Most buses in the Caribbean have been like the one in the video and I aim to capture a few more examples to post here. No complaints, we like it although some of the drivers must be ex-F1 test pilots as they overtake on the outside of blind bends and hit max revs in each gear. As I boarded a bus yesterday to add to my new collection it turned out to be the first quiet ride we have ever had. From now on if I can’t hear a rapper from half a mile away I am not taking the ride!
Following the calmest evening with the best sunset yet we lucked out at Bingo by one number. Yes we were an ’18’ short of a goat. The cruisers next to us had come over from Hog Island to celebrate a birthday and one of them, the guy in the beige shirt, won a goat. He was elated and quick to make friends with his new farming asset back stage. Top prize tonight was 800 ECD, a goat and a pig but they had to be shared between two winners.
It’s all back to normal this morning with the usual 20 knot trades blowing. My neighbour who lives with his dog is listening to opera about as loudly as is possible on a boat system and it’s quite nice to hear across the sea.
Why do we go to Bingo? We found it odd until we had had enough of the ‘dark by 6.30pm at anchor’ lark when there really isn’t much to do onboard. And it is the one night that is given over to locals and their music, their culture and entertainment so it’s good fun.
Windsurfing went out with the Ark when Kite Surfing came in but oddly enough I found a youngster practicing the ancient craft and offered him some help to get through the waterstart barrier.
I digress for moment; on the 7.30am cruisers radio net VHF Channel 66 there was an urgent call on Saturday because a young kite surfer and cruiser had broken his hip whilst surfing. He was anchored in a remote area off Frigate Island and his girlfriend and two dogs were left alone as he was flown to the hospital in Grenada.
So cruisers on the net were getting a project together to bring the boat to a populated Tyrrel Bay anchorage. So far, now two days later, customs won’t allow the boat to be moved until several forms are filled out.
The net is very active and one controller always manages to end with a joke the last one being ‘I walked past this garage downtown and the mechanic said to the driver ‘Man I no manage to fix ya brakes sa a made ya horn louda’.
Back to the lessons. Well it was a bit of a first but I managed to demonstrate waterstarting whilst wearing my flippers but there wasn’t quite enough wind to get going. It’s great to be actively doing something in the sea. I couldn’t resist publishing the flippers in the air pics.
No way! You mean raise the anchor? Yep it’s going to happen after almost a month we are going to see our anchor again….then we are going to do the 15 minutes or so to get to Clarke Court Bay before dropping it in time for the next dinghy concert on 4th March. Here is a video of a prior event:
Our furling motor has left Antigua so it’s getting closer and then we can start to think about leaving Grenada.
We are ready for your return to the Caribbean….you know who you are….we have some stock!
We consume very little rum. We bought a bottle of Havana 3 Year Old at the Gibraltar fuel dock and a bottle of Appletons Jamaica Rum from Marigot Bay. Our preferred rum based on ‘accidental tastings’ (ie I’ll have one of those….) is Crystal White Rum from St Lucia.
Still trying to work out what these things are for. Reckon I’m getting closer.
On a more serious note we have hauled our tender which has been in the water now for over a month and has done something in the region of 250nm (largely towed) and it looks ready for a good scrub on the underside. We don’t want to look at the underside of the motherhull.
And more good news our mainsail furling motor is in Puerto Rico so it’s well on it’s way to Grenada airport for collection.
Film reel….We have been able to upload videos at last so here they are from our journey south to Las Palmas and across the Atlantic…
and the Atlantic crossing, the main event, ARC 2013
And the view today?
Much the same as yesterday, the day before and the week before that. Boats in our little bay rarely move. In fact we were shocked to see one up anchor and departing as the sun set yesterday but it went into the bay by De Big Fish, dropped off a tender, and came back to resume normality.
Is this neighbourhood watch or are we in some kind of floating asylum? Without the odd boat movement creating a bit of interest we probably would be certifiable.
Mast shots of this month’s address:
In a bid to watch the England – Ireland Six Nations rugby match from the comfort of the navigators chair rather than dinghy over to De Big Fish up went the floor and the re-routing of internet cables started.
We got rid of our old VPN provider VPN Authority as performance was poor and we were unable to connect from anchor. We signed up with PureVPN and got connected immediately. But there dedicated TV streaming service wasn’t able to route cleanly enough from the BBC in London to us at anchor in Grenada on the end of some small WiFi stick.
So I had to watch the match in multiple 5 second bursts of activity. The 40 minute first half, actually I only made it to 28 minutes in, took me about two hours to watch. As yet I don’t know the outcome and I have the opportunity to spend the rest of the day, and maybe tomorrow, completing the match.
Bingo prizes included 1,000 ECD plus a sheep, a sheep, a pair of rabbits, 600 ECD, a fan, a couple of pairs of pants, free beers & pizza and a few other unsual items. The best outcome occurs when several cards win and the award of the prize is decided by a dance-off on stage. I need to get some action shots next week.
There is a stadium bingo on 2nd March for 10,000 players with top prize of 30,000 ECD (7,500 GBP).