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Boatbuilders and Bommies in the Southern Grenadines

Petite Martinique, or PM, is part of Grenada but separated by a narrow stretch of water from the most southerly dependency of St. Vincent and the Grenadines (SVG), Petit St. Vincent, or PSV as it is colloquially known. The two small islands are very different and well protected by a single barrier reef lying to the east of the islands and the dividing channel. PM is quiet. It has a sleepy, local feel and an active fleet of Tunamen. The fishermen are away for a week at a time into the deeper Atlantic waters east of the island. Along with boatbuilding and seafaring, this is the main source of income for the 900 or so islanders. Accessible only by boat with a small ferry linking to Carriacou a

Archipelago Adventure Starts in Carriacou

The 18 hour sail downwind from Barbados was rolly. A cross swell and relatively light wind meant less is more when it comes to sail area. We settled on just the Yankee, fully out and tight into the whisker pole. This minimized the clank of a boom and the luffing of sails as Moana inevitably rolled her way forwards. A steady 6 to 7.5 knots over the ground was enough to ensure that we made comfortable progress, but didn’t arrive too early in Carriacou and be faced with landfall before dawn. The thousands of metres of depth in the Caribbean Sea quickly became around 30 to 40 metres as far out as 30nm from land. The archipelago of beautiful small islands from Carriacou up to St Vincent sit on a

Family, Cricket, Lobsters and Jazz

Dad and Jude were staying in the Southern Part of Barbados. Unfortunately it isn’t possible to anchor, even for a short stay, south of Bridgetown. So we met up at the Carlisle Bay anchorage and moved Moana into Bridgetown Harbour. On the way we passed the old Blackwood Screw Dock, a marvel of Victorian engineering, through the lifting bridge, and into the Inner Basin (Old Careenage) right in the centre of Bridgetown. We were the only visiting yacht and alone once inside the bridge. The stern-to mooring had old barnacled buoys and a surge which made it a little uncomfortable overnight, but what a setting. We were now backing directly on to Independence Square and the towering statue of Errol

Jewel in The Atlantic

We are really looking forward to seeing Dad, Jude, Matthew, Clare, Nate and 10 week old Casper. It was a tough 16 hour overnight beat into the Trades to Barbados. 30-40kt winds for over 2 hours, and an average of 25kts, made it a lively sail to say the least. Freddie still managed a good nights sleep! At around 100nm away from the nearest other island in the Lesser Antilles, Barbados is strictly an 'Atlantic' Island rather than a part of the Windward chain. 21 miles long by 14 miles wide and home to nearly 300,000 people it has a high population density. Tourism is a fine art here but underneath the facade this is an island with a unique and facinating history and home to the friendliest peo

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