We have reached our goal and have arrived in St. Lucia. In two days we get a visit from the Schmid family, our Swiss friends. For this reason, we sailed up the Windward Iceland at a fast pace. Compared to the charter boats here but we had plenty of time. However, we are very pleased on the way back the Grenadienen to get to know the beautiful paradise islands between St. Vincent and Grenada detail. Read full post »
Grenada is truly a dream island. Unfortunately, we have had too little time to discover it right. But we will return, we have very fond in the short time. Read the full post »
With my brother and our sailing friends Renate and Dieter we make five of us an island tour. First we went up the wild West Coast. Again and again we enjoy the beautiful views of the coast, where we'll sail up in a few days.
We visit the "Grenada Chocolate Company". An endearing workers shows us the small production. We can also test the chocolate and tastes really delicious.
It is winter and the nights are noticeably cooler. Rolf has a cheese fondue from Switzerland brought us what you would get here in the Caribbean before.
The five of us enjoy it to stir our Brotmocken in cheese.
Hmmm, the leak was ...
Every Saturday will meet at about 10 sailors with a minibus in the hills of Grenada to drive. In a private home, a retired woman organized a reading and writing project for the native students. Approximately 40 - 50 laughing and radiant children come together at 10 clock in the morning. Benches and chairs are put right and start teaching. The circuit is first the national anthem sung and prayed, after which the children are in 2-5, he divided groups. A good hour is read and written, adjusted according to the state of knowledge. After playing in small groups to play video games. Again, is read aloud in a circle, singing and spoken the closing prayer. As a climax and conclusion of each child gets something small to eat and drink. A great project, I had huge fun to participate on a Saturday.
On 01.17.2014 the giant crane hoisted the Whisper in the water. Oh how nice it is to live again on a floating vessel. 85 sm we had to sail. The weather was great 14-22 kn wind from the east. The waves are not very pleasant, but it went. For Rolf a great experience for us as well. After 7 months to sail again to discover a new place. We had no squalls, no rain, a beautiful starry night, what more could you want? (That I'm going to sea sickness, I forget to happiness after arriving again and again!) Sunrise Grenada in sight Morning at 8:00 clock we let the anchor in the Clarks Court, vis à vis the Whisper Cove Marina fall. Warmly welcomed by our sailors we are friends Renate and Dieter, who also introduce us right in the most important of Grenada. Hans Peter Wassert for the first time our new dinghy and test it. In the evening we walk together in a wonderful and charming little local restaurant. Where we enjoy on the terrace with wonderful views of a delicious meal. For starters there's Conch, a 15 - 30 cm giant conch. Then we chose Blue Marlin or Conchcurry. Everything excellent! We look forward to exploring the beautiful island of Grenada.
Rest we could not us. In wind rush we had to prepare the ship for visiting. All work materials, machinery. Colors, sandpaper, and a thousand things more, had to be tucked deep down.
At night we took the rental car to the airport to pick up my brother Rolf. He wants to sail with us to Grenada, for him his first ocean experience.
The weather put us under pressure. A great weather window for the night trip to Grenada was forecast for Tuesday.
Conclusion: No sightseeing - but sailing, bulkheads, assemble the case and make the ship sail clear.
Tuesday we were then so far and could clear outward in Chaguaramas. At 16:00 clock we broke the lines and motorten to Boca de Monos the exit in the northwest of Trinidad.
We will spend the New Year still in the country. Our Reconditioning go slowly but surely to the end. The weather has thwarted us a quick thrive. In case of rain or rain chances we had to postpone the deletion of the epoxide. With an old Toyota off-roader Jeep there is a steep and vertiginous a narrow road up the hills. There is noticeably cooler. We enjoy "Shark and Bake" a traditional Trinidad court. The bulky ladies fry flatbread and shark steaks sizzling in oil. The fish is clamped to cut hot bread, plus there are different sauces, most very sharp. Mmhh delicious! Christmas we spent with other sailors at a potluck - everyone brings something for the common breakfast with - under a beautiful, old mango tree.
Just before Christmas we made a trip to a Parang Contest in Paramin. Parang is a style of music for Christmas here is of great importance.
Finally we see something of the beautiful island of Trinidad.
We wish you all good health and much happiness in the New Year
Hans Peter & Lilian
The first great workers at the Whisper are managed. This also took a long while. Lobster, which we have given the order to the ship's hull re-injected and to make all the preparatory work, promised us in 2 - to be completed 3 weeks. Now, at 6 weeks and we finished with the nerves! Unfortunately, the deck and the Plexiglas discs were verspritz with primer and do it twice. Unbelievable! The workers have not brought it ready to cover the ship properly. I could write a whole book about the work ethic, motivation and their knowledge and make a movie of it, which would be the "Gotham" surpass. However, this I have no desire, and we will look forward only to the new shiny fuselage us now. War of nerves and frustration is forgotten and only the positives should stay. This includes as I said the dazzling hull with red waterline. The new refrigerator is installed and adjusted the side frame, so that the separate unit and pans all inclusive dish rack fit in etc.. That was remodel a great job of Hanspeter this frame. With his creativity and good ideas, he has mastered excellently. The sewing machine was in operation long and much has been repaired, reinforced or replaced. Thousand little things are done. We are now already for 8 weeks every day at work, whether Saturday or Sunday and at temperatures up to 40 °. But - that we are still a long, alas! The underwater area we had to grind all the way down to the fiberglass, as the commissioned work to grind the antifouling away, was not executed properly. We now need to build the new epoxy layers and to apply about 6 layers, and then another 2 - sweep with antifouling 3 times. First, however, especially grinding and filling some small places. It is then necessary to polish the wheels, can live with that so we reasonably. Really good, you can not do that, but these are in 1-2 years anyway replaced when we will repaint the deck. All fittings must be fixed again. The solar, wind vane and the ship's name must be mounted. The pods, anemometer and position lamp may be mounted on the mast, trap and sail again and the deck will be scrubbed from the strong dirt flying through the air here. The list is still long and we must therefore resign to spend Christmas here on land. (Oh, how close are the great islands with the turquoise clear waters and palm-fringed sandy beaches -.!. Provisionally be earned only in the dreams, the reality must) In the evenings we enjoy (if we are not too tired and fall only in the bunk) contact with familiar and new sailors. With barbecues and fine dining on the Whisper or yachts of friends and experiences are exchanged and plans forged. But we are of good courage, and then do with our new AB dinghy a first trip to a beach maybe at Christmas. We wish you all a wonderful Christmas season and send some warm sunshine of Trinidad
Yes, patience has used it, I know we are not in Europe, but such work we would have not expected. Since the workers have motivated in Senegal and tackled more reliable.
But in the end, the Whisper is resprayed and reflected in new splendor.
Our boat neighbors have this photo shoot, brought to us and said it was a proof, so do not believe our friends, we always go on a holiday! Yes, we are slowly but surely moving forward. Finally, we could buy a vacuum cleaner and repair the grinder. The abrasive was defective and Hans Peter had to deal with a lot of improvisation repurpose a "native" sanding pad. Now he is busy grinding on underwater. I stick to the smaller objects such as bow thrusters, propellers and all that is not to grind with the machine. The employees of Lobster, our painters have 3 layers rolled epoxy primer on the fuselage. Today small holes and dents are filled and then sanded. Then again come 2 - 3 layers of primer on it but it wants Lobster applied with the spray gun. After repeated grinding another 3-4 layers Awlgrip paint are sprayed on. - We are excited and looking forward to the shiny, radiant Lady. At the moment it is mega hot. In the cockpit, the thermometer 40 ° measured in the shade. In the ship, thanks to computer fans 35 °. The best time is in the shade under the ship, there is a small breeze. So I'm always happy when there is a little break and I can go on photo scramble. Indeed, we had a visit! A turtle swims long in front of our ship when back and forth Marina dock. This iguana comes in threes snuck into our palm. But the other two were when I arrived with the camera, quickly. This one has settled for a photo shoot in a pose.
The parting was hard. With tears in his eyes, we bid farewell to our grandchild, family and friends. We get on the plane with the goal to our second to fly home on the Whisper in Trinidad. It's great to live in two worlds, but sometimes it's a not very easy.
On 14 October, we are back on the Whisper. The days pass quickly. We are already on our Whisper, which is about a week in Trinidad in Power Boat Marina in the country.
Our view from the Whisper:
It's hard to get used to the heat in the ship (up to 40 °). Is it not so hot, it's raining, then it is also difficult to work. We were glad to meet our ship in good condition and were relieved to be found no mold and no damage. Besides hundreds of tiny dead weevils which of two pack spaghetti came, we had no new "roommate"! Luckily I had distributed throughout the ship ant killer on small papers, wherever we found the dead beetles! This went wegzuputzen relatively quickly. After cleaning the cockpit and bulk buying in the market we can live quite well already on the ship. Much work has yet to materialize before we can into the water. We wanted to make our new underwater and gave the order, the old anti-fouling (paint against mussels) grind. Unfortunately, the workers have roughly executed, so that in many places poking out the fiberglass and the Gelshield was removed (protection against ingress of water). So that leaves us no other choice than to rebuild the whole underwater area. That is, we need to repaint four layers of epoxy resin, then about two layers of primer and two coats of antifouling. Apart from the anti-fouling paints are two-component, which in this heat quickly dry. This is a murder work. At the moment, Hans Peter is grind away at the remaining Gelshield. Equipped with a mask and ear plugs is the "hard work"! Our Whisper gets yet another makeover. The hull above the water line will also be resprayed. (Also needs many layers of different materials). This work, however, we give in order, as we injected no paint can. After 32 years of gelcoat the Whisper is so cracked that this repainting is necessary. In between I am about other signs of age, how to remove rust on the Reelingsstützen and other places. The salt water and salt air are aggressive. The radar was repaired and Hans Peter needs him once again assemble at the mizzen to test if it really works. Yes ... so does our to-do list never ends. You see we have more to do than in Switzerland and fight with other factors such as heat, rain and mosquitoes. How we work diligently every day, so that we move our goal to get into the water as soon as possible closer. We still expect 1 ½ months of work! Now I have to stop writing, there were still many stories to tell, but work calls on the ship. Remaining Greetings to all in the cold Hans Peter and Lilian
After a stopover in southern Tobago, we sail early in the morning going to Trinidad. Along the way we catch a small tuna, are the military helicopter a few minutes seen at close quarters and get into a huge downpour with really a lot of wind.
In the evening we arrive in the port of Chaguaramas and make us firmly on a free buoy.
During three days we explore the various marinas. We opt for Power Boat. Some familiar faces greet us and we realize that we have arrived at a node of the sailors.
Our Whisper is associated with the crane expert on land and we get a great place on the water and between palm trees.
For a month, we are now in Switzerland and enjoy especially the family and friends. We especially appreciate the time to spend with our grandchild.
Many projects are waiting for us, and in between we have about time the beautiful Switzerland to tour as a "tourist", like here at the highest waterfall in Europe, the Rhine Falls.
By mid-October we will be staying in Switzerland in Uster and then it's off again to Trinidad to WHISPER.
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We wish you all a great summer!
Hans Peter and Lilian