Mar 18

We still decide to stay a while in Soufriere. We test more buoys places in the hope that they are less in heat - no chance, probably the roles included in the price. 2 nights at the buoy cost EC $ 40, EC $ 80 7 nights (27 CHF, 4 francs per day is really cheap!)
Almost every day we get to enjoy a beautiful rainbow. We have never seen so many rainbow like here in Soufriere.

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Mar 10

Just three weeks we are in St.Lucia. The longer you stay the more willingly do you get the island and its inhabitants.
This island is attacked every day by some cruise ships. The tourists will be distributed during the day over the whole island. Everywhere you meet them. You learn to avoid them and take in spite of everything to many nice locals.
Three days we bring available on our Whisper "front man" to make bulk purchases and to organize a taxi to the airport. On Sunday afternoon we welcome our friends Rosy, Peter and Fleur at Hewanorra Airport, in the south of St.Lucia.
After a breakneck ride with the taxi bus through the beautiful hills, we arrive in Soufriere. After two Dingifahrten we all sit comfortably in the cockpit and exchange the latest news.

We stay four days in Soufriere and the neighboring bay of Anse de Piton, where we enjoy great snorkeling and beach walking. The quaint village of Soufriere, with its beautiful old wooden houses very impress us.
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February 15

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 »

January 28

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.
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.

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January 26

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 ...

January 25

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.

January 23

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.
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.

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!)

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.

December 28

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.
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.

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.

We wish you all good health and much happiness in the New Year
Hans Peter & Lilian

December 07

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!
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.

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

November 04

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.

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