A quick Tour of Tyrrel Bay

Somewhere up island I’d met a fellow cruiser who’d told me about the yacht haul out on Carriacou. He’d kept his CSY 44 there for several seasons, survived a hurricane or two with no issues, and now had his boat listed for sale. He said the rates are much less expensive than Trinidad or mainland Grenada and work quality was good. The yacht club was supposed to have a nice well stocked store, but a quick visit revealed nothing on the shelves. The proprietor of the store was very nice to me, apologizing for the empty store and said if I needed something, he’d get it for me. Since we were leaving in the morning, I thanked him, passed, then walked over to inspect the yard. The yard appeared to be a bit run down in my view, but rather than ask around, I decided I might give it another visit the next time we passed by, but for now I’m going to have to reserve judgment since we were near the end of the busy winter season.

Carriacou Yacht Club and Tyrrel Bay Yacht Haul Out
Carriacou Yacht Club and Tyrrel Bay Yacht Haul Out

Our cruising guide mentions this new marina under construction that was due to open sometime in 2007, 2008 or 9, I would guess. As you can see, in 2012, it still has a long ways to go, and my guess is that the downturn in the world’s economies may have put the brakes on this project. Perhaps we’ll see some progress in the next few years. I worry, though, that as we see more and more classy marinas blossoming in the Caribbean, anchoring rights may become restricted much like we see in the good ole USA. I’d hate to see that happen.

Tyrrel Marina Still Under Construction
Tyrrel Marina Still Under Construction

From Tyrrel Bay we pointed Ocean Angel’s bow towards mainland Grenada where our course would take us just to the east of the 1.5 km security exclusion zone for Kick Em Jenny, an active under-sea volcano. One of these days, geologists expect the volcano to erupt with a fury, and when it does, we will have a new island in the Caribbean.

Heading Towards Kick Em Jenny
Heading Towards Kick Em Jenny

For the time being, we can pass safely between Isle de Ronde and the Sisters, a course placing us about 4 km away from the volcano’s active center. Should a serious situation ever arise, you would want to stay totally outside this area. As we passed between all these smaller islands, the seas kicked up, the wind increased, and we had a boisterous ride for a few minutes through the narrow passages. 
Isle de Ronde close to Port
Isle de Ronde close to Port

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