We celebrated 4th of July here in
with a few dozen
cruisers. There was a little gathering
hosted by a bar as their grand opening.
They plan to build a marina, but so far there is just one floating dock
in place. Clarkes Court
Bay often are planned down in these
islands but never manage to be built.
This one is called Whisper Cove Marina.
It appears to have very limited water space so I don’t see how they will
have room to build much of a marina. It
is across the bay from the marina in which we are currently docked. We didn’t stay very long. As someone else said, celebrating 4th
of July outside the Marinas
just seems strange. USA
We planned to leave this marina today and move to another bay where we could clear out of customs. We hoped to leave
Grenada about 4:00
a.m. tomorrow for the passage to Trinidad. Weather predictions for tomorrow are winds at
20 knots and seas of 8-feet at 7 second intervals. All the other cruisers who want to go to Trinidad are planning to wait for better weather, but we
felt comfortable with that prediction for this passage. We even paid our marina bill and cast off the
dock lines – were really looking forward to sailing again.
But as soon as we backed out of our slip, the trouble started.
The boat backed out okay; but when put into forward gear, not much happened. Bill thought for a moment that we might have to drop the anchor to stop our backward motion and to keep us off the rocks. But Bill powered down in forward gear (red lined it) and the boat barely inched forward. He managed to make a circle using the bow thruster and we docked again; this time at the end of the main T-dock.
Obviously the auto-prop is fouled. Probably has barnacles growing on it since we have not moved in a month. Or maybe the prop is fouled by the awning bungee strap that Bill dropped overboard last week. A diver is supposed to come out tomorrow and check it out. We are really hoping that it is something simple like the bungee cord or marine growth; that can be solved by a diver in the water. If it is a more serious problem, then we must manage to get to a travel lift and have the boat hauled again. The prop cannot be removed while the boat is in the water. Removing that auto-prop is a tough job. Not at all sure that we could even get out of this bay without good forward power, as the entrance is a narrow space between reefs and dead into the 20 knot wind and waves. We are keeping our fingers crossed that this is an easy fix by the diver.
While at the 4th of July celebration, we met up with another couple that we had met way back in St. Kitts. We learned from them that the volcano on
Montserrat erupted again just 4 days after Bill and I
toured in the restricted zone. We were
there on May 16 and it erupted on May 20.
It threw up so much ash that airline flights were cancelled as far north
as Puerto Rico. Glad it didn’t happen while we were
there. Then, it erupted again in
June. Here is a news article about the
May 20 eruption:
MVO reported that on the morning of 20 May a major lava-dome collapse at Soufriére Hills occurred over a time period of less than three hours. Approximately 90 million cubic meters of the lava dome material was shed from the summit leaving a broad, deep, eastward-sloping crater. Pyroclastic flows traveled E down the
and were estimated to extend out to 3 km over the sea. Lahars due to excessive rain were produced NW in
the Tar River Valley ,
N in the Trants area, and to the NE. An ash cloud reached 16.8 km (55,000 ft) a.s.l. by 0740, the highest reported ash cloud
during the 10 years of the eruption, and traveled NW. Lithics (average size of
3.5 cm across) fell NW of the volcano. On 21 May, ash and mud fell on the
northern parts of the island. Prior to the lava-dome collapse, during 12 May
and 19 May, lava extrusion had continued. Belham River Valley
VAAC reported that the ash plume from the 20 May
dome collapse initiated at approximately 0700. On 21 May, the remnant ash cloud
from 20 May was at a height of ~11.3 km (37,000 ft) a.s.l. along the northern
coast of South America and the Washington Southern . An ash cloud at a height of
~7 km (23,000 ft) a.s.l. extended S of Puerto Rico and the Caribbean . According to
news reports, the ash cloud on 20 May forced the suspension of some
international flights in areas of the Dominican Republic through 21 May. On 22 May,
multi-spectral imagery indicated that an ash plume at a height of ~3 km (10,000
ft) a.s.l. extended over the islands of Anguilla, Caribbean St.
Martin, and St. Kitts. On 23 May, a thin ash plume was visible on
satellite imagery and moved WNW.