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Last update September 01 2013
It's regatta time in Carriacou, the days are full of activities in the water and on land.
On August 2nd we helped with the auction and sale of second hand boat stuff for the Carriacou Children Foundation. Together with Sam we runned the Dutch corner. This year we got a record in our corner, we sold for EC $ 1,250, - and proud we left the building. Time for some more event planning.
Our group without John, he had a flu, took a bus to Hillsborough for the local regatta. It was crowded, but then unexpectedly we were invited on a motorboat by friends of Lisa. We had great fun. Days later people were still talking about our adventures (and John knew exactly what he missed). Once back on land there was an exotic dance competition. The ladies shaked their ass. The buttocks can be moved independently and the men in our group had the day of there live. What a spectacle, the winner was Miss Carriacou.
After all the partying, JoHo was lifted on land on Aug 6th, the underwater part needed a new anti-fouling. We decided not to do this in Trinidad but here in Tyrrel Bay in Carriacou for price and conditions. Most of the work is done by the boat yard, John's main task was reparing the rudder. Within 5 days JoHo is back in the water and we are very happy. Thanks to SY Pipe muh Bligh and SY Ke Ola Kai we didn't have to cook. Thank you guys for helping us out.
We left Tyrrel Bay on august 10th and were invited on Lisa's Birthday breakfast the next day. We had a typical american breakfast with sausage, a kind of pancakes, egg and champagne. Cheers Lisa.
After this breakfast we moved our boats to the anchorage at St George.
In the evening we celebrated a little more on board SY Pipe Muh Bligh. Everyone brought something to eat and drink. We had great Fun.
Monday morning august 12th, at 5 pm in the morning, today starts Carnival in Grenada. John remained aboard, exhausted of the work so short after that flu. I went with Rene, Stacy, Lisa and Dave to the Jab Jab Mas. This is a parade to celebrate the end of the slavery. The Local population is covered in waste oil and broken chains. The atmosphere was good. Upon returning aboard JoHo I was banished into the sea, first I had the clean my body, get rid of all the oil and paint before the captain allowed me aboard...
In the afternoon we went to the Big Parade and in the evening we experienced the Jump up parade. This light parade started around 23:20 with live music. Everyone jumped, sang and moved with luminous items to the music. Very impressive. The next day we partied again the whole day. After this we needed some time to recover.
We moved south again on August 17th and throwed our anchor out in Prickly Bay. After a few restless days at anchor because of a south wind -JoHo rolled nonstop and we almost hit the water with our toerail, I was seasick at anchor but a seasickpil helped- it was time to move to a quiet anchorage.
Mount Hartman Bay is the place to be to sand and paint the topsides of JoHo. The water is quiet here, John will use our dinghy to do the work. This will take a while.
Meanwhile, we won't work all day every day and as hashing is a populairen activity in Grenada we wanted to experience that. Whole groups of, students, locals and cruisers go for a hike somewhere on the island. On Saturday, August 24th we did our first Hash together with Rene and Stacy.
There are three possibilities: bambi (easy), medium (average) and the run (the whole trajekt running). After the first mountain, you make the decision. We did the medium. It is quite a tough walk, a lot of climbing but fortunately there is also a flat part. The atmosphere is super, everyone talks to each other and shares memories about other hashes and in the end cool drinks and into the cool seawater. It was hard work, but we loved it.
It's already end of the month, the painting job on JoHo is almost finished, still some boat jobs to do. We see what the next month will bring.
I finished a special photobook, about our travels 10 years JoHo's travel from 2001 to 2011.
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JoHo is on anchor in Mount Hartman Bay, Grenada at 12°00'1 N - 61°45'1 W.
Sailing the Caribbean mainly. As poor
JoHo has been neglected somewhat lately, we are looking for a place to haul out and get some jobs done.
Our floating home and office is always ready for us to work for ourselves as writers and editors compiling cruising guides on our way.
We'll see how things will run, life's too complicated to plan anyways. Live life to the max, it can be over before you know it is our slogan.
John and Jolanda