Laying a Course for St. George’s

As soon as we clear the Sisters, we’re able to lay a direct course for the northwest corner of Grenada, one that puts us off the wind and gives us a more comfortable, faster ride south. 
We slide rapidly past the western shores finding the island shrouded in a dense mix of clouds and rain. These showers somehow stay right over the island, and as we draw closer, the temperature gradually drops and winds increase just slightly. I believe we’re experiencing one of the island lows that van Sant talks about in the weather section of his book, “Passages South.” The wind clocks even more behind us as we continue south. The entire island is a dark lush green indicating that plenty of rain has fallen this year. We expect to find crops and fruits in abundance, and so we do.

 Four Miles West of the Sisters Lies Kick em Jenny Volcano
Four Miles West of the Sisters Lies Kick em Jenny Volcano

Buildings soon dot the hillsides, then become more closely clustered as we spy cruise ship docks in the distance.
Grenada's Western Shore
Grenada’s Western Shore

We realize we’re approaching St. George’s and begin preparations for approaching the harbor. I release the offshore lashings on the anchor, raise the lazy jacks, ease the main and roll up the Genoa. Just as the harbor buoys come into sight we round up and drop the main into the cradle formed by our lazy jack system, one I built myself for less than $75. We’d read that there was plenty of anchoring space in the yacht harbor and thought that a few days here would be nice as plenty of services are readily available. It’s amazing how quickly cruising guides become outdated.
St George's Lagoon
St George’s Lagoon

As soon as we pulled into the lagoon, we realized there was no room to anchor anywhere. The two marinas had been expanded taking up every available square foot of the lagoon except for the fairway down the middle. A tiny bit of space at the very inner end of the lagoon was occupied by a few local boats moored bow and stern. Disappointed, yes; surprised – not really. 

Everything in the islands is changing too quickly, not the least of which is the security issue. Issues with security are never ending everywhere, not just in the islands, but as cruisers, we keep hoping for at least a somewhat improved system of dealing with problems when they arise. After all, people get frightened easily, and these islands depend on the boating industry. They can’t take a laissez faire attitude towards crime. 

But, let’s move on, outside the lagoon as night is drawing nigh, and we need a safe place to anchor.

Swing Down to the South Shore