Sunday On The Island – No Shoes Required

A beautiful day on the island.

The sun is shining, the sky is a beautiful shade of baby blue, and it’s Sunday on the island!

Every Sunday afternoon, there is a popular BBQ on Hog Island in Grenada. Cruisers and landlubbers alike all gather on the beach of the small island to partake in good food, drinks, and live music. A short dinghy ride away from Snowflake, it’s become one of our favorite weekly events since we anchored in Clarkes Court Bay.

Because this is such a fun and laid back event, we wanted to share it with you and give you a little glimpse of what life is like here in the islands. Continue reading “Sunday On The Island – No Shoes Required”

Where Are My Shorts?!

A rainy day in paradise.

The sound of the rain is almost deafening as it pounds on Snowflake’s cabin top. Jumping up from the salon table, we scramble around the boat, closing all the hatches and portlights. Thankfully, we can leave the door open—our bimini isn’t the greatest cockpit shelter but it at least keeps the water from coming inside the door.

The morning started off like any other morning—sunshine, blue skies. Like many other cruisers who don’t have the luxury of a washing machine, I took the opportunity to hand wash our laundry in a bucket and hang it out to dry. Less than a half hour later, the wind picked up and a nasty cloud full of big rain drops drifted over the anchorage.

Figuring it was the typical squall that would blow over quickly, I shrugged my shoulders and went inside to fix coffee and breakfast. Little did I know then that the bad weather was here to stay… Continue reading “Where Are My Shorts?!”

Oil Down on the Hog

As we lifted and pulled our little dinghy up the white sandy beach of Hog Island, we were instantly hit with the smell of a smoky wood burning fire. Tying the dinghy painter to an old tree trunk, we looked around.

Down towards Roger’s bar we saw the catamaran Shadowfax waiting to take tourists from the cruise ship back to St. George’s. We saw locals with their coolers and chairs hanging out, talking and laughing together. Little children played in the water.

Welcome to Hog Island!

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A Walk in the Jungle

View of Clarkes Court Bay where Snowflake is anchored.

The crew on s/v Snowflake loves a bit of adventure and exploration. After a long week or varnishing, writing and editing, and various other projects, we decided it was time to explore our new backyard in Clarkes Court Bay. Continue reading “A Walk in the Jungle”

Atlantic Crossing – Stats and Lessons Learned

Snowflake’s Atlantic Crossing Stats:

Start: Mindelo, Säo Vicente, Cape Verdes Islands

Final Destination: Prickly Bay, Grenada

Days at Sea: 22 (21 nights)

Miles Sailed: 2,297

Average Speed: 4.55 knots (top speed 10 knots; slowest 0.0 knots)

Number of Changes to Sail Plan: 22 (not including reefs)

Number of Squalls Encountered: 9 (top wind speed – 27 knots)

Engine Hours: 21

Fish Caught: 3

Santo Antao on the left and Sao Vicente on the right.

As I write this from Snowflake’s cockpit, the sun is shining down over the lush, tropical island of Grenada. It’s hard to believe that just a month ago we were anchored in Mindelo in the Cape Verdes. Looking back over the last month, the feelings of accomplishment, joy, awe, and disbelief are abundant.

While Snowflake did not make as great a passage time as some boats, she did better than others and we are satisfied with our stats. Overall, we were prepared for the crossing, but there were many lessons learned. Continue reading “Atlantic Crossing – Stats and Lessons Learned”

The Ultimate Adventure — Atlantic Crossing

Wow — hard to believe the time is finally here! After years of dreaming about an ocean crossing, I now find myself on the cusp of one! Continue reading “The Ultimate Adventure — Atlantic Crossing”

What’s One More Day?

It’s an amazing and calming experience to watch a sunrise at sea. There are no objects whatsoever to block your view, and when it’s a calm sail, the peaceful swoosh of the water running along the hulls is the only sound. I don’t know about you, but whenever I’ve watched a sunrise on land, there is always a good chance that something or someone is going to block my view of the full-on sunrise. Whether it’s a building, trees, mountains, cars, or something else, I never can get a full shot of a sunrise on land.

However, onboard Snowflake at sea, I get the full experience. Continue reading “What’s One More Day?”

Night Watch and Collision Course

Great. Another cargo ship. And judging by the A.I.S. system, it’s going to run us down in about twenty minutes. Continue reading “Night Watch and Collision Course”