Wow, from our last post until this one life has been a bit of a blur. We so enjoyed having company aboard for the holidays. Rob visited from December 22 -30 and Reid & Kathy December 28 –January 6 and we packed so much into each day that it will be hard to capture it all. We will try and highlight a few of our special moments.
We picked up Rob in Canouan and then had a lumpy sail to Bequia. We had hoped to make it to the Tobago Cays for a couple of days but with the north swell coming we decided to modify. Bequia was a fun place to be and provided great local atmosphere for Christmas and true to the local’s word – rain on Christmas. This didn’t slow us down and we still had a yummy brunch, opened gifts, hiked to Friendship Bay relaxed on the beach and enjoyed a special Christmas dinner.
The news that Reid & Kath’s flight had been cancelled provided moments of stress all around as we tried to determine our new plans. It all worked out fine – just a day late. We had time to enjoy a day sail and snorkel to Petite Nevis with Rob and then headed to St. Vincent a day later. As soon as Reid & Kath arrived (after a sleepless night in the airport) we fed them, cast off and had a great sail back to Bequia. We were still able to sneak in a stop at the Tobago Cays before Rob headed home and this sail included a tuna for dinner (and an ugly squall).
The four of us then spent a memorable New Year’s Eve in Salt Whistle Bay, Mayreau…… it was quite uneventful ashore but the rocky and rolly of the boat provided humor, a treadmill workout and NO sleep, so at first light we hauled anchor and celebrated the beginning of the New Year in Clifton Harbor, Union Island. With unsettled weather in the forecast we had to change plans once more. We were still able to get in a stop to Sandy Island, snorkel the Sculpture Park but pulled into Port Louis Marina, Grenada a day early. So 3 days on the sea were exchanged for busy days of land based fun in Grenada. Most memorable were the Jazz Night at the museum, trying to find a roti for dinner, hashing in the mud, monkeys in Grand Etang and the beauty of Grand Anse beach. On January 6 we returned from an island tour at 5pm which left time for a quick shower, dinner and packing followed by a sad farewell at 7pm as Reid & Kathy headed to Port of Spain, Trinidad for the first leg of their journey home.
The boat seems VERY quiet and a tad lonely as we adjust to the solitude again. We are hanging out in Grenada for a few more days due to the high winds, seas and ugly weather. In addition, we are able to get a few boat chores done, provision and deal with our autopilot, which is still having issues. If forecasts prove correct we hope to begin our journey north again Saturday with no set plans. ….And it is hard to believe we are coming up to our one year anniversary aboard Amoray!
A smattering of photos from the holiday fun!