FROM THE LOG (2000-2001)

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Part 2: Canary Islands - Grenada

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This page is part 2 of a report in 3 parts, covering August 2000 to June 2001.

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Jens inspecting the spreaders
Janne at the helm
As soon as we had recovered from Henrik's birthday party, we let go of the docklines at San Sebastian de la Gomera, set sail and steered west. Our destination was Barbados in the West Indies on the other side of the Atlanric Ocean. The crew was now reinforced by our older son Jens and Scorpio's old mate Janne, who previously sailed with Henrik in 1997 from England to Gibraltar.
Dorados, called guldmakrill in Swedish
Peacefully running with two head sails poled out
On a calm day
Celebrating the half-way mark
6th of December ...
.. is Finland's Day of Independence
In order to break the monotony we arranged several "special occasions", usually related to milage logged or voyage duration, such as "One week at sea", "Halways-across", "2000 miles behind" etc. One welcome break came on the 6th of December, which is Finland's Independence Day. Among other solemn items on the agenda, such as hoisting a particularly large flag and listening to Sibelius was a ceremony on the HF-radio together with two other Finnish yachts, crossing the Atlantic at the same time, namely Hakuna Matata and Venla.
Sunset in the trade winds
Bridgetown, Barbados
After 21 days of mostly easy, but sometims very rolly, sailing in the trade winds, which picked up after a few calm days, we anchored at Bridgetown in Barbados. This island country lies around 100 nautical miles to the east (windward) of the rest of the Eastern Caribbean and it's Windward Islands-group. Therefore very few yachts visit Barbados on a trip from the West Indies - it would be a hard slog against fresh trade winds and ocean waves and swell all the way. Most visiting yachts arrive in Barbados as a stepping stone between Europe and places west. On our previous cruises on this side of the ocean we had visited practically all islands in the Eastern Caribbean, but also for Scorpio Barbados was a new acquaintance. There's really no cruising ground around Barbados, just open roadstead anchorages and therefore the bare-boat charters are non existent.
Exploring Tobago
Trolling for fish
Tobago is one of the two main islands of the nation Trinidad & Tobago, and this island has not suffered as much from mass turism as many other destinations in the West Indies. There's also very few charter boats around, so apart from a few local yachts and the occasional foreign cruiser (like we), we had the anchorages for ourselves. Tobago is definately one of the more delightful experiences.
Prickly Bay, with Velsheda in the centre
Christmas Eve's traditional fondue dinner
We arrived in Grenada at Prickly Bay, just in time for Christmas. This is an anchorage where we have spent a lot of time during previous trips, and related with fond memories. One of the other yachts of the fleet was the J-boat Velsheda, which recently had undergone a ful restoration. It's masttop is 58 metres above sea level and has a red warning light to keep airplanes away.
A meeting with Velsheda
The J-boat Velsheda shows her lines
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