Wednesday, September 28, 2016

THREAT HAS GONE NORTH

Back down to DEFCON 1 and getting ready to give the decks and bimini a scrub down as we should get some serious rain.

Despite it being clear that Grenada was going to be on the Southern edge of the storm should it finally develop the Grenadian crisis management team have shut the schools, cut off piped water supplies and may cut off electricity. I suppose they might be worried about flooding and landslips but it seems like an over reaction to me.

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

DEFCON 3 AND HOLDING

All the spaghetti models are now showing it trending further North and all Grenada will get is some heavy rain showers and the usual veering wind pattern.

Trini bugout on hold for the moment.

Sunday, September 25, 2016

DECLARING DEVCON 3 AND LIKELY GOING TO 4 ON MONDAY

Invest 97 L is developing and will blow through Grenada on Wednesday afternoon and overnight. it looks like it will be a rotating storm of some description when it hits Grenada.

My current thinking is to go South to Trinidad on Monday night.

But some of the spaghetti models are showing it hitting Trinidad.

Saturday, September 24, 2016

DEFCON 2

There is a large disturbed area heading for Grenada. If it develops rotation it will swing North but there is some suggestion that it will be slow to develop and may hit somewhere around Carriacou as a developing storm on Wednesday.

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

CURSE YOU LISA AND KARL

The last month has seen a procession of tropical depressions, storms and hurricanes firing across the Atlantic from the Cape Verdes. The good news is they have all gone well North of Grenada. The bad news is the large swells they produce has kept a high surf running most of the time.

In part I like this as I find the sound of the surf on the reef to be restful and helps me sleep.

But it really reduces the visibility when snorkeling. It was down to 6 ft or less when I last gave my prop a scrape.

I usually like traditional boats and a 3 masted barquantine qualifies as traditional



but this is not pretty.

WEEKLY SHOPPING TRIP


The flame trees are still in blossom.




Pretty little cat of a fellow cruisers boat.





Speaking of cats mine has found a new ambush spot

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

WE BLOW A GASKET

My pressure cooker gets a fair bit of use and has been with me for 10 years now.
I was surprised to see the gasket blow but was not too worried as I had a spare. But on close examination I decided to retire the pot and buy another.

Back from shopping Dizzy greets me
and as I open the hatch by removing the washboards he heads down below to carry on playing with the paper and poly bags he rescues from the trash.
After rearranging it to his satisfaction he does his ' Mr Elegance ' impression and has a cat nap.



Some cruisers march to the beat of a different drum. No average white plastic boat with it's easily handled cutter rig and roller furlers. No a traditional gaffer with a wooden hull and tanbark sails. Even his tender is wood and powered by sail.



Still we share the same sunset at sundowner time.

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

BACK TO DEFCON 1

My bottom is clean and the prop well scraped but scare 1 has fizzled out in the middle of the Atlantic.

Scare two is keeping it's powder dry while wetting the Northern islands and may be a threat to the Bahamas.

Scare three is frightening fish in the mid Atlantic.