We have spent the last few days in a quiet bay in Carriacou, a small island
roughly 20nm north of Grenada. The island is more off the tourist trail
than Grenada, and other than passing yachts, there are few visitors.
We have spent the time reading and finally starting to tackle the woodwork
on the boat, which is in dire need of some attention! Sanding and varnishing in
the sunshine hardly seems a chore though, particularly when it can be
interspersed with snorkelling off the back of the boat or exploring
We walked to Paradise beach, a secluded sheltered bay just north of where
we are anchored. It had great views of nearby islands including the tiny Sandy
island where we intend to explore the reef shortly and Union Island in the
distance, which is part of the Grenadines.
We had a wonderful meal out at the Slipway restaurant back in Tyrrel bay,
in what must be one of the most spectacular waterfront locations. The building
was previously a small boat building venue, and has been converted into a
restaurant whilst maintaining many of its original features. We enjoyed our meal
looking out over the bay, almost on the beach itself. As the local shops are
quite limited in their range of produce, it was lovely to have fantastic
food to eat as well.
Sunday’s entertainment included watching a local yacht race from the
cockpit. The final mark was about 2 miles north of the bay and we watched
with interest as two beautiful wooden classics battled out the final stages of
the race. The larger yacht was about 3 minutes ahead of the smaller one as it
rounded the mark and came flying into the bay on a close beat. We had seen the
race advertised and knew that the finishing line was actually in the bar: first
boat to get a crew member ashore wins—use of dinghy prohibited. It was therefore
necessary for one crewmember to swim ashore to finish the race. The larger yacht
dropped its crew member off about 200m from the shore, kitted out with flippers
for extra speed, and he made a dash for it. However the smaller yacht,
presumably with a more shallow keel, came in minutes later but with far better
tactics and dropped his swimmer much nearer the bar,just beating the other crew
home by a matter of seconds. The excitement of the finish left us exhausted!