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Plans have been made. Rebecca will be staying in Grenada on board ZTC while on October 30th, I will be flying to Trinidad with Scott from Windtraveller to participate in the STCW 95 course. Sadly this means that Rebecca and I will not be spending one of our favorite holidays together: Halloween. πŸ™

Whereas I want to complete this course because I think that it will be of benefit to me down the road, Scott needs to do it because he has a job starting in a month that requires it. Rebecca and I debated about sailing ZTC to Trinidad but given that I will be in class all day for 5 days straight, it wouldn’t be much fun for Rebecca to hang around on the boat by herself.

There was one hurdle that needed to be overcome prior to booking myself into this course: I needed to get a medical done. As I had written earlier, there is no doctor in Grenada who can administer a ENG1 medical. I did however find that there is an alternative, what is called a ML5, and I found a Dr. who could officially (I think) give this exam. Coincidentally, one of our hashing buddies, the same one who took the cool pics that I posted yesterday, is a patient of his. Not only did he call the Dr. to make the introduction for me, he also picked us up at 7:30 in the morning to drive us to the medical office! The exam was pretty thorough and included both vision and color-blindness tests. I was also happy to hear that he found that my blood pressure tested normal. Just as I reported before… cruising is good for your health.

Here are some pics from last night’s dinghy concert which was held in nearby Clarke’s Court Bay.

The heavens opened up with a torrential downpour right after this pic was taken, killing the concert. It was fun while it lasted though.


  1. If you would like for me to come babysit Rebecca, I will!

  2. When I first read the blog title I thought you were going to Trinidad for the “bend over and cough” thing. I agree sometimes when living this lifestyle you have to check just to make sure you still have a pulse.

  3. So, does this mean we’re going to have to call you Captain Mike soon? ; )

  4. Ahhh….Stag Beer! Originally marketed to women as “Star” Beer.

    The Grenadans continue to live up to their reputation as the friendliest in the Caribbean, cool!

    • Really? Marketed to women?

      Stag Lager Beer was first brewed by the National Brewing Company (N.B.C), in conjunction with La Batts of Canada, who held a majority share holding in the company. The beer was launched on Carnival Friday 1973 in a 275ml A-line amber bottle. In the following year, its packaging moved to a 6 inch, 250ml green bottle.

      The Stag bottle was produced in glass of a specific green colouration of a consistent wavelength, which helped to maintain its brewery fresh taste for long periods through its protective value from sunlight.

      In 1995 Stag moved to an 8 inch, 275ml green bottle, competing at price parity with Carib Lager and other beers. As the brand developed and strengthened over time, its sales have grown and continue to grow.

      Stag was positioned as a strong mass-market brand with its own unique identity and slightly bitter taste with a European taste profile.

      Throughout the next thirty-four years the brand’s positioning was further developed to one that focused on β€œMaleness” with Extreme Stamina, Tenacity and Greatness.

      Stag Lager beer – a beer of consistent quality with a distinct, slightly bitter European profile, conveys strength, individualism and masculinity. Its personality is one that is strong-minded, educated, youthful, passionate and positive, motivating consumers to conquer challenges and live life to the fullest – to become the ultimate male, full of power, strength and control.

      Stag is the preferred beer for the youthful and masculine, who are strong-minded, active, outgoing, interested in sports and enjoys socializing – β€œLiving life to its fullest.”

      Its reputation for providing consistent quality and distinct superb great taste, sought by young adult males, earns this beer the legend – A Man’s Beer .

      Stag – A MAN’S BEER.

  5. Hey Mike
    I didnt see any pics of you up there picken and grinnin ………hows the guitar comming along?
    If your looking for any words or music you should check out I use it all the time ……If you have a good internet connection you might want to give a listen ….an all folk station just click listen live its a pbs type station very little talk ….and lots of canadian content
    I dont have any connection with either of these sites they are both VERY clean [no popups etc] I just like them both

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