At anchor in the lovely bay, we are having a brilliant time and aleady feel very much part of the friendly community. It is no wonder people stay here for years. We had a weather window to go to Grenada yesterday but have decided to stay until Friday or beyond.
Rob took our friend’s eldest son, Emile, for a very quick spin around the bay in our dinghy and I’m not sure who enjoyed it more! Emile has grown a lot since last October and is now too heavy to wake board behind their dinghy, so in stepped Rob. The 3 children are delightful and their parents insist they only speak english around us. Lorna is a teacher in Denmark and they have school on the boat every day, quite a task as they are all in different school years. The cruising life teaches them plenty more besides of course!
Yesterday 9 of us joined Peter and Sylvie on ‘Jambalaya’ to race around a couple of rocks and get to the bar. Their boat was built here and the father and son team who gave birth to her were also part of the crew. She is a lovely yacht, very stable and weighs twice as much as Beyzano. It takes a bit of wind to get her going though and she isn’t too fast to windward, so we didn’t need Rob to swim ashore over the finish line as we were definitely not in the running to win. It was a wonderful experience though, to sail on a boat with wooden blocks, 5 sails up at once and no need of guard rails.
We have also met Ian, from Milford Haven, who has a huge welsh ensign flying from his boat and several people who live here all year round. A visit ashore to the supermarket and fruit stall in the trusty dinghy resulted in 6 mangoes, 2 avocados, 6 potatoes, a cucumber, a cabbage and some bananas, all for less than 5 GBP.
Lunch in the Slipway Restaurant was equally good value. I had seared freshly caught tuna with salad and Rob had a huge burger and chips, which cost less than 5 GBP each. We were told the menu is the same in the evenings with perhaps an added vegetable but double the price, so it is much cheaper to eat at lunch time.
Tonight we have friends over for dinner, so once the generator has finished topping up the batteries and heating the water, we need to get ashore and buy some provisions. Beyzano is definitely lighter now as we have started using up our Waitrose and M&S tins of food, as they have expiry dates of this autumn. Getting rid of the old outboard has also lightened our load and given us some more space in the stern locker but we have far more room than we need for 2 of us. Living on the boat is still very comfortable and with the anchor snubber cutting out the noise from the chain when she moves around in any gusts, we sleep very soundly. We have barely eaten a single meal inside since Christmas and the choice of the large cockpit was definitely a good one. Our fans haven’t seen much use either, as the roof hatches open facing forwards so the air flows through the boat. The flap in the spray hood which we can unzip to let air through, plus the easy to access stern with cockpit shower for rinsing off after swimming have also been very useful.