We've escaped!

Graham Shaw
Wed 4 Mar 2009 00:05
12:35.6N 61:24.7W

Finally, after five weeks, we've managed to leave Grenada! No, there were no technical problems, as some readers have suggested. It's just that one thing leads to another, and all of a sudden, five weeks have gone by! We done quite a lot while we've been there - had a new bit made for the bimini, had a new alternator fitted, made a new boarding ladder, hauled out for four days and had the anitfouling done, barbecued lots, swum lots, scuba dived (Lorraine), watched the first two weekends of the Six Nations, made three visits to the dentist (me, of course!), swum in waterfalls, sailed to Carriacou and back, repaired the dinghy several times, made lots of friends, eaten too much pizza, and drunk too much Carib lager. All in all, it was a pretty good place, which I'd recommend to anyone.

We spent our last night there at the Grenada Yacht Club, where we had filled up with water (again) and diesel, for the first time since we left the Cape Verde Islands. Anyway, after a windy trip today, we find ourselves in Union Island, at the southern end of St.Vincent and the Grenadines. Although only a short distance from Carriacou (at the northern end of the Grenadian Grenadines) it's our first new country for a while. We've arrived too late to "clear in" - this is the process of Customs and Immigration, which has to be done every time you arrive in or depart from a country. In some places you also have to clear in with the port health authority as well (in Bridgetown we were queried why we didn't have de-ratting certificate from the previous port!) Anyway, no one is allowed ashore until you have cleared in, so we're spending the evening aboard. Lorraine has put a chicken in the oven to roast, which is smelling wonderful, and Lucas is watching Ratatouille on the DVD, again.

We haven't taken any pictures today, so no attachments this time. We'll hopfully take lots in the Grenadines - watch this space....


P.S. Maybe, just one picture from Grenada then...

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