Category Archives: Kick ’em-Jenny

MOVIE TRAILER – by Ronan(10) and Ryan (11)

Ronan (10) and Ryan (11) made a “movie trailer” for our Caribbean cruising adventures. We added it to our “VIDEOS” page at: https://pilotsdiscretion.com/videos/. We are also sharing it here, below. I think we found our new videographers! They had a lot of fun making it. We hope you enjoy watching it! Click on the below image to play.

We have also created a dedicated YouTube channel  where we have compiled the videos from our blog, and uploaded additional videos from our journey.  To view the videos click on the link below (or copy and paste into browser):

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC94z5hCIrRiEvY8MTJegTbA.

Course track

SUMMER IN GRENADA, SEASON 2 – by Theresa

Leaving the Tobago Cays astern, cruising just outside of the exclusionary zone for the underwater volcano, Kick ’em Jenny, we spotted Grenada, our summer home port for our second hurricane season, immediately on the horizon.  We cruised down the leeward side of the island, past the small fishing village of Gouyave, and into our summer home port in St. Georges harbor.

 

Pilots' Discretion cruising in to St. Georges, Grenada

Pilots’ Discretion cruising into St. Georges harbor, Grenada

After clearing immigration and customs, we hoisted  the courtesy flag of our host nation.

While we endured typical Grenada passing showers on the day we arrived, we had many sunny days ahead of us. With school out for the summer, the boys immediately set out looking for some summer fun and adventures. Since this is our second summer in Grenada (see A Day in the Life of Grenada, 2015/08/02), we were already familiar with the lay of the land. We did not miss a beat getting back into the swing of the weekly, often wet and muddy, but always scenic and fun hikes (a.k.a. “hashes”).

Ronan rope action, hiking in Grenada

Ronan rope action, hiking in Grenada

Ryan crossing the stream hiking in Grenada (no use even trying to keep those shoes dry!)

Ryan crossing the stream hiking in Grenada (no use even trying to keep those shoes dry!)

Ronan and Ryan hiking in Grenada ... just a little muddy

Ronan and Ryan hiking in Grenada … just a little muddy. The shredded paper marks the trail.

Ronan taking in the view on the hash in Grenada

Ronan taking in the view on the hash in Grenada

There are a lot of other ‘kid boats’ riding out the hurricane season in Grenada, so much so, the boat kids have their own morning net on the VHF radio to communicate and organize events. The ‘Kids Organized Society’ (KOS, pronounced K-os, or chaos) meets weekly at Secret Harbor for a variety of fun activities.

In the spirit of the 2016 Olympic games, the kids came together on Calabash Beach, Prickly Bay, for a mini-Olympics. There were relay races, three-legged races, swimming competitions and the ever popular tug-of war!

Calabash Beach Mini-Olympics

Ready, set, go!

Ronan and Ryan on the GYC dock

Ronan and Ryan on the GYC dock

The boys spent most of the summer at the Grenada Yacht Club sailing camp. Since this was their second summer attending the camp, they were afforded greater responsibility for rigging and de-rigging the boats. They also helped teach the new, younger sailors the points of sail and how to read the wind and water. (See last years’ post on Camp Grenada, 2015/08/07)

Grenada Yacht Club, St. Georges, Grenada

Grenada Yacht Club, St. Georges, Grenada

Sailing in St. Georges, Grenada

Sailing in St. Georges, Grenada

Ronan sailing

Ronan sailing

Ryan derigging the mosquito

Ryan derigging the mosquito

Working together to put the sails away

Working together to put the sails away

Another fun adventure we enjoyed this summer was a river tubing birthday party!

The summer has not been all fun and games. We have accomplished a great many ‘boat projects’ this summer, with more on the horizon. Next week we are having the boat hauled out of the water so that we can have her bottom painted along with some additional projects that are best achieved with the boat on the hard. We will ride out the boat haul at one of our favorite places in Grenada, Mount Cinnamon Resort. More to follow on that in our next post …

Season Two: Caribbean Cruising, Underway Again – by Randy

Finally! Boat stuff complete, good byes said (or as we like to say, “until we see you again”), we are underway for “Season 2” of our cruising adventure.

AIS screenshot showing Pilot's Discretion departing Grenada

AIS screenshot showing Pilot’s Discretion departing Grenada

 

We got underway from Port Luis Marina about 10 am this past Thursday. It was a picture perfect morning when we pulled out of St. Georges Harbor past the mega yacht docks and headed north, first destination Tyrell Bay, Carriacou.

 

 

 

 

We have added a few new toys since we were last underway including a set of wireless headsets that allow the crew to communicate directly with the Captain at the helm. We have found the improved crew communication to be quite helpful while we are departing or arriving at a slip or anchoring in a harbor.

Sena SPH10 Bluetooth wireless headset

Sena SPH10 Bluetooth wireless headset

That may seem like a small item to those that do not cruise, but to those of us that have spent any significant time with our better halves aboard a boat, headsets represent an exponential improvement. The headsets eliminate all of the wild gesticulating and colorful language that can sometimes be on display as multiple, inconsistent and hurried commands are issued by the various Admirals as the boat drifts doggedly toward what can only end in an expensive repair at a boat yard.

The first leg of our trip was a short 32 nautical mile run, just enough to see that all of the various boat systems are functioning and also give the crew a chance to renew their sea legs. We cruised up the west coast of Grenada, slid by “Kick-em-Jenny”, just outside the volcanic exclusion zone and entered Tyrell Bay just under four hours after our departure from our summer home of Grenada.

Day 1 behind us, the Pilots’ Discretion safely at anchor in 18′ of water in Tyrell Bay, we loaded up the dinghy and headed to shore for a pizza dinner on the beach at the Lazy Turtle restaurant. After dinner we were all off to bed early so that we could get an early start on our more challenging run to the southern end of St. Vincent.

 

Lazy Turtle, Tyrell Bay, Carriacou

Lazy Turtle, Tyrell Bay, Carriacou

This time of year in the Caribbean is known for a period of more intense trade winds, appropriately named the “Christmas Winds”. This year the winds have developed almost exactly in time for our Grenada departure. Typical trade winds blow out of the east at 10-15 knots for days on end. This time of year, it is not uncommon to see those trades pick up to the range of 20-25 knots with occasional gusts to 30+ knots. After a few days of that type of wind, the seas can begin to build to a consistent 6-8′ with some days looking at 10′ or greater seas. Those type of weather conditions can take a lot of the fun out of a days cruise as everything and everyone on board is tossed about for hours on end. Although we do not like to venture out in seas predicted to be larger than 6′, the Pilots’ Discretion handles them well.

imageDay 2 saw us travel north just off the western shore of Union Island, Mayreau, Canouan, Mustique and Bequia before taking up a heading to place us just off Young Island and the South coast of St. Vincent. We travelled just over 50 miles on a very brisk day with sporty conditions at sea. I am happy to report that the entire crew performed flawlessly and no one was spotted hanging over the rail as a result of the rough conditions. We are now moored securely at the Blue Lagoon Marina in St Vincent. The weather forecast is calling for very strong trades through the New Year so we will necessarily modify our plan and remain in St. Vincent until we are once again presented with a suitable weather window to move onto St. Lucia. Christmas on St. Vincent was not on our agenda but we will take advantage of this unexpected opportunity and share our Caribbean Christmas with the locals.

Kick 'Em Jenny

Eastern Caribbean on Heightened Alert as Underwater Volcano Activity off Grenada Increases – by Randy

Kick 'em Jenny Alert

Kick ’em Jenny Alert

Thursday, July 23, 2015, the University of the West Indies Seismic Research Center (UWI-SRC) raised the alert level to “Orange” (the second highest) due to increased seismic activity of “Kick ’em Jenny”. As described in our previous post, Kick ’em Jenny is an active underwater volcano, located 8 km north of Grenada. Since tsunamis triggered by underwater eruptions are a potential hazard for neighbouring islands if Kick ’em Jenny erupts, we monitor and receive Eastern Caribbean volcanic activity updates at: http://www.uwiseismic.com/.

As it turns out, we were on an island tour, enjoying lunch at Petit Anse Resort on the north shore of Grenada, looking north towards Kick ’em Jenny when the raised alert was first broadcast!

Petite Anse Resort Petite Anse Resort looking north towards Kick 'em Jenny

Petite Anse Resort looking north towards Kick ’em Jenny

Fortunately, UWI-SRC advises that at this time no tsunami warning has been issued for Grenada. However, the alert level at the Kick ‘em Jenny volcano, has been moved from yellow to orange which means that the exclusion zone around the submarine crater has been widened from 1.5 km to 5km. On the day we arrived in Grenada, our approach route brought us 1.5 km to the west of  Kick ’em Jenny, a route that if followed today would place us firmly in the exclusion zone. One of the hazards of particular concern for mariners when dealing with underwater volcanos is the reduced water density that results from the volcanos release of hot gasses into the surrounding waters. In some cases, this can result in a loss of buoyancy sufficient to sink  any vessel traversing the affected area.

CNN: Underwater volcano rumbles off Grenada

http://www.cnn.com/2015/07/25/americas/kick-em-jenny-volcano-rumbling/index.html

Frequently Asked Questions About Kick ’em-Jenny:

http://www.uwiseismic.com/Downloads/KickemJenny_FAQ.pdf

Read more: http://www.caribbean360.com/news/alert-level-raised-as-heightened-activity-recorded-at-underwater-volcano-off-grenada#ixzz3gvRuxPAi