OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAAs you sail away from the Bocas Del Dragon,the Northern part of Trinidad causes a huge wind shadow. we motored until we found a few knots of breeze as the sun came up. Jib out, motors off and Escapade was sailing at 8 kts on a smooth sea. As the wind and seas built we were cruising at 10 knots and finding our sea legs again. We were both a bit wobbly that first day, it took a few hours to re-adjust to the motion and remember all the things that soon become second nature again, like the finer points of our reefing procedure.
By mid morning we were passing the huge natural gas drilling platforms and speeding over the sea as it turned from the gravy-dark waters of Trinidad to the true blue of the Caribbean. The final approach to Grenada is interesting as the sea bed rises from a depth of 900m to 30m. The swells pile up over this shelf and the last few miles were a bit of a sleigh ride as we bore away and surfed in to our destination at 15 knots, rolling up the jib and rounding up behind Calvigny Island to drop the main and motor over to our favourite anchorage in the Calvigny Cut. The anchor went down in to white sand at 2pm on the 23rd November and it’s still there as I write this, 2 weeks later.
Escapade pulling gently at her bridle in flat water with a constant breeze, that feels so good after the heat of the yard in Trinidad.
Our view is the coconut fringed beach of Calvigny, we can pick up wifi from the nearby Le Phare Bleu marina.
From here I can tack upwind on my windsurf board and play on the reef-breaks by Adam Island. In my shorts. In December.
We also have easy access to all the fun and facilities of Grenada. Provisioning in the markets, eating and drinking in the local rum shops and restaurants, plus some good live music, liming at the legendary Hog Island Sunday bbq, the finish of the RORC Transatlantic Race, and lots of socialising with friends old and new. Two weeks have passed very agreeably, we have adjusted back to boat-life and now it’s time to move on. We have cleared customs and this afternoon we will set sail for Los Roques, 300nm to our West.
Several people I have spoken to here are not sure where Los Roques is, so in a bid to add some cutting-edge navigational technology to this blog, I have embedded an interactive map which should help: