Tuesday, October 21, 2014

A SOCIABLE SUNDAY

The final of the hotly contested volley ball tourney was held this Sunday morning.







It was hotly contested in more ways than one as the sand was so hot some people needed socks.




Then it was over to Whisper Cove for Sunday Brunch and some discussion as to what the luckless sailors who are currently beached in St Marten SHOULD have done.






To round off the day it was the Dinghy Concert at Le Phare Bleu.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

SNOW IN THE MOUNTAINS AND HURRICANE GONZALO IN THE CARIBBEAN

Well it has been snowing in the mountains

and Arapahoe basin in Colorado wins the race to be the first to open. First tracks will be this Friday.




October surprise or not? Most people in the northern leeward islands like St.Maarten/St.Martin, Anguilla and St.Barts, were expecting a tropical storm, instead they got a strong Category 1/2 hurricane. Unfortunately most people were not prepared for this, and apparently one man lost his life on St.Maarten. As far as I know, two more are missing (one on St.Martin and one in St.Barts).

Something like 50 boats are sunk or badly damaged and 5 to 10 light planes are damaged or unaccounted for.


But the power and water have been restored, planes are landing and St Marten is open for holiday makers again.

Just a little battered.

Monday, October 13, 2014

TALES FROM THE CARIBBEAN GOOD NEWS AND BAD NEWS

I took this from a fellow cruisers FB page. She goes for a brisk early walk most mornings sometimes on her own.

YOU KNOW YOU LIVE IN GRENADA WHEN:

You're walking down the road and the only other person in sight is a guy in his underwear swinging a machete. And this doesn't bother you at all.

Another fellow cruiser who had to return suddenly to the States on discovering she had cancer has just returned to her boat with the all clear.

A cruising couple who were in the Baja when the devastating hurricane hit have finally managed to get their boat and home refloated and are saying as far as they can see the damage is only cosmetic.

Bad news though as they confirm that Paul and Simone are definitely dead and their boat sunk. It is ironic as they were one of the few who stripped all the canvas and sails off their boat in preparation but their mistake was to stay on the boat. I knew Paul and he was working as a divemaster building up the cruising kitty.

Saturday, October 4, 2014

HOT

Yes it has been really hot the last few days. I have been out where I catch the wind so it is not too bad but the fans have been on just to make it a little cooler.

I wonder how the visitors on the first cruise ship of the season coped. Yes the magic kingdom came calling.


Trips into town require excess hydration efforts or you dehydrate. It is not often I wish for A/C on the shopping bus but if one bus had it I might move. As I write this I am thinking ' dumpkoff ' the survival anchorage bus has A/C.


We have had a few 50 knot squalls and it was with some alarm I watched a boat anchored in front drag past Elephants Child go out and reanchor in the same spot and drag past me again. Looks like a an experienced cruiser too with a big Amel.

One of the squalls had a lot of rain and it has boght down a lot of rock onto the tunnel.

This tunnel is an important part of the traffic circulation in St Georges.so until they find the money to move the rock and stabilize things it is going to be really bad at rush hour.


We have had some vivid sunsets recently, quite worthy of a Walt Disney movie but I liked the contrast in this one. The low clouds were light blue with just the tiniest hint of purple.

Sunday, September 21, 2014

A WET SUNDAY

I earned this in the Bahamas


a few years ago assisting in getting a boat off the reef that lay outside of Farmers Cay.


Well I helped someone on Friday in a tropical downpour and so far no thanks, no T shirt, no bottle of rum, ho hum I guess I will just have to view it as positive karma.

I was on the internet early on Sat as I know some people who were sitting out hurricane Odile


on their boats in Baja Mexico. Zeehag and Bubba the boat cat made it through OK but Pail and his girlfriend are missing and it is not sounding good.

I am amazed that people do take the most elementary of precautions to safeguard their boats, leaving the headsail up is so foolish.


Dizzy is pissed of with me as I have been off the boat a lot the last few days.

I think he wants to come too but has not plucked up the courage to get in the dink when it is in the water.

A final thought for the day, did you know that Arizona has a ' stupid drivers law '?
If you drive into a flood and have to get rescued you owe for the full cost of the rescue.

Friday, September 12, 2014

JUST ANOTHER DAY SHOPPING FOR STUFF IN THE CARIBBEAN

Friday is my day for shopping. The ship from the USA arrives on Thursday and the shelf fillers are hard at it of Friday. Well something ' done mash up ' at the docks

so this is what the shelves looked like.

Ho Hum.

The hardware store was my next stop as I needed a new deck scrubbing brush with a handle. Well they had brush heads and they had handles; it is a shame they did not match up.

Ho Hum.

On to the next hardware store. They had handles of a totally different type but no heads at all.

Next stop the post office where I spend 40 minutes waiting while they look for my parcel. No luck. They say they have it ... somewhere.

My final stop is the litte bake shop who do the best spicy beef patties, yes you've guessed it.

Saturday, September 6, 2014

NO CHANCE OF ROMANCE THIS WEEK

Sunday it was raining but the wifi was good so I entered for an online Pot Limit Omaha tournament, PLO as I have grown a little bored with No Limit Holdem, I don't win but do make the final table so well into the money.

Monday the sun was shining so I dink round to Secret Harbor for the Cruisers poker tournament and win that. That evening flushed with success enter a single table tournament and win that. I am HOT.

So I am not even going to try to sweet talk any ladies this week.

I have not bothered snorkeling for a week or two as the swell has been rolling in on the reefs and there would be very poor viz. but it has been down for a day so I go out and try one of the outer reefs.

Conditions were excellent except I kept getting photobombed by this parrot fish that followed me around.

Not sure about the turtle, it might have been a Ridley [rare] or a Green [not rare].