July 2014

By Steve • • 14 Jul 2014

Friday 4th July, Chaguaramas, Trinidad

Trinidad at last!  We are here to meet our four children who are flying into Port of Spain from London on Monday afternoon.  They’ll be with us for two weeks and most importantly for my 60th birthday on 13th July.

Monday 7th July, Chaguaramus, Trinidad

British Airways performed and the kids arrived, slightly ahead of schedule, this afternoon….Arrivals

From the left, Sam, Heather, Ben and Rachel.

Thursday 10th July, Trinidad

The best thing to do when in Trinidad?  Go and see Leatherback turtles laying eggs!Leatherback

Here is Rachel with one of about ten we saw in the evening.  Each female around 80-120 eggs up to 12 times in one four month season.  They then take around three years off to regain the body weight they lost ii the process.  Only about one in a thousand hatchlings survive to maturity so its easy to see that a threatened population takes decades to recover.  Our insatiable appetite for marine resources is killing these wonderful animals by fishing nets, long lines and rubbish.

Sunday 13th July, Store Bay, Tobago

We arrived in Store Bay yesterday evening after the worst crossing we have experienced between two islands, anywhere.  Its only about 45Nm from the north coast of Trinidad and it took us 20 hours, probably the worst average speed we have achieved over a sustained period.  Into wind and into current, horrible.

Today was my 60th birthday.  Heather and I went snorkelling in the morning and whilst visibility wasn’t great we did see a lot of fish…. 60th-03

To celebrate we went for a family meal at Cafe Cocoa in Crown Point.60th-01

Here am I looking insufferably smug with my two gorgeous daughters.  Well, who wouldn’t?

The inevitable group photograph wasn’t taken by us (obviously) and the quality isn’t as good as our normal stuff.  Nevertheless, for the record…..60th-02

Some of the evening’s celebrations are a little hazy and I do remember we all had a great time.

Wednesday 16th July, Great Courland Bay, Tobago

The small town of Plymouth lies just to the north of Great Courland Bay with Fort James overlooking the anchorage.  No sooner than we had arrived and settled down a local fisherman was alongside selling us fresh Red Snapper.  We got nine for $150TT, which is about £15.  Nothing like fresh fish on the BBQ….Red-Snapper

 

Friday 18th July, Store Bay

Ben decides to try his hand at Rum Punch….Cocktail

Monday 21st July, Scotland Bay

Having said fond farewells to our children on Monday 21st we left Trinidad as fast as we reasonably could. Chaguaramus isn’t particularly pleasant as a cruising haven, the water is polluted, there is a lot of wake from passing boats and there is often little by way of a cooling breeze. Having re-stocked the larder last Tuesday morning we checked out with immigration and customs and headed around to Scotland Bay for the night.

This is a lovely sheltered anchorage on the NW corner of Trinidad, a perfect starting point for a trip north.Scotland-Bay

We left for Grenada 24 hours later leaving the anchorage about 1700. the view of Trinidad’s north coast was quite spectacular….North-coast

Landfall was made around 0730 last Wednesday morning and we were soon anchored and checked in with Grenada immigration and customs at Prickly Bay. We have been there ever since.

August’s post is here.

2 Responses

  1. Barry & Pauline

    Belated congrats on joining the club! Happy 60th Birthday!
    I should have remembered… next time I will as my little grandson had his 6th birthday on the 15th July. Iphone calendar entry coming….. where will you be this time next year I wonder?
    You are both getting browner each time we see you. Keep applying the cream… got to keep that skin looking young at your age!
    Footy season kicking off next week and LFC playing Dortmund in 20 mins time. Lots of new faces in the squad so fingers crossed this year.
    Speaking of LFC I read a very sad news article about an “Aussie” fan who died whilst in Boston for a holiday to watch all the Liverpool games in the US. Don’t know if you remember or met him but it was Barry Inder’s wife who died. He was a Mech Eng colleague in my final 2 years (I spent far too long studying!) and I emailed him my sympathies. He lives in Perth in Oz and they were celebrating her 59th birthday on the trip.
    Anyway enjoy yourselves. We are bracing ourselves for the arrival of the remnants of Hurricane Bertha but there’s not much left of her now….
    Cheers
    Barry & Pauline

  2. Marian

    Ship ahoy!!! For whatever reason, I thought of you tonight and wondered how you were faring given your advancing years:-) And, yes, I know I am slightly ahead in the aging arena – but only just. Pleased to see you looking happy… Hope it’s a regular thing and not just for the cameras! Where are you guys now? Landlubber me is still in Arisaig – came back about 10 years ago and can’t see me leaving again. It’s like a bungee cord attached to one’s ankle and it springs into action if one is away too long:-) Mine has perished now … but that’s OK as I don’t think I’ll need it again:-) Would be cool to hear from you sometime. Cheers, Marian

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