Thursday, January 19, 2012

Sailing on Kool Kat

Last week we went sailing.
I know, some of you find this hard to believe but we did, we do and we really like it.
It's especially nice when it's on someone else's boat!  We can relax because we're not in charge!

 Our friends John and Linda on S/V Kool Kat were getting ready to head north.  Here's a photo Linda took of their Houston Texan flag proudly flying from their dinghy.  John and Linda were going for fuel and then sailing around to St. George's for some last minute duty-free shopping (code for "we're heading to the liquor store!") and to clear customs.  We asked if we could be crew for the day.

 I wanted to be helpful and earn my passage so here I am giving the anchor chain a scrub and wash-down while Linda raises the chain and directs John.

 We motored to Secret Harbor, one bay to the east for fuel.
Kool Kat is a beautiful Leopard 47 catamaran where we have enjoyed Christmas dinner, domino games, happy hours, dinners and watched football.  We were looking forward to this day-sail but in all honesty it was an opportunity to avoid having to say good-bye to our friends for one more day.

 Fueling up at Secret Harbor marina.

 I have always been intrigued by this house. 
Look closely and you'll see that it is an earth home, built into the hill with a sod roof.

Here's the view looking over to the Hog Island anchorage to the east as we leave Secret Harbor also known as Mt. Hartman Bay.  The south coast of Grenada has a number of great anchorages, the temporary and permanent home to hundreds of boats.

 Heading west now and passing Prickly Bay where Merengue is anchored.

St. George's University on the south coast.  I don't know how the students get any studying done with the gorgeous views and many distractions.

 What's this?  Asleep at the helm!
Who left Jim in charge?

Just as I thought, auto is on the job!

 We had a beautiful down-wind sail around the south coast.
Here's John and Linda taking us in to anchor outside St. George's.

One last lunch aboard and it was time to say goodbye and head ashore for the bus ride back to Prickly Bay.  Fair Winds Kool Kat and come back soon. 
We miss you!