Cruising Curacao

The end of Sean’s holiday with us was fast approaching and he wanted to do the crossing to Curacao. So we said goodbye to our cruising buddies in Kralendijk and headed west. The sail from Bonaire to Curacao takes about 6-7 hours, so we were able to leave at first light and arrive in the…

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Bonaire Day Celebration

Bonaire Day is a national holiday. The events take place in the main square, starting in the morning with a typical succession of political speeches. Those wrap up around midday and then the festivities begin. Food and handicraft vendors are out in full force. The scouts have a marching band that plays during the raising…

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Pool Party in Bonaire

There is almost always a steady breeze in the Caribbean. However, as I mentioned in a previous post, the hurricanes north of us disrupted the normal wind patterns and created windless days. When that happens, you really notice the heat and humidity. One afternoon on just such a day, our group of cruising buddies agreed…

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Sean in Bonaire

Our kids, Lindsay and Sean, both live and work in Canada. We are keen to have them participate in our adventure, so we give them a ticket to join us each year. Lindsay spent three weeks with us in the Exumas last Jan/Feb and Sean picked Bonaire. This was the first time that he had…

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Bound for Bonaire

Note: the video below shows a cool aerial view of Bonaire & the mooring field at Kralendijk- it’s worth checking out. It was finally time to leave Grenada and head to Bonaire. Aruba, Bonaire and Curacao, collectively referred to as the ABCs, are part of the Dutch Caribbean. While the ABCs have experienced the odd…

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Carnival in Grenada

Before I start with this week’s post, I want to let you all know that we are safe and sound in Bonaire (our blog always runs a bit behind where we actually are). Bonaire is an island just above Venezuela and is part of the Dutch Caribbean. It is more than 800km away from the…

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Liming in Grenada

In the Caribbean, the term “Liming” is used to mean, hanging around, chilling, shooting the breeze, kickin’ back, etc. It’s useful to have such a term as it’s widely practiced here in Grenada. One of the main reasons we came to Grenada was to get some work done on Panache before our warranty period expires…

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Monkeying Around

Over the last 8 months we have taken tours of many of the islands that we have visited – but not all. We have found every tour to be fascinating, and hope to fill in the missing ones when we visit the Caribbean again at the end of our circumnavigation. On Grenada we hired Cutty,…

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Grenada & Tropical Storms

An active underwater volcano lies directly between Carriacou and Grenada, called “Kickem Jenny”. It has erupted 13 times since 1939, most recently in 2015. It is a safety concern for boats, as the volcano periodically emits gas that fills the water with bubbles. Bubbly water is less dense than regular water, so much so that…

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Petit St. Vincent & Carriacou

From Mayreau it’s a 45-minute hop to Clifton Bay on Union Island. Similar to the Tobago Cays, the bay is sheltered behind an extensive reef and so enjoys strong winds with relatively calm seas. This is the perfect combination for kiteboarding, which you can watch while sipping a beer on Happy Island, a small bar…

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