|Finesse on shore power|
Up and at 'em early today for a big sail to Grenada. After a quick delicious breakfast of grilled cheese sandwiches and coffee, we were underway. It is about 35 miles to Dragon Bay, Grenada (where we were heading) and it was going to take some time to get there. The winds were good - at times reaching 7.3 knots. It took us about 6 hours 'door-to-door'. From there we proceeded to St. Louis marina.
|St. George's Harbour, St. George, Grenada|
|Lots of these beauties about|
While I do enjoy most aspects of sailing - being on the water, the wind, the smell of the ocean, no cars, the fresh fish - I do miss creature comforts (aka A/C). So, when we had the chance for a stop at the marina at St. Louis, we took advantage. We looked through our sailing guide and found a marina in the port. We called ahead and they had a slip available - great! While we were entering the harbour (which can be very busy cruise ships, cargo ships and the like), a small boat came speeding towards us carrying a handsome young sailor. He said he was from Moorings and would we like some assistance? Sure! As I mentioned, it was very windy and the offer of assistance was welcome. Also a nice bonus was that since we had chartered from Moorings, there was no fee to stay for the night - sweet. What did this mean for us? Shore Power - ahhhhhh.
As soon as we got out of the wind, the sweltering temperatures returned. We backed into our slip and the guys from Moorings quickly started getting us hooked up to shore power and water. Within a short time, while we watched, the power was hooked up and the air conditioning turned on. As much pleasure as I get from food, it rivals my delight in cool air. Needless to say, I needed a quiet moment alone in our berth - just to make sure that everything was working!
After a quick break, we changed and headed to the pool for some refreshment and a swim. The Port Louis Marina is a beautiful spot. It is also the base for Sun Sail and Moorings Charters. The area is kept very clean and neat. It was also very interesting walking by all the big expensive boats that dwarfed ours. The showers and toilets were great - I did appreciate standing under a steady stream of water without worrying about running out. Also sitting on a stable toilet should not be underestimated. Have you tried recently to use the toilet while the boat is heeling at a 45 degree angle whilst pounding the waves at 9 knots?
That evening we enjoyed a diverse and interesting dinner at Patrick's Restaurant - Local Homestyle Cooking. For a reasonable price (60 EC per person), we took a culinary tour of Grenada. Patrick's offers a 20-course (yes, 20) tasting menu of Grenadian delights. I did take pictures of the food, but following my own rule regarding the posting of ill-lit pictures, I'll spare you. Rest assured, most of the dishes were pretty good - the ones that weren't were not the fault of the restaurant, rather my own occasionally fussy palette.
Here is a list of the dishes that we enjoyed: Callaloo Soup, Tossed Salad w/ Dressing, Green Banana Salad*, Roasted Breadfruit with Parmesan, Fish Cakes, Chicken Salad with Celery, Cherry Tomatoes stuffed w/ Sardines, Fried Plantain, Fried Okra, Crab Puffs, Crispy Eggplant*, Dasheen Fritters, Squash w/ Garlilc and Lime, Ocean Gar, Curry Goat, Green Papaya au Gratin, Stewed Octopus, Rice and Lentils, Honey Garlic Pork and Chocolate Cake (not the best cake). The dishes with the '*' were exceptional. I would go back and recommend to anyone staying in the St. George's area. Friendly staff and a great experience. One word of advice - bring some 'OFF' - the mosquitoes were hungry as well.
|At Patrick's under the canopy outside.|