7 June May 2018 Prickly Bay, Grenada
The anchorage is in a gap between the island and the mainland and the wind really whistles through the channel, so we had a restless night. After breakfast, we upped anchor and moved further into the harbour to Benji Bay. Most of the bay is covered by moorings belonging to the small boat yard ashore, so we picked a spot just outside the mooring field at 12°00.32N 061°43.81W in 11 metres - it’s good holding and we’re much better protected from the howling wind.
We had a quiet day pottering about. I did some more genealogy and found to my horror that my ancestors on my mother’s father’s side come from the Yorkshire Dales. (I was born in Lancashire and the War of the Roses against the hated Yorkshire men is not easily forgotten - even though it occurred in 1455…)
8 June May 2018 Prickly Bay, Grenada
We pottered about in the morning getting the boat ready to start on some more maintenance. The front cabin has been converted back into a workshop ready to do some varnishing and I reviewed my to-do list, pushing back some jobs until we get to Trinidad in two weeks’ time.
In the afternoon, we went for a look around the harbour. There’s a small marina called Whisper Cove, which is owned by a French couple, who normally sell freshly baked bread and very good cuts of meat, but they’ve just closed for a holiday because it’s the low season.
We popped into Woburn where there’s a sturdy dinghy dock and we can get a mini-bus into St Georges. Woburn is a sleepy little village with goats wandering about, but there’s a rum bar called Nimrod’s and Taffy’s restaurant run by British couple who do a Sunday roast lunch with Yorkshire Pudding, so we might indulge this coming Sunday.
Over in the north-west corner of the bay, there now a huge boat yard called Clarkes Court Marina. It used to be a sleepy little boatyard, but four years ago they invested loads of money and it now houses hundreds of boats on the hard with a massive travel lift. We met Nils, who used run St David boatyard and he told us that they are massively oversubscribed and are busy extending their hard stand.
9 June May 2018 Prickly Bay, Grenada
We had a day of jobs. Glenys sanded down various removable fittings and then varnished them. I worked on the teak on the aft coach roof. We had most of the teak deck replaced in Thailand, but the aft coach roof is a low wear area, so it’s still the original deck with screws. Over the past three years, some of the teak plugs covering the screws had popped out, so I replaced them.
It’s a straightforward job. I removed the screws; deepened the holes; put the screws back in with a touch of sealant; and then knocked in some new teak plugs with some epoxy to hold them in place. There were only a dozen or so, but it still took a couple of hours. The rest of my day was spent on small jobs and helping Glenys with the varnishing.
10 June May 2018 Prickly Bay, Grenada
It’s a Sunday, so we had a relaxed day. In the morning, we finished off a few small jobs - putting on a second coat of varnish. We then went over to Taffy’s bar for a traditional English Sunday Lunch - Roast Pork, Mashed Potatoes, vegetables, Yorkshire Pudding and lashings of gravy. All washed down with a few cold beers of course.
Later in the afternoon, we zipped over to Hog Island where we went for a walk before having another cold beer at Roger’s Bar. There was quite a gathering of tourists and yachties at the bar - Sunday is a regular event. Roger has been serving beer and food on the island for years - we first met him in 1993. He used to be a happy Rasta, but the joy has gone out of him and he’s now a jaded bar owner.
After our extensive lunch, we were feeling a little weary of drinking, so we sloped off before the band started - perhaps we’ll go back next week.
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