Celebrations in Grenada

Tahina Celebrations

Tahina Celebrations

We had spent over a week working on the boat cleaning up not only from the passage, but also in preparation for our guests. And, as mentioned before, we also had a number of small boat projects to work on as well. We could have moved north towards St. Lucia, but we decided to stay because there were friends of ours on boats on the way from Africa we hoped to see before we left. Most of our friends who crossed won’t be continuing on the same path, so this would be the last chance to see them.

On Saturday, we went into St. Georges, the main city of Grenada, to do some shopping. We wanted to go to the market for some fruits and veggies, and to some grocery stores. It ended up raining so much while we were there we ended up just grabbing some of the fruits from a small stand outside a grocery store. While there, we ran into some Caribbean cruisers who also had boats in Prickly Bay. They invited us to socialize on the weekend.

We got to know some very nice people on s/v Macaro and s/v Imagine (a catamaran – not the one we know from Oriental). They helped us celebrate the completion of our circumnavigation. The couple from Macaro are from the Houston area, and not only that their work had them in Johor Baru, Malaysia at the same time as us in 2013. We had a fun time chatting with them all, and they were fascinated to hear about our circumnavigation as they also contemplate trips like that in their futures.

Meanwhile, our friends on s/v ThreeShips, and s/v Shango, arrived on Sunday evening after their long passages from Ascension. We got with them the next morning to welcome and congratulate them. And we told them the clearance process, and gave them tips on how to get around Grenada and Prickly Bay. We also invited them all to come to Tahina for sundowners to celebrate our circumnavigations. Threeships had two crew who came with them across from Africa – and they were leaving a day or two later. So, that’s why the photo above shows six, plus Karen.

We had a great time socializing with them all, and it was wonderful to spend some time with some of our fellow circumnavigators before we start the trip home. It was great comparing notes on our South Atlantic crossing and hearing and sharing our tales from the long passages.

We had a bit more to drink than we normally would do before a passage, but we still managed to leave the next morning shortly after dawn to head for St. Lucia. More about that in an upcoming post.

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