July 2011

Carriacou anchorage


The island of Carriacou is one of our favorite hang-outs and it was fun to return after three years. In some ways it was like returning to a previous residence since we were visited by locals Simon selling wine and Robert selling oysters and limes to cruising boats. We introduced our new cruising friends Bob and Janice from Tsamaya to our frequent hiking trails on the island which offer wonderful views of the coast and near-by Grenada.


Carriacou tortoise


We had been in recent contact with Chuck and Barb from Tusen Takk II and were delighted to learn that they planned to spend a few days in Carriacou. We last saw Barb and Chuck in Venezuela in 2008 but have kept track of their adventures on their website and kept in touch by email. We had a great reunion meals on Tusen Takk II and Livin the Dream and also enjoyed revisiting some of our old hiking trails on the island.



John playing volleyball


Favorable weather for sailing to Grenada was forecast and we had a wonderful sail on the East side of Grenada to the Hog Island anchorage. We were welcomed to Grenada by several recent and other older cruising friends. Grenada provided a whirlwind of activities for cruising boats and we often had to choose between several activities each day. We enjoyed a Pirates of the Caribbean III movie night, hamburger night, and of course shopping in the fresh market via local buses to St. Georges. There was a lot of rain in the area while we were there but we braved the rain and mud and joined a group for a hike on the hills overlooking the anchorage.

John had heard about organized volleyball and wasted no time inquiring about the time and location of the game. He was soon playing sand volleyball at least 4 days a week and having a great time socializing with all the players. We could have easily had fun in Grenada all summer, but our boat haul-out date in Trinidad was approaching so we found favorable conditions and headed to Trinidad.



Hog Island hikers

Cruisers volleyball







Tsamaya accompanied us on our overnight sail to Trinidad. About an hour after sunset we were sailing comfortably at about six knots when we hit something large and heavy. There were two loud thumps that shook the whole boat and whatever it was caused us to rise up in the water a bit. Since it was dark we never saw what we hit but at first we suspected it was a container that had fallen off a ship and remained floating just at the surface of the water. We quickly checked for water in the bilge and continued to check periodically. There appeared to be no issue with the rudder or to steering. We started the engine to determine if there was any damage to the prop. No problems were found on our initial checks, but we continued to closely monitor everything for several hours. We reached Trinidad just after sunrise and John went overboard to check the hull of the boat in relatively clear water and in daylight. He found an area at the top of the keel where bottom paint had been knocked off, but no other apparent damage. After seeing so little damage to the bottom, we decided it was more likely a tree trunk that we hit. We feel very lucky to have had no problems. Once again, we are thankful to have a strong, sturdy boat. 

Rowing in Trinidad


After a quick check-in with Customs and Immigration in Trinidad we headed to TTSA to anchor. At the TTSA anchorage we were entertained by local rowing teams practicing and racing several times a week. It is a demanding sport and appears to be wonderful exercise.    


Crate race winner


We were also entertained by The Great Crate Race which is aptly described as a big party where about 20 teams of six people race their crudely made hand paddled boats in a race around the harbor. The creativity and marine engineering (or lack of) were interesting to evaluate in the race participants. The design of the paddles appeared to be one of the key ingredients of success or failure.

Last Place in Crate Race

We treated ourselves to wonderful Trinidad traditional food of Doubles, Rotis, and Shark and Bake. All were as tasty as we remembered from our previous visit four years earlier. The boat haul-out at Peakes Yacht Services was smooth and uneventful. After four busy days we felt that Livin the Dream was ready for her out of water home for the next three months.

 From August through October we will be visiting with family and friends in the U.S. We will be returning to Trinidad in early November to do some fiberglass work on the rudder, replace zincs and paint the bottom before going back in the water. Check the website in early December for the next updated cruising log.