We’re back in the water! What a treat! After too many days on the hard (too hot! too many mosquitoes!), we really appreciate feeling the water under our hull again. Even sleeping on a boat that doesn’t rock felt too weird. We had to wait for a new raw water pump that needed replacing and it got stuck with customs for days but finally arrived on Monday afternoon. Now the boat is sparkling and we are itching to go sailing again. Last night we celebrated being back in the water with a lovely dinner onboard. Tomorrow we leave for the ABC islands; we should get there in about 3 days. We’ll post regular position updates on http://blog.mailasail.com/rehua
It’s not much fun to live on a boat when it’s out of the water … So after school I took the kids for a swim in a nearby pool to cool down. They had a great afternoon. We are waiting for one more part to pick up tomorrow and then we can reassemble and hopefully splash the boat in the afternoon. If not, it will be on Monday. Our next stop will be the ABC islands. We would have loved to stop in Los Roques but have been advised against going there because of the political situation in Venezuela. Of course it’s a shame we can’t visit those beautiful islands and we hope for the sake of the people of Venezuela the situation gets better soon …
After a relaxing weekend it is back to work and back to school today. We are still on the hard working our way through our list of repairs and maintenance jobs. Yesterday was a fun day. We did a big tour of the island and visited a rum factory and a chocolate factory. We stopped for lunch in Petit Anse where we enjoyed amazing views over the islands north of Grenada and the kids were allowed to use the swimming pool so everyone was happy!
At the chocolate factory
At a rum factory
The kids and I went exploring yesterday and did a tour of the island with a local guide. It was an interesting day full of learning. We heard about Grenada’s history as a colony and becoming independent from 1974. Hurricane Ivan caused massive destruction in 2004 killing 40 people and destroying most of the nutmeg trees, Grenada’s most important export product. We saw cocoa, nutmeg, cinnamon trees, coffee plants and many different herbs and spices. To top it all off we visited a small organic chocolate factory where we learnt about the chocolate making process. And finally we stopped at a waterfall for a refreshing dive!
After a brief stopover in Flamingo Bay (a nature reserve and great snorkelling spot), we arrived in Prickly Bay. It’s busy yachting hub with lots of activity. Yesterday was Independence Day so pretty much everything was closed and there were celebrations everywhere. We plan to haul the boat out of the water here to get some maintenance done including some new antifouling. We will probably be here for at least a week and also take the opportunity to stock up on provisions. Grenada seems like a good place to start preparing for our next leg of the journey, the Pacific crossing. But first we still have a few exciting stopovers to make on our way to Panama!
Tobago cays has been one of the highlights of our trip so far! This group of small deserted islands is protected from the sea by a large horseshoe shaped reef. The turquoise water and abundant marine life is stunning. We saw ray fish, turtles, crazy coloured fishes and beautiful corals. After Mustique we also stopped in Canouan and Mayreau, two beautiful islands. The Grenadines have much to offer and remain largely unspoilt although there are lots of other cruising yachts around. Our mornings are filled with schoolwork and afternoons are reserved for snorkelling, swimming, windsurfing or SUP-ing and other adventures. The days fly by and we are conscious we need to keep moving and make our way to Panama…