Grenada & Carriacou
On Tuesday 19th May we left Union Island and went a short distance across to a small Island, Petite Martinique. This Island is part of the Grenada island group. The island is very small although it does have 3 ‘supermarkets’. We visited Mathews supermarket which advertises cheap alcohol, but there were no bargains except for the local ice cream, which was quite nice. This is one of the Spice Islands and one of the buildings has a history lesson on the outside.
A friendly welcome.
The Spice Island Story.
In the afternoon the anchorage got quite rolly, so we motored about a mile to petite St Vincent to a slightly more sheltered anchorage. Petite St Vincent is part of St Vincent & the Grenadines and is a very small private island with a 5* resort on it. Well behaved and dressed yachties are welcomed at the resort, but we just enjoyed the scenery from the boat.
Petite St Vincent and it’s beach.
On Wednesday we sailed round the top of Carriacou and down to the main anchorage at Tyrrel Bay to book into Grenada. Customs were closed for lunch so we went to a beach bar/restaurant and had very nice homemade burgers. Clearing in was very easy, having filled in the electronic form on the internet earlier.
Sandy Island on the way to Tyrrel Bay. A rather nice desert island.
We had anchored beside a Scottish boat (Freya of Clyde) and when Alan noticed that there was another Scottish boat anchored next to him he looked out his Scottish Ensign and this gave us a rather unique photo opportunity of 2 Scottish Ensigns flying together in a small Caribbean island.
The anchorage at Tyrrel Bay, Carriacou.
We went across to talk to Alan and invite him for drinks, but he had damaged his back manipulating his anchor chain/snubber to try to stop it chaffing. It was 2 days later before he was able to get off his boat and climb our ladder onto Enchantress. Alan and Anne, his wife, who was back in Scotland for a couple of months, had been in the Caribbean for 14 years, much of the time around Grenada and Trinidad & Tobago, so he was a font of knowledge about the area. This is just what we had been looking for, some real experience of the area, its’ anchorages, marinas and boat yards.
We are still trying to decide what we want to do over the 6 month hurricane season. We are looking at a number of options, including:
· Going to Trinidad and taking the boat out of the water for 2 months, then going on a 4-6 week trip to Peru
· Going to Trinidad and then sailing to Suriname, Guyana & French Guiana, perhaps with a rally that does this in September.
· Staying on the boat for 3-4 months in Granada, Trinidad & Tobago, doing some inland trips and some work on the boat and then going to Bonaire. Perhaps with a short trip to New York.
We went on a hike one of the days to the top of a hill on the bay. As well as some much needed exercise it gave us some nice views down towards Grenada as well as sown into the anchorage.
That’s Enchantress and Freya of Clyde in the background.
A well earned rest at the top of the hill.
On the Tuesday 26th May we sailed down to Grenada past the lovely desert island (Sandy Island) and down to the top of Grand Mal Bay, which is in the Marine Park and picked up a mooring. We then took the dinghy around to the main snorkelling area at Moliniere point. The coral in this area suffered badly from the 2004/2005 hurricanes, so an artist, Jason Decaires Taylor, created an under-water sculpture park with a number of life size sculptures placed around the snorkelling area. I stayed in the dinghy, but had my aquascope to look at the sculptures, while Susan snorkelled. The water wasn’t crystal clear but the pictures give you the idea.
A praying lady
A group of sculptures.
A man at a desk.
On Wednesday we went down to the main anchorage at Grand Mall bay, just outside the Grenada capital, St George’s.
St George’s from the sea.
We are now down below the accepted hurricane area, i.e. below 12 deg 7 min North. We expect to stay in Grenada for some time, between St George’s and the bays at the bottom of the Island. The time will depend of course on our decision on the options described above and how we are enjoying being here. On Saturday there was a celebration to start the beginning of the annual festival, which included a parade to the main sports stadium. The outfits date back to the time of slavery when the slave ‘owners’ got the slaves to dress up and perform Shakespeare plays, wearing masks to make their faces white. The parade was aimed at ridiculing the plantation owners.
Part of the waterfront at St George’s.