We decided to break up the 100 miles to Bequia by biting off 24 the first day and then the remainder the following. The short leg was to anchor overnight in Rodney Bay on the island of St. Lucia. Our plan is to arrive just before dark, anchor and leave first thing the next morning. This way we will not have to clear with customs and pay the fees for just one night. We found Rodney Bay very large and anchoring was easy. Fortunately Sharna & Jim (Second Spray) had arrived just before us and the gave us the skinny on where to anchor. The bay is very deep and then as you get close to shore it shallows very quickly. We went in slowly until we saw 14 feet of water and dropped the hook in a clear patch of sand. By the time we let out our 100 foot of chain, the boat was in close to 30 feet. So that shows you just how steep the bottom is.
We arrived in Bequia the next day and decided to just grab a mooring ball instead of anchoring. The mooring balls are very close to town and sit in around 30 feet of water so anchoring there is out of the question. Bequia has an excellent dingy dock and a very nice walk along the harbor. The walk is covered in beautiful trees, flowers, and has several Inn’s and restaurants. We went to Mack’s for lunch a couple of times and met Kevin the owner. Make sure to stop at Mack’s for their pizza! There is another place called Whale Boners that has whale bones at the entrance and whale vertebra on their stools. They were not open when we were in town so only stopped to get a few pictures.
We stayed in Bequia for several days until we had a weather window to move again to Carriacou. Like most of the islands in the Caribbean, the Customs and Immigration offices are located conveniently to the harbor. Carriacou was no exception, the office was located right at Carriacou Marina and clearing was very easy. The anchorage at Tyrrel Bay is very large and very crowded. At first I thought we would not be able to find a good spot to anchorage. But after several laps of the harbor, we found a good spot in around 12 feet of water. It never amazes me when you see goats, chickens, sheep, dogs and cats just roaming around the streets. However, sharing the beach with a cow is a first for us.
The last leg of this years journey took us to St. Davids Harbour and Grenada Marine Boat Yard (GMBY). The sail down the west coast of Grenada was very comfortable. Small seas and 10-12 knots of wind. This is because the west side of these islands are usually the leeward side. Leeward side means the side that is protected by land from wind and seas as opposed to the Windward side which is exposed to the elements. As soon as we made the turn on the southern end of Grenada things were much different.
We found ourselves pounding into 20-25 knots of wind with at least 6 foot seas. Needless to say, this was no fun but we only had to do around 10 miles until we arrived in St. Davids. We arrived at the entrance to St. Davids and took care on entering the harbor because there are reefs on both sides of the channel. Fortunately, the channel is marked well and staying in the middle of the channel we found plenty of depth. Since we arrived on the weekend, we just grabbed one of the mooring balls until Monday when we were scheduled to be hauled out.