Thursday, March 26, 2015

Drop and give me 10 Private!

The cruising life is a strange one. 
There are moments of physical exertion and activity interspersed
with idle time and well, let's face it, laziness! 
When we stay in one place like Grenada we pass many a day just laying
 around the boat, reading a book or maybe playing a game.
Add that to our time spent in the States where everything is super-sized
and there is always ice cream in the freezer and well the end result
 isn't pretty!  I've been trying to combat the inevitable effects of that
 with a little more exercise.

My friend Hope had friends visiting and one of the ladies is
a water aerobics instructor.  She taught us a few exercises that we
 can do when we are at the pool. 
I love working out in the water.  No sweating!

I've been diligently going to yoga twice a week. 
This is my instructor Pierre Yve doing a little warm-up before
class one morning.  I can do yoga for the next 20 years
 and I'll never be able to stand on my head.  OK, let's be honest.
I don't really want to stand on my head. 
But I will admit that yoga has been
good for me and I'm feeling stronger.

The yoga class takes place at the marina on the stage overlooking
the Tiki Bar and Prickly Bay.  Not a bad setting.
And of course there are always beautiful roads to walk on.
On this day Jim and I walked out to Prickly Point at the end of the bay. 
It's a residential area of beautiful homes.

The homes are there.  It's just that most of them are behind big fences!

The view across Prickly Bay. 
That's Merengue anchored in her usual spot along the west shore.

Whew, I'm worn out just thinking about all that.
Is it happy hour yet?

Thursday, March 12, 2015

A Sailing Legend

Last week we had the opportunity to listen to sailing legend Don Street
as he gave an informal talk at Prickly Bay Marina.
Don Street is the author of numerous books including
charts and cruising guides for the Caribbean.
At 84 years young, he has been sailing for more than 70 years!

It got me thinking of all the changes he has seen.
Looking out over Prickly Bay on this night, there were approximately
100 yachts at anchor.  When he first visited there were probably less than 5.
The anchorages throughout the Caribbean that we all crowd into today
were most likely his alone.  He was sailing without GPS, chartplotter,
radar, AIS, cell phones or solar panels. 
His boat didn't even have an engine!
He would have used a sextant for celestial navigation. 
 Charts of the day were unreliable.  He charted much of the region. 
When he arrived in a new country he couldn't simply go to an ATM
and withdraw the local currency as we do today. 
There were no computers for
paying your bills, emailing or for checking the weather forecast.
Sailing the Caribbean today seems simple in comparison.
"Yachts have changed and new equipment has come on the market
but one thing that has not changed is the sea and the size of waves." 
 Don Street Jr.

Friday, February 20, 2015

It's a Major Award!

A few weeks ago a group of us played Trivia at Prickly Bay Marina 
and believe it or not, hold on to your hats, drum roll please, 
we Tied for First Place!
Our prize was a 2 hour ride in a Dinghy Donut Boat,
you know, like a doughnut you dunk in your coffee.
Great prize for a bunch of cruisers who all own their own dinghies!

But I have to say this was fun!  

Jim made some of his famous rum punch for our cruise.

The 2 hour cruise ended well as we came back with everyone we left with!
Then it was 2 for 1 pizza night at the marina.

Saturday, February 14, 2015

The Little Chores of Life

Today is Saturday and it seemed to me that it was much like those
Saturdays when I was working during the week and Saturday was
for catching up on chores.  I had my morning cup of tea and then
started on my mental to-do list.
First I put fresh linens on the bed and gathered up the laundry.
Then I loaded up the dinghy and headed over to Prickly Bay Marina.
I dropped off the laundry, picked up ice and then bought some fresh
baked coconut macaroons. 
After all, it is also Valentine's Day so a little treat seemed appropriate!
Back at the boat I did the dishes and tidied up the cabin.
Then it was time for my second trip to the marina for water.
I filled jerry cans with 25 gallons of water that we pumped into our water
tank. Now in case you think I'm complaining or looking for kudos, I'm not.
What struck me as I was driving the dinghy with my load of water jugs
was how beautiful it is here.  Blue sky, blue water, sunshine and
a breeze are constant.  Three pelicans did a loop overhead and
then soared out towards the open ocean.
Today chores didn't feel much like well, a chore!

Friday, February 13, 2015

We Should Be Working

Boat projects.  What boat projects?
Oh I suppose we should be working but there's a new brewery on the island!
The West Indies Beer Company opened last spring in a tiny building
at The True Blue Bay Resort.
It didn't take long for them to outgrow the space and now they are brewing
in a new facility where you can taste all the flavors they have to offer.
Apparently we weren't the only people who were craving a little variety!

On the night we visited there was a porter, an amber ale, a wheat beer
 and some hard cider on tap.

This could become a favorite hangout.

Friday, February 6, 2015

One Man's Treasure

A boat is like a woman. 
Love her, treasure her, and she will be good to you in return.

We see many beautiful boats every year at the Grenada Work Boat Regatta.
Each one is more beautiful than the last.
We've brought you photos of these beauties before
but we can't resist showing them to you again.

Future sailor.

There were two regattas going on at once so here you see the big race boats from the Grenada Sailing Week Regatta as they cross paths with the much smaller work boats.

What you doin' mon!

This is always one of my favorite days of the year. 
We rent beach chairs on Grand Anse Beach and sit in the shade of an almond tree. 
There's good island food, cold beer, music and great racing.

Sunday, February 1, 2015

Back Home to Grenada

We have finally arrived in Grenada after much too long away.
It feels so good to be back home on Merengue.

We arrived late so we opted for a room at
the University Club for the night.
Plenty of time to tackle opening up the boat in the morning.
I opened my eyes the next morning to the outline of palm trees through the drapes.
I remember letting out a long, contented sigh.
The view of Prickly Bay from the balcony was just as I had
remembered it so many times over the months we were away.
Merengue was waiting for us just on the other side.

Our friend Hope arrives to provide water taxi service to our boat.
First days' to-do list: get dinghy in the water, engine on dinghy and get fuel. 
We have to have transportation.
Put dodger and bimini on the boat so we have shade. 
Unpack all the bags of linens, towels and clothes that I store in plastic with dryer sheets and stow them in their respective lockers.
Make-up the bed.  Drink plenty of water and acclimate to the heat.  Then it was back to the University Club for a swim, shower, dinner and a good nights sleep.

Sunset from the balcony.