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This coming weekend the Grenada Hash House Harriers will be holding their annual Hash in Carriacou and as we did last year, we’ll be sailing up to take part in the fun. Since we arrived in Grenada in June, we’ve enjoyed being on the move a lot more than we did last year. Although it was not our intention to remain so stationary in 2011, it’s pretty easy to just stay put when you find yourself in a nice anchorage with friendly people. Note that we see this same behavior with many of our friends who stay at Port Louis Marina too. Is is pretty nice there after all so who can blame them? Anyway, we have not fallen into that pattern again this year and may be stretching it even further soon with a trip to Trinidad.

The pre-hash pic from last Saturday’s event.

Rebecca and I got a jump on the pack. Thanks Brian Steele for this photo!

In the category of “strange things one might see at a Hash” there is…

It has long been our intention to travel to Trinidad and if things line up, we may even head down there as early as next week. Just to keep our options open, Rebecca would like to take the STCW 95* that I did last year and we both need to have medicals done. Unfortunately the RYA would not accept the medical that I had completed last year by the Grenadian doctor. In order to obtain the commercial endorsement on my Captain’s license I need to have a medical done by an MCA approved doctor and the only ones “in the area” are in Port of Spain, Trinidad and Barbados. We all know how I feel about sailing to Barbados, right?

Anyway, before we head down there we need to confirm that the doctor will be available to see us both and that Rebecca can get in on this course. If we can’t swing that for October, the next session takes place mid-November and we’ll head down there then. We have many friends who speak highly of Trinidad so, even though Rebecca will be tied up for several days of our trip, we’re quite eager to see for ourselves some of the fun things that the island has to offer. Perhaps we’ll even get to Hash!

*To see the fun that Rebecca has in store for herself at the STCW 95 course, check out these posts:

Calivigny Harbor has recently become one of our favorite anchorages in Grenada.
It is quiet, protected…

and beautiful, both from the water and from the shore.

8 Comments

  1. It is my biggest concern that I will get comfortable in one place. My goal is to travel and see every island in the Caribbean. I know things dont ever work out like you want, but my objective would be to stay a minimum of two (2) days at each island (even if I dont like-dont judge a book by its cover) and stay no more than two (2) weeks. I can always go back! Obviously safety and weather would come first.

  2. Hey, have a safe trip if we miss you.

  3. That has always confused me. There will be islands you love, islands you hate, and so-so islands that have no effect on you. But what amount of time does it take to know what you like? As you said 2 days gets you nowhere, 2 weeks is better, but what is the deal breaker? I would imagine spending my full cruising permit stay would get you close. Maybe that choice is me just being frugal, or maybe it’s m belief that you have to give it time and absorb everything the island has to offer. Everyone has those little things that makes their island special. Some blogs I have read it was Georgetown because they offered great social and recreation opportunities. Others it was Grenada for the Hurricane protection, social activities, the beauty, etc. And then there is the small group who “loved” the Virgin Islands, not because of social activity, recreation, or beauty; they loved them because they could easily find work and no visa required. I like how you mentioned that one island has many anchorages, so you can be in the island you love, but “Not Stuck In One Spot”. Also, good luck in Trinidad.

    • There are times when we will leave an anchorage after one day if the conditions suck or we have some other safety concerns. I wouldn’t judge the entire island on that experience though.

      Many people feel they “know” a place but they never leave the harbor or the street(s) adjacent to it. In my opinion, until you start to make friends with some of the people that live on an island (they know you by name, you know them) and you have travelled around it, you can’t say that you know a place.

      As for staying your full cruising permit, many islands will allow you to stay for months so I’m pretty sure you won’t find that system too practical.

      Coincidentally we just had a conversation with our friends about which islands they enjoyed the most AND WHY. We enjoyed hearing how their priorites and criteria differed from ours.

  4. FYI years ago I was part of the Canada Post team that was being proposed to take over and manage the Trini post office. As I did my research on the move of my family I reached out to my son’s soccer coach and his wife (who were both Trinis) and my CSIS employed neighbour. All three warned me to carefully pick a gated community in Port of Spain or have a live-in / armed “gardener”. POS was not considered to be a safe area. The CSIS assessment was not warm and fuzzy at all and being so close to the dangerous coast of Venuzuela the surrounding waters were not considered safe. Now this was in the mid 90’s so things may have changed for the better or worse.

    I still suggest Barbados….splurge and fly over for a few days. It is a fabulous island.

    (We didn’t win the bid so I did not get to go “trini”. Our negotiating team was told by one Trini MP to drop $50K in a bank account and the deal was ours. Our company refused to pay kickbacks; the Kiwis ended up with the contract…draw your conclusion. We did get the 10 year contract to re-build the Lebanese post office though, without any kickbacks being paid, but I refused to go there.)

    • During last year’s visit to Trini I stayed in one of those nice gated communities (friends of my friend). Pretty sure I would NOT enjoy that on a regular basis. That was also the time when Trini was operating with a 10 PM (or 11?) curfew. Very weird. The area where the cruisers stay (Chagaramus) is reportedly much safer though.

      As for Barbados, the chances of me spending money on a plane ticket to go there are about 1000 times less likely than me sailing there, and I have no intention of doing that, unless of course I am arriving there from the Azores after my circumnavigation.

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