Just One Night in Canouan

Not long after we anchored this Mason 43 pulled into the harbor and began circling in search of a good anchoring location. They ended up off our port side a ways, and once they were settled in I gave a call on the VHF to see who they were, where they were headed – the usual cruiser chit-chat. We became friends with Greg and Elina on Sapphire, at first only via the VHF radio as we caught up with each other here and there along the way south. They were impressed that I knew their boat was a Mason 43 even from a distance, and Elina said, you sure know your Masons! I told her I’d had the privilege of delivering a sister-ship, a Mason 44, from Annapolis to St. Petersburg, FL the previous year, and was very familiar with the Mason line.

Sapphire, a Beautiful Mason 43
Sapphire, a Beautiful Mason 43

Charlestown Bay is home to a Moorings charter boat fleet as well as a catamaran company I don’t recall. We purposely anchored as far away from these boats as possible as it’s much more pleasant watching their antics from a distance rather than close up. We never anchor behind a charter boat, unless it is sitting on its home mooring. Lesson to the wise.
Moorings Charter Boats
Moorings Charter Boats

We planned simply an overnight stay before moving on to the Tobago Cays where I hoped to do some diving, snorkeling, and exploring in the dinghy. TobagoCays
It’s only a short run down to the Tobago Cays, but with the heavy wind, it would prove to be a busy navigational exercise winding through the reef strewn entrance as you can see in the chartlet off to the left. It would be down-wind sailing until we turned the corner north of Mayreau island, and by that time, I planned to roll in the Genoa to reduce our speed a bit, and if necessary, fall back just to the engine. As it was, the main was too much and our speed too great touching 8 knots, much too fast entering a passage with coral heads and reefs all around. So we lowered the main shortly after making the corner. 

To Tobago Cays