An account of the wanderings of Perry, Captain of ALEXANDRA, a 31' Cape Dory cutter rigged sailboat.
Saturday, September 18, 2010
Afloat in Grenada
My apologies for not updating in so long. I suppose you could say I've been having mixed feelings about this voyage, and that didn't put me in a updating mood. Right now I'm in Prickly Bay, Grenada. I've lived on the boat for 7 months now, and I've completed the Caribbean islands. The steering gear arrives next week, so I'll be spending a few days soon getting that installed. My end goal of moving to Japan by June still stands, but the plan for between now and then has changed; As much as I'd love to see Pategonia, I don't think I'll be going any further South than Venezuela. I've had near constant problems with the boat and equipment, which have drained my savings quicker then I'd hoped. On top of that, the safety concerns are large for a single-handed sailor going to South American countries, and I'm talking about crime in the ports. The research I've done on the ports has been pretty dismal about personal safety for boaters. Anyway, it doesn't change much; I'm still living on the boat over the winter and getting to choose where I want to go. I can't say I've been impressed at all with Grenada, there's not much here. But I loved the Grenadines. The trip south from St Lucia was pretty uneventful. I stopped and anchored for one night in St. Vincent, only went ashore to walk the dog, and continued on to Bequia the next day. My favorite Grenadine Island was Mayreau (see photos). You can hike one side to the other in 30 minutes, but they had a gorgeous protected little bay on the north end, great views, and even an internet cafe. On the windward side of the island are the Tobago Keys, famous for their turtles and shallow reefs.
A Charleston, SC native, Perry graduated from The Citadel (The Military College of S.C.) in 2005. He spent 4.5 years as a Naval Officer operating out of Florida and Virginia. In 2007 aboard the USS Arleigh Burke he deployed to the Persian Gulf in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom and spent several weeks off the coast of Somalia conducting Anti-Piracy operations. 4 months before leaving the Navy he bought a 31' sailboat and began to prepare her for a great adventure; a sail from Virginia to South America and back by way of the Bahamian and Caribbean Islands. This blog picks up at the beginning of that journey. Perry is currently preparing to find a job, sell the boat, and make a move to Japan by summer 2011.