Saturday, September 17, 2011

A Weeks Worth of Weather

For weeks maybe even months we have had settled weather in Grenada. Occasionally it gets a bit rolly in Prickly Bay which lays open to the south. But for the most part we have had fairly benign weather; the odd squall with no more than 20kts or winds from funny directions, but nothing untoward. That was until this last week. We moved Alianna around to Saga Bay on the east of Hog Island in Clarks Court Bay. It’s quiet and peaceful, the water is flat and calm and pleasant to swim in, unlike the constant chop in Prickly Bay. We had amazing skies as the sun sets in the afternoon and a beautiful full moon at night. We had a morning up the mast when the seas were flat to re attach the lazy jacks (the lines that collect the sail when it falls) and to do a quick rig check.

Irie were in the bay with us and we had a nice breakfast together on Sunday, cooked by Sim who was showing them how the English did it (albeit a century ago). His menu included deviled kidneys (taken from the menu of the Titantic), black pudding, sausage, tomato, fried bread and pork jowls for a touch of something local. That’s pig cheeks to the rest of us! Despite the gruesome sound of the menu it actually tasted good even though it’s classic heart attack on a plate!! A few days later Irie had us over for dinner for a pasta and meatballs extravaganza which not only had huge tasty meatballs but several different types of whole sausages! Yummy- it was my kind of meal.

Then on Monday it rained like it had never rained before. Torrential amounts of water. It seeped in the windows and through cracks. It poured so much that because we had the dinghy lifted to one side, Alianna was heeled over slightly, our deep scuppers couldn’t cope with the overflow and water came gushing over the starboard side of the boat. Our water tanks were full and bursting at the seams. And still it continued to rain. We hadn’t seen rain like that in quite some time. Then we had the funky westerly winds which caused no bother to us in our cozy and protected bay. But at the same time a north swell arrived and we heard that boats where pitching wildly in St Georges while some even sank in the neighbouring island of Carriacou and Bequia. And finally yesterday when we were ready to hit civilization again we moved Alianna back around to Prickly Bay. But only just in the nick of time. A front passed over Grenada with strong gusty winds. Boats were pulling hard on their anchors, wind generators where howling and halyards banging. The VHF crackled into life as boats dragged anchor, people needed help, people warning others that unattended boats were dragging across the bay. For nearly 2 hours the radio was alive with allsorts of information and misinformation and the wind carried on howling – gusting 40kts and boats kept dragging. Some re anchoring while others went aground. It’s a scary feeling to have a force against you that can move your whole home against your will; especially at night while trying to avoid crashing into other boats or even worse rocks. Finally the wind abated and we had a settled and peaceful nights sleep grateful that our anchor held and in sympathy for those that didn’t.

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