Well folks, it has finally been confirmed that Gavin, Léna and myself will be heading South down the Caribbean chain for this years hurricane season. Around 5th August we will be setting sail on a Voyage 58.ft. catamaran down the Windward Leeward islands and hopefully out of the hurricane path. We are so excited to be taking our maiden voyage as a family on a 500 mile passage to Grenada. Our route will be direct and should take us between 48-56 hours non stop.
The plan is to head straight to Grenada, find our feet, get to know the area a little, find a nice anchorage and be in a good position should a hurricane appear. We have been told we can hang around anywhere south of St Lucia and down to as far as Trinidad and Tobago.
We are so lucky to be able to get one of the boats in our fleet and get a taste of what life as a live aboard family will be really like. There will be 4 boats in total from the Voyage fleet heading down, so it will be great to have more crew to hang out with in Grenada and have the support from others should we need it if and when the time comes. After the hurricane last season, most of the boats based in the BVI are heading south for the summer, so we will see a lot of familiar faces hanging out in the marinas and small bays located in the area.
We have a couple of friends hopefully coming to stay with us on the boat for a few weeks who we haven’t seen in a while and will be great to catch up and spend some time hanging out and exploring new islands together.
Grenada, also known as the ‘Island of Spice’ due to it’s production of Nutmeg and Mace crops is a tri-island state which consists of Grenada, Carriacou and Petite Martinique. From white sandy beaches, beautiful rainforests with cascading waterfalls to the worlds first underwater sculpture park, we cannot wait to get there and explore. Carriacou is known as the ‘Land of Reefs’ with clear shallow waters and beautiful coral reefs it’s ideal for snorkelling. The neighbouring island of Petite Martinique, not known for its modernity is filled with boat builders and fishermen and is recognised for those seeking a more authentic Caribbean experience.
After a few weeks in Grenada our plan will be to sail back up north through the Grenadines, visiting the Tobago Cays, Mustique and St. Vincent. From there we will stop off at St. Lucia and possibly Antigua before heading back to the BVI for the upcoming charter season starting in October.
The next few weeks will consist of passage planning, researching places of interest to visit and getting ourselves prepped for our two month sailing adventure.
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