Eric & the boys still onboard

The long-awaited haul out!

Since arriving in the Caribbean 3+ years ago, we have cruised up and down the Windward and Leeward islands, spending hurricane seasons mostly in Grenada and the winters around the Virgin Islands.

When we first arrived in Grenada in April 2012, we checked into Clark’s Court Bay marina for 3 days to work on our batteries.

CCBM view

This was only the 2nd time we had gone alongside in a marina since we set sail from Darwin, Australia in May 2002!

The other time was in Maputo in November 2009, when we caught up with friends there and ended up spending 5 days in the marina whilst we waited for the spring tide to raise the water level enough for us to get out!

Maputo Marina at low tide

During our first season in Grenada we enjoyed many fun times at the laid-back Clark’s Court Bay marina.

cricket

One of the most memorable occasions was when we watched the amazing Grenadian runner, Kirani James, make history as he took GOLD in the 400m final! Not only was this the first ever Olympic medal for Grenada, but GOLD, no less!!

So, when we arrived back here last year and heard that the marina had been sold and was due to become a major boat yard and marina development, we felt a little sad.

Another reminder of the price of progress….. and nothing remains the same….

But such is life and here we find ourselves back in Grenada for our 4th hurricane season and hauled out in the new Clark’s Court Bay boat yard!

 

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As the yard is still very much under construction, they are offering discounted rates, which we decided (along with many others) was too good an opportunity to miss.

It has been over 4 years since we last hauled out in Saldanha Bay, South Africa, back in February 2011 and with our impending Panama Transit and Pacific Ocean crossing, it made sense to ensure that SV Amarula is ready for the final part of her circumnavigation.

Wish us luck and we will report on her progress in the next weeks.

Meanwhile, Lynne & the boys are staying in a nice apartment directly across from the boat yard with great views across Clark’s Court Bay!

The view from my temporary pad!

The view from my temporary pad!

And here’s the photo from this morning, looking across to the new CCBM! (compare with top photo!)

The new Clark's Court Bay marina & boatyard

The new Clark’s Court Bay marina & boatyard

 

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