Last Days in Grenada

From Clarke’s Court we motored around to Phare Bleu, paying another visit to their lovely lightship and having a meal in the poolside bar. We also got a quote for the deck awnings from ‘The Canvas Shop’. The mooring buoy was less than 2.50 GBP but the bay gets a lot of swell and the boat rolled all night long. They did have hot water showers though, a real treat.

Tranquil Port Egmont - Beyzano in the distance

The next morning we motored into the next bay, Port Egmont, which is the best hurricane hole around. We were anchored in the empty inner lagoon by 0700 and the calm water and peace was bliss. There are 2 other boats tied to the ends of private gardens but we were the only visitor.

Residential Development on the Egmont Estate

The bay is spoilt somewhat by lots of new housing, some are lovely but one set of ugly flats have not been completed and just left to mar the landscape. Near the bridge in the north of the bay, the landowner’s offices have a small dock and we were allowed to leave the dinghy there whilst ‘Shademan’ picked us up in his taxi to take us back to Clarke’s Court to watch the London Olympics Opening Ceremony.

Team GB - Hooray!!!

It was a good afternoon, with lots of cheering when the teams walked into the stadium. As well as the UK and Ireland, we cheered all the Caribbean islands we have visited and it made us realise how many we now feel an affinity with. Grenada got an extra big cheer of course as it is home full time to many cruisers. Everyone around us was impressed with the show, especially 007 and Mr Bean! We did have to explain who a few people were though, such as Sir Steve Redgrave but it was lovely to see so many of the UK scenes we know so well, such as the source of the Thames at Lechlade where we used to live, even if they passed the rest of the room by.

The London Olympic Opening Ceremony - Live!

It was interesting to learn that our American sailors didn’t know that the industrial revolution started in the UK and the inventor of the www was also British!

We are now in St David’s, having moved east to get a better angle for Trinidad but we only have another 4 days afloat. The bay is easy to enter with 2 sets of lit nav buoys and at the moment it is almost empty with just a couple of empty boats on moorings and 1 at anchor. The water is calm and the surroundings are beautiful. A quick swim when we arrived at 0800 and then a wander around the boatyard to find our friend’s yacht, which we promised to check for them.

Beach Bar at St David's

The beach is sandy with a nice wooden bar. The yard has showers and a laundry and the moorings and drinks are cheaper than anywhere else we have been to. On the east of the bay is a plantation resort, which reputedly has an excellent restaurant doing breakfast, lunch and dinner. It is closed now but we will definitely investigate when we return from Trinidad!

St David's Bay - Great Place to Haul Out

Our friends on ‘Moana’ are joining us for the crossing and we will both be lifted ashore on the same day so more than likely close to one another. There is a forecast of 55 knot winds for next weekend but we should be tied down and safe in the yard by then and beginning our long stay in Trinidad. It is so nice here that we are already considering hauling out in St David’s next year though. As St David is the patron saint of Wales, it would be apt!

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3 Responses to Last Days in Grenada

  1. Malcolm & Nikki says:

    Hi Both 🙂
    This is really a comment on your latest post but comments weren’t enabled 🙂 Small world eh? I told Mike and Claire on Siga Siga to look out for you – but amazing that you bumped into each other. They are due back to Scotland in September to come sailing with us and some other friends Steve and Gill. Can I ask why your getting rid of the DuoGen as I’m thinking of getting one? Is it any good as a water gen? I presume solar is much more efficient whilst sitting at anchor in all that sun 🙂 We recently got married onboard Destination Anywhere(!), and have just returned from 6 weeks of so cruising the west coast of Scotland again. One less time before we follow Beyzano and Siga Siga’s tracks 🙂

  2. Rhian says:

    Congratulations to you both and DA for being the venue. Yes, small world in the cruising community and we are still loving it. Don’t put off joining us all for too long!

    Don’t know what happened to the comments – will investigate and thanks for alerting me to the problem!

  3. Rhian says:

    Forgot to answer your question about selling our Duogen. Blame the rum punch!

    It is a combination of things. On the Atlantic crossing it blew a fuse when in water mode, so no power from it for a while. Also the bearing in the base has seized (since April) so it won’t turn in air mode in any wind and we have heard others have had the same problem.

    It is currently with an engineer who has another duogen in his workshop which is now junk. He will let us know if ours can be repaired and worth getting another bearing or has to go the same way!

    The main reason is that we want to put a stainless steel arch on the stern to carry the dinghy with the outboard attached and put 4 x 135 watt solar panels on the frame. The design of the duogen meant it would have been in the way, so we decided to part with it. We feel it didn’t give us as much energy as we had been led to believe it would and other people have said you need at least 15 kts of wind to produce anything worthwhile.

    The support from Eclectic Energy has always been first class and we would consider buying the D400 wind generator which they also produce.

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