25 Jan; Charlestown Bay, Canouan.
Well, we've done a few islands since I last blogged. First, it was up from Grenada to Union Island (the southern end of St. Vincent and the Grenadines territory), more immigration and customs, more money needed. At least I didn’t have far to walk to the airport – where we anchored was virtually on the end of the runway. Only inter-island planes though, no Jumbos here. A lively night at anchor, as the wind was gusty and we quite close to another moored boat. We all went ashore in the morning; quite a busy little place, but nowt special, and food prices were much higher than Grenada. Our only purchase was a 24 pack of 330ml Hairoun beer for EC$99 (about £25!!). If this was on the shelf at Somerfield, it would be out of date before it was sold. We debated about a 100g jar of Nescafe at £4.50, and decided we could live without coffee for another day. Desperate times. For those due to come out and join us, please bring several large jars of Gold Blend, Carte Noire or Douwe Egberts (if and when on offer of course).
Set off late morning
on Sunday (26 Jan) and came up to Mayreau and anchored for lunch and snorkelling
over reef. Wendy (with her posh
fins) was the only one to swim ashore. Then it was off to take a look at Tobago
Cays and Horseshoe reef – time was a bit tight but we had to do it as everyone
says they are not to be missed. It
was pretty windy and as the pic of plotter shows (hopefully) we had some
interesting sailing/navigation to get in amongst it. We were amazed at the number of boats
anchored inside the reef – not a great place to sit all night, I guess it’s
sheltered from the swells but still exposed to the wind. I also assume the diving and snorkeling
must be good, but we didn't stay for any swimming etc. It wasn’t far then to sail up to Canouan
for the night. After being chased
off one of the Moorings buoys we resorted to accepting a buoy from Marcus for
EC$40 (£10) as it was close to shore and the Tamaind Beach resort, but we did
only have 0.3m under us! Marcus
eased my concern somewhat by confirming it was near Low water and we would get
another metre during the night.
This is the newest Moorings charter base in the Grenadines and they’ve
taken over most of the Bay. Even if
the buoys are not taken it would appear that Joe Public is not allowed to use
them. Mooring and anchoring here is
often fraught with problems, I may not whinge so much about Salcombe in the
future (if I can afford to go there). Paula and I went ashore in the morning
and used the Tamarind facilities for a cold shower (thankyou) and wandered up
the main street, all a bit dead for a Monday morning, some up-market houses
around on the upper slopes, but the village just had the usual motley collection
of mini-marts and small bars + a school +a government building of some
sort. Bill Gates has a Villa here
apparently – the Wifi connection wasn’t too good though.
If this arrives in time, enjoy your Party Gina, sorry to miss it, if we can afford a bottle of something we’ll raise a glass or two. Cheers.
More soon, PPP & W
Pics: Paddy & Wendy getting into their roles.
Phil doing Griff Rhys Jones impersonation with courtesy flags. Dinner with Wine!
Tobago Cays on plotter - eek!