Wednesday, 1 July 2009

To Grenada... Fair Winds, Following Seas, a Two-fish Passage, and Icing on the Cake - Time to Celebrate!

Well, the seas are a little forward of following but under six feet and we’re not beating into the wind or seas, for a change. It’s a good day for sailing. The forecast is for winds and the seas to build and conditions to deteriorate after today, with three tropical waves due to come through within days of eachother.

Spectra passes Channel Rock
As much as we’d love more time in the Tobago Cays and The Grenadines, it’s 7:00AM and we’re under way from Union Island to St. David’s Harbour, on the south coast of Grenada. We’ll hang out there until the weather improves. Mel and Joe, Spectra, will be with us for a week or two until they head south to Trinidad.

Robert has charted a course down the windward side of the islands. We expect the wind to be “cleaner” and more consistent than on the leeward side. Just out of Union Island a five pound Spanish Mackeral gave itself up for this evening’s dinner.

Spanish Mackerel, destined for a "Boundary Waters" marinade (ask Elliot)
Tomorrow night it will be the six-seven pound Wahoo that we dragged a while before realizing he was hooked. Plenty of fish to share. It’s a good thing we bought that snapper from the fisherman in Union Island. That purchase ensured we’d be catching fish today. Seems to be how it goes with us; buy water and it pours, buy fish and we catch more than enough.

It’s been a great day and at 2:00pm we’re entering St. David’s harbour, having averaged about 6 knots per hour over the 40 mile passage. We’ll be celebrating our arrival in Grenada with fresh fish and a glass of wine aboard Spectra.

That's a nice Wahoo, Robert!

Robert discovered a little extra icing on the cake in St. David’s. Our “old” mates Gerald and Diana, Whiskers, are on the hard here for a week of boat maintenance before heading west. We met them in Marsh Harbour, Bahamas and spent some great times with them in the Exumas.

Entering St. David's Harbour, Grenada

3,500 miles (mostly to windward) are behind us. It’s time to relax and celebrate; we've made it to Grenada.

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