Friday, July 25, 2014

Tyrell Bay Carriacou

I had forgotten what it can be like sailing in gentle winds. For the last few months it seems to have been blowing 20 - 25 knots on every passage. Today for the short hop down to Tyrell Bay




it was a gentle 8 -10 knots and we were sailing upright and chuckling along gently through a sea of sargassum weed.


I tossed a line over and was expecting a Mahi Mahi if anything as we were doing 6 knots but had a hit withing minutes and it was some kind of tuna or bonito.





I took these pics leaving Bequia as I passed the little islands with passes between them that the locals use.


This guy choosing one and getting it right.



This skipper getting it wrong.


Speaking of skippers getting it wrong, This one was trying to shoehorn a

megayacht into Clifton harbor but wisely took it and it's jet skis off to palm Island.




The water down here in Tyrell Bay Carriacou is pretty clear so Dizzy likes to sit on the back steps and watch the fish that congregate under the stern of Elephants Child.


The storm out in the Atlantic that I had been keeping an eye on did dissipate as forecast but it still bought with the disturbed weather a big thunderstorm which woke me up in the middle of the night and had me on anchor watch as 40 knot gusts ripped through Tyrell Bay. Elephants Child did not drag nor did anyone upwind of us but there was shouting and reanchoring elsewhere in Tyrell Bay. Blue skies and gentle winds are back this morning and Dizzy is stuffed full of bonito.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

UNION ISLAND

Easy sail down holding the wind from pulling the anchor with the main up until outside the entrance to the anchorage at Clifton.

Had the usual problem on entry with the boat boy wanting to rent me a mooring buoy. This one was unusually persistent, telling me the holding was bad, the bottom hard, wrecks to tangle my anchor, it would be rough in my chosen anchorage spot and finally that he had a mooring where I was lying. So he did with the ball 6 feet under water!

Will make the short hop to Tyrell Bay Carriacou this afternoon.

Pics when I get a better connection. HotHotHotSpot sucks.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

GREEN SNOW WHIRLY THINGS and OFF TO UNION ISLAND

I went to bed and as is my usual habit I picked up my pillow and turned it over. Green snowflakes fell from my pillow to my bed. It was late and I had been setting the world to rights over a Dark and Stormy so it took me a moment or two to figure out that




Dizzy and found his swim noodle and was destroying it.






The first mid Atlantic storm of the year has been born but NOAA forecasts that it will dissipate before reaching the islands on Thursday. Still I am glad that I am off to Union Island today so that if it grows instead of dissipating as forecast the mangroves in Carriacou which are the best local hurricane hole are only a couple of hours away.

Thursday, July 17, 2014

NEW DODGER IS FINISHED


Chris puts the finishing touches to my new dodger with the aid of her husband.


Chris is the charming German lady who runs Bequia Canvas and does excellent work at a very reasonable price.


I was tempted to go for black or navy blue Sunbrella but am glad I stayed with the white. It will show the dirt and mould but I can always wash it and reproof if necessary.


Dizzy says "Daddy I can see through this, much better!"

A few more days just hanging out in Bequia and hoping I have escaped the joint pain from chiken gunge before I head down to Carriacou for the regatta. Local boats like Confusion and Braveheart have been out working up for the races and planning how to beat the local favorite Skyler.

Sunday, July 13, 2014

LORD NELSON CHIKUNGUNYA and MR GOOGLE CREEPS ME OUT

I am having a good time down here around Bequia and St Vincent. while I wait for my spiffy new dodger to be finished. I sailed back to Elizabeth Harbor for a trial fit yesterday and it is looking good. Neater than the last one and of course I can see through the glass.
I met some interesting you people who were wandering around some of the out of the way spots on Bequia. They were off the Jubilee Sailing Trust vessel the Lord Nelson. What makes this tall ship special is it is adapted for handicapped people and they take an active part in sailing the ship. I had seen her before and watched some one who was legless being hoisted up a mast in a bosuns chair. After working their way right into the dock they tied up alongside which made goisg ashore easier for those with wheels.

I have had the first phase of chikungunya and am waiting to see how bad the second phase will be, the joint pains which have been crippling for some people. Most people on the island of Bequia have had it and I wonder about it being only caught from mosquito bites.
The beach patrols for turtle hatches are just about over now so I will be staying here in the harbor until the dodger is done then heading down to Carriacou for the regatta which starts on July 27th. so plenty of time for diversions en route.

I had one diversion this morning which I found creepy. Mr Google wished me happy birthday.

Big Google is watching me. Should I feel paranoid. I am sure I did not give him my correct birthday, I never do when reistering for sites.

Sunday, July 6, 2014

.CHIKUNGUNJA STRONG WINDS and A NEW BOAT

I have been in Bequia waiting for Chris who does my canvas work to finish the new dodger. She has had chikungunya which is epidemic in the Caribbean just now. She has had the crippling joint pain that some people get and Is finding it hard to work so progress is slow. Unfortunately despite me staying in remote spots away from people and the internet, slathering on the mosquito repellant I think I am starting it too. Was very hot and shaky last night.

One of the things I have been doing is monitoring a couple of leatherback nesting sites and I was lucky enough to see a big hatch when three nests all hatched within an hour. Even though I have seen it before I still marvel how these tiny hatchlings can escape from the nest digging themselves out from 2 feet down then finding the sea all on instinct. I counted 197 new lives.

We had a couple of days of reinforced trade winds and three big old steel boats dragged out of the anchorage.
Two are currently in commission so it was no surprise to see them motoring back in but the third
has not moved for several years and I was expecting to hear them call for a tow. However back they came and not too smoky either. I don't know if they were on a mooring or at anchor but their winch is working and they got back in and anchored up only to have to repeat the process twice more that day.
The locals build a local design of boats the world famous Bequia double ender. It is a major investment for anyone and I was surprized to see a new boat on the beach. It turns out it was built under the supervision of Andy who runs the sailing school but the money came from a cruising yottie who has settled in Bequia at least part time.
The strong winds have subsided and we have had days when Dizzy Sox can see fish all around the boat. He gets into wiggle bottom attack mode and I keep thinking don't jump Dizzy!

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Chikungunya New Dodger and Who Screwed the Pooch [ $10 million ]

I have been hearing reports of this chikungunya disease but it has suddenly become an epidemic out in the Eastern Caribbean.

These figures below will be well under true totals because people know that all you can do is go to bed, stay hydrated, and take painkillers.

The number of chikungunya cases in parts of the Caribbean continued to surge last week, pushing past 170,000 cases, with the first cases confirmed in El Salvador, west of the main outbreak area, and more imported cases detected in the United States and other countries.

The outbreak has grown to 170,566 suspected or confirmed cases of the mosquito-borne disease, which is 35,139 higher than the 135,427 cases reported the previous week, according to a Jun 13 report from the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO). The number of deaths remained the same, at 14.

Chris who is going to make my new dodger has had it as have all her family. She has been unable to work for more than two weeks as her hands were seized up and it was difficult for her to even get out of bed. The new dodger is overdue but I should get it done here in Bequia.

WHO SCREWED THE POOCH?

This brand new mobo which was to be the home for the owner as he took a year away from his business to motor it around the world was launched by the builders New World Yacht Builders in Anacortes.

Someone got their stability calculations wrong, yup they screwed the pooch.

GOING



GOING



GONE


There is an unconfirmed report from one of the workers involved in salvaging the vessel who said something along the lines of ;-

We got her upright pumped her out but as soon as we relaxed the tension on the slings she started to turn turtle again.

OOPS

I wonder who owns the boat at this point? I bet lawyers are studying the fine print of the contract at this moment in time.

Apparently one of the common clauses requires the boat to be afloat after launch. Well did it sink?

Re my previous WHO SCREWED THE POOCH at Park City I read that the judge may decide tomorrow if the current owners of the ski lifts at Park City who do not own the land on which they are built have to leave the land.

In which case the current owners are of the lifts are threatening to dismantle them and take them away.

A good old fixtures and fittings dispute.

Some very deep pockets and very big egos are involved.