And so, it has been over a month since our last update and we have made some great memories for sure. St Croix’s St Patrick’s Day celebration was everything we had hoped for. This island still truly rates as one our favorites. Crab races, beer drinking pigs, Art Walk, conch hunting, great friends and more made this one for the memory bank for sure.
Since our return from St. Croix we have spent a pretty equal amount of time between the BVI’s and USVI’s. It has been great to experience some of the amazing bays without the typical crowds of years past but on the other hand, devastating to see the condition of many of the islands. When you read reports of a ten year recovery time it is easy to see how this too may be under estimated. Some of our favorite haunts like the North Sound, Spanish Town, Soper’s Hole, Trellis and Cane Garden Bays are a long way from recovery. That being said we did attend the FIRST Full Moon Party since “IrmaMariagedon”. We tried to spend some money as we wandered amongst the newly decorated “wrecks” on the beach. Spanish Town and Soper’s Hole are really ghost ports with little left. Michael Bean has his “Happy Arr” show up and running in his old shack to entertain the crowds and Levrick is the closest to recovery that we have seen. We discovered a few “new bays for us” at Deadman’s and Bluff. We had an “over-the-moon” experience frolicking with the dolphins at Bluff bay. Thanks to Reid for photos of our play time. We twirled, dove and played with these two amazing dolphins for at least a half an hour. They mimicked us and used our anchor chain for back scratching… too cool!
St John is still a hiking delight with all trails cleared and the bonus of no “Iron Rangers to collect the nightly $26 fee. We believe this has been done in some regards to encourage more boats to visit the island and spend money ashore.. (which we have been happy to do). Never a trouble to find a mooring ball in any of the bays and quiet beaches make the island very enticing. The reefs and beaches really took a beating though with many beaches losing sand and much coral destroyed and washed ashore. The reefs are not looking very healthy and it is hard to find good snorkeling. We are hoping this too shall come soon.
Short and sweet and bitter sweet….
And so the crew of Cru has made the decision to shorten our two year plan to one year for a variety of reasons. We are all ready to move forward and look ahead to new adventures and land based fun. It has been an amazing time and we all hold many cherished memories aboard this sweet boat. Must say, other than having two hulls to scrape, a catamaran is the ultimate living space and what a dream to sail. We have loved our sojourn.
And as one of our favorite Grenada yogis say… “so we go”…. With a deadline of May 7 for the survey, sea trial and inspection by the new buyers (happy to say they are CANADIAN) we are looking forward to moving forward. We are still trying to encourage them to move their closing date up….but currently June 17 before we officially bid farewell to Grand Cru and close this chapter of our grand adventure.