We have just one two week plus sailing adventure in the Windwards and Grendines.
Will share what we experienced, and maybe help you out a bit .
44 ft Peterson monohull
. St.Lucia to Petite St . Vincent ...almost to Grenada.
and return. There was no one way drop off in Grenada in those days with the Moorings, so we had to sail all the way back up the island chain to Marrigo Bay, St. Lucia.
The winds blew all the way from Africa
, and were were on a reach. Double reefed mainsail
. We were hauling okole making a steady nine knots. There was absolutely no reason to motor
No moorings any place that we stopped. Always anchored. Ranged from bow anchor laid out, and stern line tied to a coconut tree, to bahamian moors, to single
This was some time back. We visited the Pitons, Tobago Cays, Bequia, Palm Island, and Petite St. Vincent. Some of those passages were pretty long in distance.
No electronic wonders, no auto pilot, no GPS
, we used the cruising guide , paper charts
, and coastal piloting and navigation
. The crew varied from myself, lic. USCG capt, and instructor, Erica, trained at our sailing club, and owned a Pacific Sea Craft,
37, and excellent sail trimmer, seaman, navigator, etc. Some of the others had some lessons at the sailing club, and one other was a guest . We had watch schedules posted, and all went well. There was no night sailing, but we made long, long passages, during the day light hours.
We probably had some good sized seas. I know between St, Lucia and St. Vincent, there were some strong currents, east to west, and of course strong winds every day. We were crabbed , 35 to 40 degrees into the wind
to hold our plotted rhumb line.
all seemed to be reef or land protected, and no problems. I liked anchoring
using a Bahamian Moor, two bow anchors , each at about 45 degrees orf port and starboard bow.
As to the dock
boys.....back in those days , they would ( watch ) your dingy for a few EC ( Eastern Caribbean money
). They would also come out, and offer to lay out your second anchor.
We gave them , back then, a few E.C. to watch the dingy when we were ashore.
I watched it as well. It was rip off mordida, to keep them from stealing it.
, we would take care of ourselves . These were non sailors, non seaman, and should have been in school
. I was not trusting the safety
of our vessel to these
boat boys, who were already asking us to pay them protection. Very little in yankee green, but we paid in EC.
Do not want to rain on your parade, the SAILING WAS FANTASTIC, the snorkeling at the Tobago Keys was great, the Beach Bars and people that we met were fun as well.
But, we did not like the poverty that was present in those islands, at that time. That , one thing, is probably why we did not return to sail those islands. Every thing else was great.
And of course, one story..... good one.
Anchored Bahamian Moor off Petite St. Vincent, May 23 rd, my birthday, Erica and are down below. Rest of the crew are having boat drinks in the cockpit
. We hear some fisherman pull along side.
They are saying LANGUSTA, the crew is saying NO..NO.
Well, Erica lights up like a S.A.M missile, and charges up the companion way ladder, yelling YES, YES. DON'T LEAVE.
These guys had a boat load of giant lobsters. I mean huge.
They were so large that we could not get them into the available cooking
These things are flapping their huge tails and obviously were not interested in our version of a lobster hot tub. Erica, was an M.D, and tells us to just stay out of the way, as she did surgery with channnel locks and pliers.
Needless to say, we had a great birthday celebration fresh Lobster dinner. Those two lobsters fed our entire crew.
This is all from what is left of my rum
addled brain cells, we may have added in another island, but again, we had a great time, and super sailing, no engine
except to charge the batteries
, and explored the islands that I mentioned. Met some great people. Oh, this all was not too long after the U.S. invaded Grenada.
Have another tale about Union Island armed rebels, two boats attacking small private,
Palm Island . Complete with gun fight . But, save that for another time.
Hope this helps a little,
Denny and Erica