Blow Hole… Not a Missed Opportunity

There seems to be a sight or experience around every corner. Often, they can be easily overlooked if one isn’t aware of one’s surroundings. In this case, we’re heading north again having gone as far south as we will on this adventure. We round a corner of Union Island and if we hadn’t looked back we would have missed this wonderful blowhole.

Enjoy the video.

One on One…

It’s wonderful (and sometimes not easy) to find time when you can be one on one with one of the kids or your spouse. These are special important times that we try to organize although some moments (like this one) just happen.

Here we’re on Petit St Vincent with Petit Martinique in the background. Life is good.

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Petit Martinique

While anchored at Petit St Vincent, we needed to get some provisions and since the island is a privately owned resort, we had to head to Petit Martinique. As mentioned before, PM is a part of Grenada but there is no port of entry there. In fact, there isn’t a port of entry for quite a distance. For this reason, they don’t mind if you come ashore to buy a few things or to have a meal or just have a quick look around. So, off we go.

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The elementary school on the island, colourfully painted with murals.

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Finally time for a cemetery picture. We see cemeteries all over the islands and they’re an interesting part of the landscape. They can be found in some interesting places with everything else built up around them.

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Petit Martinique was a truly wonderful place to visit. It is “old school” Caribbean. There is no real industry built up around tourists. It feels like the Caribbean that I grew up in forty some years ago.

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Oh, and one other small point, I guess it’s the first country that we “snuck” into.

The Storm at PM and PSV

So, here is the footage of the storm that we had shortly after we anchored at Petit St Vincent.

 

 

Boy, is it ever nice to stay dry and to be securely at anchor!

12.5 Degrees North

As is our want, it’s time to move off to a new set of islands. This time, we’re going to head to 2 islands – Petit Martinique and Petit St. Vincent (or PM and PSV as they are called). PM is part of Grenada, and PSV is part of St Vincent and the Grenadines. We’ll anchor off of PSV since we will not be checking into Grenada.

So, we need to move further south. And, as we set off to go toward 12.5 degrees north, I felt the need to put on my warmer clothes.

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Why you ask….. because of what we were heading into….

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This is a picture from where we were anchored, just minutes after we got the anchor set. And, we got it set just in time!!

The winds started howling and the rain came hard. Tis the season.

Want to see more… check our the video in the next blog post.

Time Under the Water Too

In the Tobago Cays, we got to spend a lot of time on top of the water and on land. But, we also did have some time under the water looking for some of our old friends.

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And, some new ones.

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Always cool to see … the Blue Tang (same as the first).

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Bakery Served To Your Boat

In many places, one finds what are called Boat Boys, who will come around to your boat to see if you want to buy T-shirts, fruit, ice, or maybe take your garbage away. All pretty useful services. But, one service that is really appreciated especially when you’re in the middle of nowhere, is the bringing of fresh baked goods first thing in the morning. You can often put your order in the afternoon or evening before and have it arrive the next morning just in time for breakfast. The only caveat is that you don’t want to know the price!!

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Climbing the Island of Petit Bateau

It’s always good to get off the boat and stretch the legs. It’s even better when it comes with an amazing view. Here are some of the sights as we climbed up the island of Petit Bateau.

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Flora and Fauna of the Tobago Cays

The top of a Century Plant framed by the sky.

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Iguana out for a walk.

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A turtle with some interesting parters. If you look close you can see a couple Remorras attached to the shell. Remorras are often more likely found attached to sharks as a symbiotic partner.

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Here are the kids swimming with the turtle.

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Views From Baradel in the Tobago Cays…

Here are some of the views that we had when we landed on the island of Baradel

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Yes, the panorama shots continue…. they don’t translate all that well to the blog but… perhaps a book.

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Our neighbours and Legend is in there toward the back somewhere.

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A little bit of paradise.

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Anchoring at the Tobago Cays…

After looking around a little bit, we were able to find a wonderful anchorage where we had enough room.

One of the things that we’ve noticed and I believe that I’ve said before is the number of Canadians and Canadian boats that are sailing down in the Eastern Caribbean. It’s great. We continue to meet people who come by and say hi. And, from time to time we meet the same people and talk like old long lost friends. A wonderful community.

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Alas, a beach is always a great place to stop and continue the most recent invention of a game. I believe that the boys are going to have to write a book called the Frazers Book of Invented Games. Not to let Hoyle have all the fun.

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Some of our neighbours as well all look out on to the open ocean only seperated by a narrow reef which does a great job of slowing the ways down if not the wind.

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You can see the reef where the light and dark waters meet.

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Entering The Tobago Cays

Outside of the British Virgin Islands, the Tobago Cays have the greatest number of smaller islands within a short sail from each other. They are wonderfully beautiful, picturesque and largely have an old Caribbean Style. We’re looking forward to slowing down our travel a bit in the Tobago Cays.

To get to the Tobago Cays, there are a couple of ways that you can enter the normal anchoring/mooring ground. We will take a narrow pathway between two islands. You can barely see it in the picture below. And, what you can’t see is how shallow it is. The only spot that will accomodate our keel is a small channel in the centre.

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One of the things that many skippers do is anchor in the channel. Anchoring here is one of the few places that they allow anchoring since the Tobago Cays are a national park. It would be their equivalent of Canada’s Banff National Park. So, as we travel through the channel we need to slolam through the anchored boats.

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A view that I was not paying attention to as we were making our way through the channel.

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Next Stop…. Canouan Island…

Our next stop is an island where we won’t stay long. In fact, there are many Grenadine Islands and we want to get to many of them so we’ll be visiting most of them quickly. The exception will likely be The Tobago Cays.

So, after Mustique, we’re off to Canouan. A little more than half of this island is owned by a property company who has created a gated community. The rest of the island used to be a sleepy quiet place but is now growing with the influx of money and people related to the property development. We’re here just to take a quick look around and to provision.

Here’s a panorama view of part of the huge bay where we’re anchored.

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More colourful boats. I love the fact that no one is scared to use colour in the Caribbean. Caroline, let’s paint the house! 🙂

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This starfish brings up an interesting story… okay, maybe not really, but it is HUGE. It’s over a foot wide. The kids found it alone in the water just off shore.

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A ship rests just as dusk sets in.

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Time For The Mystery of Mustique

It’s time for another transit. This time we’re off to Mustique. A smaller island, as many of the Grenadines are, that is basically owned by a corporation that has shared ownership by the people who own homes on the island. Mick Jagger has a home on the island and Kate Middleton and her family have visited since her wedding which apparently caused some commotion on the island.

Because of the size of the island we were wondering if the mooring field might be a bit rough. It was in fact, surprisingly flat. Going ashore, we found the island to be very quaint and well taken care of. As much as it’s a private island, there is still a small village which provides services to yachtsmen as well as services for the island’s corporation.

Here’s a boat that we’ve seen a couple of times. Think they might be following us…. hmmm. Captain Jack?

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A restaurant and bar right on top of the water. Basil’s also has an annual blues festival which is the only blue festival in the Caribbean.

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An old sugar cane steel boiler… a nice nod to the past.

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Two houses that contain businesses. The one on the left is called The Pink House and the one on the right is called The Green House…. no, of course not… it’s The Purple House.

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Stanley’s Market… amazing fresh produce.

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The lovely Legend resting just of shore behind the colourful fishing boats of Mustique.

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The Philosophy of Flat Water

Something that strikes me, especially when we’re passagemaking is that what you see, is what you think you’re going to get. If you are travelling through flat water, it appears that as far as the eye can see there is flat water. If there is flat or rough water further off, there is no way to tell, it all looks like flat water.

And, the same is true for rough water. If you’re travelling through rough water, your visibility tends to be less and you’re less likely to be able to look off into the distance. But, if you could, you’d not be able to tell if what you’re going into was flat or more rough water.

Of course, this is a great analogy for life and business. And, having said that, the more information you can get about the reality of the water around you from weather reports or other devices, the better. It will help give you a more true depiction of reality as opposed to what you create in your head.

For us, water is metaphorically and realistically important to our survival. It literally supports us and can also punish us from time to time. We need to respect it for what it is and not create it into what it isn’t.