The joke continues
In at least a couple of posts previous to this one, I have drawn parallels between Georgetown in the Exumas and Grenada. I noted that both places are turning points of sorts where people either, after waiting a certain period of time, do a 180 and head back where they came from, or venture on to parts unknown. In order to move beyond these points of course, one should have in their possession the necessary navigational charts to be able to do so safely. I wrote how we unwittingly became part of what we thought was an inside joke in Georgetown, that being, members of the community of sailors who showed up in GT without the necessary nautical charts to venture further.
Grenada is again, just such a turning point. Of course, many people do go south to Trinidad and then head back north, but I am referring more about those vessels that set sail west towards the ABCs (Aruba, Bonaire and Caracao) and beyond to the Western Caribbean. We have had several friends who have gone on to do this (check out our friends Happy Times for great details on their adventures) and although we’ve put it temporarily on hold, even considered that path ourselves. It’s a good thing we put it on hold too because we, like the numerous other cruisers we hear on the radio net in the morning, are again without paper charts to travel further. We do have the Garmin SD-card for the Western Caribbean which puts us in much better shape than we were in Georgetown, but we’d still prefer to have a backup before we venture in that direction.