Great post and as a first time visitor to Grenada
as well this year, fully agree on how good it is as a stopping point. We and the kids
are loving it
I have to say that I took the offshore route
to BVI from Georgetown
rather than the Thorny path but still feel strongly about the "uphill " sailing we had to do as well. We were very glad when we got to Guadalupe and finally got some wind
aft of the beam!
Just one point on Chris Parker. I did use him for passage
planning across the I-65 and his advice changed as soon as he knew we had kids
on board to a far more conservative plan for us. Ultimately, I used some of his forecast
to set me off on the front we used to get our Easting but didn't wait the extra two days he wanted us to. Just as well - we would have been stuck a long way offshore
and well short of our turn point with the W resetting.
My point on this is much the same as yours. Whilst advice is well meant (generally), have confidence in your own knowledge and capability to know when its good for you to push off.