On the 9/2 14;30, after a tedious clearing out of Granada in the new fancy Marina/Resort, we finally hoist the anchor and sat course towards Bonaire, one of the three ABC island in the Netherlands Antilles. We had two days and 20 hours in front of us starting with very good winds and one reef in main. Friday the 12/2 at 10 o’clock we arrived at Kralendijk and got help from a Dane, Jesper, with the mooring and tips about burger evening etc.. On Bonaire you are not allowed to droop anchor because the whole island is surrounded by corals. Later on we got to no Jesper, his family and friend and the stay on Bonaire turned out to be one of our bests, thanks to them. Alexandra was surrounded by corals and lots of colourful fish to look at, that gave us hours of nice snorkelling. Also touring around the island on a scooter and the national park up north in Jespers car gave lots of adventures. The greatest event was probably that Lars, together with Katerina, got the padi diver certificate. It was super and not at all easy. I am glad for passing the padi theory so I can make sure Lars’s diving equipment is okay. Maybe later on I can try again with the practical tests. Snorkelling is grate for me now!
We sailed to Carriacou 29/1-16 after clearing out with customs in the village and immigration at the airport because we were sailing to another country, Grenada and Carriacou. We dropet anchor in Tyrrel Bay. There were several Danish sailing boats in the beautiful bay and soon we had visits from to of them, Karen and Niels from the Danish catamaran Mevoy (ARK+) and Hella and Flemming that stayed semi permanent here with there boat. Here we enjoyed eating at local restaurants like “Lucky”, tasty and law priced chicken every day except Saturday when she had grilled pork, (12 EC$ = 30DKK) with the other Danes.
Granada Prickley Bay for anchor. A Budget Marina close by but a long walk to food store. The famous Danish ketch sailing-boat “Nordkaperen”, owned by the explorer and author Truels Kløvedal came in 2/2 with 10 young sailor on-board heading for Asia. We were invited on-board the next day and it was amazing to see how much nice work they did on-board.
The 4/2 we sailed to Grand Anse St George Granada and dropped the anchor. The second night, due to stronger wind, the anchor did not hold. After to tough nights we sailed in to The Granada Yacht Club. Lars bought a Manson anchor, mounted it and sold the old CQR by announcing on cruisers net. We staid one more night at the harbour and took to the celebration of independence at the big sport arena. It was a very colorful event with lots of people dressed in the national colors yellow tomato red and green. Next morning we sailed out in the bay and dropped the new anchor. It hold amazingly good, so we got a nice night of sleep before the long leg to Bonaire, the next day. First, though, we had to say goodbye to our newly gotten friends, Karen and Niels, with a sun downer on Alexandra. We wish them good winds on there way back to Denmark!