Saturday, December 17, 2011

Prickly Bay

Life moves at a nice, slow pace in Prickly Bay, Grenada and then all of a sudden you wake up to some excitement!  I was making a cup of tea at 6:30 the other morning when I noticed a friend zoom by in his dinghy.  Where could he be going so early?  A few minutes later Jim took his coffee and went to sit in the cockpit and noticed what all the excitement was about.  A boat had broken loose from it's mooring, bounced off of a pier and went aground along the west shore of the bay.

 The boat was unoccupied and apparently the line was cut.  It could have happened in the night if someone ran over the line in the dark and cut it with their outboard prop.  Or I guess it could have been foul play but that sort of thing hasn't happened here before and with no one aboard it's doubtful that the owner had angered someone so it remains a mystery how it happened.

 Several dinghies were already on the scene offering assistance.  Here the man with the dinghy on the left has taken the main halyard (look closely and you'll see the line from the top of the mast running to the dinghy) and is pulling the sailboat over on her side to free the keel from the sand.  A little more pulling and the boat popped free with no damage!  Phew!  Glad that wasn't us.  It's not a good feeling to go to sleep in one place and wake up in another!

 In Prickly Bay we are surrounded by beautiful homes. 

This home is right off of Merengue's stern.

 We've come to think of Grenada as home and have decided to make it our home for the next year.  We'll stay here to do a few boat projects while we enjoy all this island has to offer.  Oh, maybe we'll take a trip to  the Grenadines but we have no plans to sail any further north.  It will be a nice, lazy year.  We're looking forward to it.

Merengue in Prickly Bay, Grenada.