which started at six in the
morning. For all those who follow the The Tall Ship Chronicles on TV, the
Picton Castle was in Carriacou.
We will by pass Carriacou on the way back up to Union Island which is where
we are off tomorrow hopefully once the stuff we are waiting for arrives. Had
our new piece for the bimini fitted on Thursday after then we went to
Clarkes Court Bay and the Phare Bleu Marina.
Because we had to stay until Monday it seemed a shame to miss the rugby, so
off we went to the oasis bar, for some good rugby (this does not include the
England team) and lots of beers.
We were going to go racing in the south Grenada race but Gray whimped out,
shame as we would have been in with a chance - the only other cat managed to
start the wrong way around on the line. Boxxer manage to get third - which
is the boat Gareth went racing on, they did well, and didn't break anything
expensive. Party at Phare bleu which was very nice resort / marine with a
light ship as a resturant, two bands one called the Rocky Pontoons and the
other calleed Love Bites. Lucas managed to latch onto a few children who he
lead astray very early on in the evening.
Back in Prickly again now to arrange clearence with Customs.
P.S. from Graham:
Lorraine is as optimistic as ever - we are unlikely to be out of here
tomorrow, more like Tuesday. Also, I have added another picture - the one
of the new section on the bimini (which Lorraine keeps calling a binic!)
You can see that it is a clear piece which runs along the front of the
bimini. This is primarily for when we are anchored in the rain, meaning the
cockpit stays dry, so we can continue to sit outside. It was also very
useful the other day when we went round to Clarkes Court, as we we had waves
breaking over the top! In a way it is a bit like a sprayhood.
I've also added another picture, which may not be excting to some of our
readers, but it shows us alongside the jetty in Tyrrel Bay, Carriacou. Here
we are taking on board fresh water - see the hosepipe up the front end. We
have two tanks on board with a combined capacity of just over half a metric
tonne. Without wasting too much, we can go for about ten days or so between
refills. We also have a watermaker, which can produce about 13 litres an
hour, though this is only really used when we are far out to sea - close to
shore the water is not clean enough for the machine to run for long without
all the filters clogging up.
P.P.S. There was absolutely no whimping out of the racing - the decision
was unanimously made by the entire crew (apart from Lucas who was asleep) on
the basis of the conditions experienced when going round to Clarkes Court
(see above - waves breaking over the top)