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Ryan Sailing GYC

CAMP GRENADA – by Theresa

GYC Sailing Camp Boats

GYC Sailing Camp Boats

With school out, and since we knew that we would be stationed in Grenada for the summer, we actively sought appropriate summer camp activities to keep the boys educationally engaged while socializing with their peers. Fortunately for us, Grenada Yacht Club, just across the lagoon from our marina, offered a summer sailing camp. Allan Sherman’s “Camp Granada” immediately began running through my head as I completed the necessary paperwork to enroll the boys in camp, in Grenada! (“Hello muddah, hello faddah, here I am at, camp Granada …”)

"Dinghy Bus" to Sailing Camp

“Dinghy Bus” to Sailing Camp

The boys were excited to begin camp, and even more excited when they realized that they would be transported to camp via the “dinghy bus.”

On the first day of camp, the boys returned home somewhat disheartened that they had not been able to go out sailing. They groused that it had been raining all day and that instead of sailing, they spent their time learning about (of all things) boat parts, sea conditions, wind, weather and knots. (Once again, Allan Sherman’s “Camp Grenada!” “… And they say we’ll have some fun if it stops raining!”) While the boys have spent significant time on the water, no doubt, the camp counselors were appropriately taking the temperature of their summer sailing camp pupils.

The next day, the weather cleared and the eager students were able to get out on the water to test their sailing skills, both solo and in larger boats working together as a crew. As the children’s time at camp, and their abilities, progressed, they even had sailing races. (Click any photo below for a slide show.)

(Click below for videos.)

(Check out the videos tab at the top of the page for additional videos of the boys sailing!).

The camp has also offered a series of lectures: from marine biologists, on marine environment and pollution; nurses, on first aid at sea; and retired coast guard, on marine safety and sea protocols.

It turns out “Camp Grenada” is not so bad after all!

Click below link for “Camp Granada” by Allan Sherman (music with lyrics):


 

Hello muddah, hello faddah
Here I am at camp Granada
Camp is very entertaining
And they say we’ll have some fun if it stops raining

I went hiking with Joe Spivey
He developed poison ivy
You remember Leonard Skinner
He got ptomaine poisoning last night after dinner

All the counselors hate the waiters
And the lake has alligators
And the head coach wants no sissies
So he reads to us from something called Ulysses

Now I don’t want this should scare ya
But my bunkmate has malaria
You remember Jeffery Hardy
They’re about to organize a searching party

Take me home, oh muddah, faddah
Take me home, I hate Grenada
Don’t leave me out
In the forest where I might get eaten by a bear

Take me home, I promise I will
Not make noise, or mess the house with other boys
Oh please don’t make me stay
I’ve been here one whole day

Dearest fadduh, darling muddah
How’s my precious little bruddah
Let me come home if you miss me
I would even let Aunt Bertha hug and kiss me

Wait a minute, it’s stopped hailing
Guys are swimming, guys are sailing
Playing baseball, gee that’s bettah
Muddah, faddah kindly disregard this letter!

 

Carenage waterfront, St. Geoarges, Grenada

A DAY IN THE LIFE IN GRENADA – by Randy

We have been exploring Grenada for a little over two months now and still there remains much more to be seen both on land and at sea. Fortunately, Port Louis Marina, in St.  Georges, is centrally located giving us easy land or dinghy-dock water access to the waterfront shops and restaurants in both St. Georges and Carenage.

PORT LOUIS MARINA

Port Louis Marina (PLM) is a resort destination unto itself and we have been enjoying all of the amenities, including the spa,  pool, grounds, restaurants, waterfront park and beach (click on any photo for slide show).

 GRAND ANSE

The pristine Grand Anse Beach is only a short distance from the marina by land or sea. The boys have been enjoying snorkeling with their friends just off the beach, as well as “sea-bobbing” (we had to look that up before agreeing to allow them to go do it), and getting pulled on a tube behind the dinghy.

 HIKING THE MOUNTAINS AND RAINFORESTS

Popular among cruisers, locals, and students from the on-island American University School of Medical and Veterinary Science, are the weekly organized hiking trips, known as hashes, which are scheduled at various locations around the island. Each week, bus loads of enthusiastic cruisers, locals and students arrive eager to get some exercise, explore local terrain, and partake in the after hike revelry.

We have been hiking in the mountains and rain forests where we have seen banana tree plantations, monkeys, tropical flower groves, and amazing vistas (click on any photo for slide show).

With equally compelling scenery, other hikes have taken us through the countryside and along the coast line(s) of Grenada.

Patrick teaching R&R how to wax the boat

Patrick teaching R&R how to wax the boat

 

With all of the above said, it is not all fun and games in Grenada. At the end of the day, the boat requires daily maintenance and upkeep, not the least of which is keeping her clean and waxed. Fortunately for us, a very friendly and competent local gentlemen named “Patrick” has been assisting us in with these ongoing laborious efforts. He has taken the boys on in apprenticeship teaching them how to keep the boat “ship-shape!” Additionally, we have utilized our time in Grenada to take advantage of the well developed yacht support infrastructure to complete some upgrades to the Pilots’ Discretion to make her more long term cruiser friendly.

 

Rainbow over Port Louis Marina

Rainbow over Port Louis Marina