Tuesday saw a very welcome return of Mike Streets and Chris Bassam to MCCC. Mike and Chris have now had six years cruising in the Caribbean and during that time have covered the area in great depth.
We heard some fascinating details of life out there living amongst the Islands: how often entering each island requires entry and exit formalities to be completed as they are often different countries. Members were given some good tips about anchoring and how in all those years Mike and Chris have never dragged their anchor once aboard their Vancouver 32 Reverie.
An illustrated explanation was given of what causes hurricanes, sources of weather information and when it’s advisable not to sail. We saw some incredible photographs of the devastation caused by Hurricane Ivan in 2004. Ivan was a Category 5 hurricane: the strongest there is on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Scale.
We learnt about “prison bars” for providing cabin hatch security and how best to lay your boat up ashore to be well prepared for coming storms. To conclude we were taken on a trip giving us a taste of the beauty and friendliness of the Caribbean people and also the comradeship and friendship amongst the visiting “yachties”. A fascinating insight into what was described as possibly, on balance, the best sailing water and social life in the world.
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