|Cargo ship under construction|
While in Carriacou we decided to go over to the village of Windward on the windward side of Carriacou and see what boats might be under construction.
|Willie checking out the construction|
Carriacou has a long, rich history of boat building.
|Part of our group gets an update directly from the builder|
|Sabrina checking out the inside.|
|Rag tag group -argh|
Actually this is specifically how our plan was hatched......
Me = We should go to Windward to see what boats are being built and then go over Petit Martinique and buy some of that good, cheap rum.
Tom = ok.
Thirty minutes later......
Me = Of course, we can probably get that rum for the same price in Tyrrel Bay.
Tom = Yeah, I was thinking the same thing.
Me = Of course that is not the point. It's about the adventure.
Tom = Exactly!
Anyway, while in Windward, Captain Randy of sv Sinbad procured a go fast boat with captain and first mate to take our rag-tag group across to Petit Martinique and back.
|Captain go fast and first mate|
|Thumbs up Captain Paul sv Kelly Nicole|
|Willie all smiles|
We all piled in, instantly grounding the boat. D-oh! Much pushing, shoving from the dock and water, along with some weight shifting floated us free. Sheesh.....you would think none of us had been on a boat before! The captain fired up the big outboard and we took off. The waters between Carriacou and Petit Martinique are primarily a series of reefs with a few wrecks as reminders of those reefs - local knowledge is a must. As we sped along through those reefs, cruiser Desmond happened to look over and see another, smaller go fast boat catching up to us. He casually commented to our captain "Well at least we will come in second." The captain immediately realized he was in an unofficial race and second was not an option. He put the hammer down and we all held on for dear life! It became a very exciting ride. BTW - it seems that when you put two MALE captains in close proximity on the same body of water, there is suddenly a race - official or not. Go figure!
|Mark (sv Liahona) and Diane (sv Endorfin II)|
|Ric (sv Endorfin II) and Tom|
|Colors of Petit Martinique|
|Solar panels for power on Petit Martinique|
|Cheers Captain Paul - Tasty Schaffs|
|Lookout point stop on the way home|