From Bequia we’d only 76 kilometers to journey to reach the southern tip of Grenada. The forecast each day was for 25 knot winds and six base seas. Usually we wouldn’t go out in those conditions, but we had been willing to obtain it over with and achieve Grenada in time to prepare for our friends upcoming go to on July 10th. We left Bequia utilizing the wind blasting behind us. I felt as stressed as I had once we first started sailing in Maine and insisted that Jon and I also both wear our life jackets and harnesses. This assisted to eradicate my should contemplate each step of the process I would personally simply take if Jon were all of a sudden knocked off the boat, therefore I surely could relax a bit. If we left the protection regarding the islands, the waves found so we entertained ourselves by wanting to imagine so just how big these were, comparing them towards the biggest we’ve seen.
Later on that afternoon we anchored in Charlestown Bay, Canouan, simply away from moorings which held the only real two other ships in the harbor, both charters. Squalls had been predicted for the next time and we chose to stay placed to hold back them out. That next early morning I declared that i’d never be making the boat anyway and ended up being just going to relax. I’d had my fill of long hot walks and decided I’d seen enough until we reached Grenada. Jon felt obligated to go ashore for the browse around but must have been feeling similarly ready to be performed moving, as he came back with no clear and convincing proof any should go ashore.
A day later I stepped base on the island to accompany Jon towards immigration office in which we tested of St. Vincent. Hrs later on we navigated our method through the hundred approximately boats anchored in Carriacou to check in. Our sightseeing regarding area ended up being limited to the dock for immigration and also the dock associated with the Purple Turtle where we ate a delicious pizza with callalou (a spinach-like veggie), bacon, and egg, and drank our very first couple of Stags. We called it a night so we could get right up good and very early to perform the ultimate 37 miles of our long voyage.
Within the very first hour of making Carriacou, we had been questioning our choice to head out that time. We were headed downwind with just the jib out if the very first squall arrived through, so we paid down sail and comfortably handled the 30 knot gusts. The wind calmed somewhat so we set up the key sail, although not very long later the wind kicked up and hovered on either part of 30 knots for 30 tense mins. This is round the time we had been nearing the underwater volcano, Kick ‘em Jenny. We thought that instead of going around the exterior of the cautionary zone we would run for the cover associated with other islands inside tabs on the volcano. The wind and present had other a few ideas so we finished up going directly within the volcano while the motorboat in front of us had additionally done. We didn’t think a lot of it until two to three weeks later on when we were talking to friends who directed united states to different news articles, informing united states that whenever the volcano is degassing, every one of the bubbles could lower the water’s density to the stage that the motorboat could lose buoyancy and sink! I assume we’ll always go around it along the way back.
Quickly we could see mainland Grenada into the distance. Used to don’t would like to get too excited and say we’d reached our destination while we nevertheless had 25 miles to get before we would be properly anchored, but the increasing proximity to the goal brought increasing relief. Mostly it felt surreal to get ourselves as of this milestone – the area we had discussed for months where we would have the ability to stop and sleep for awhile – and I’m not sure if it is really also sunk in yet that individuals actually did it.
We’ve been pressing forward in a southerly way for nine months, aided by the first month or two invested attempting to escape the cold together with last hurrying getting out from the hurricane area. We’ve visited 35 islands in nine countries and traveled 3500 kilometers. Spending the next four months in identical place appears an impossibly number of years. That is, until i believe towards work that people should oftimes be doing included before we make the long return journey. But those ideas can wait for now. My policy for the next a few times and possibly even weeks, is to settle in and simply enjoy perhaps not moving.