Jungles are often cut down to raise cattle or crops, but Grenada's Grenada Marina is the only boatyard we know of that encroached on the jungle to haul yachts. 'Maya' was not hauled there. Grenada is generally considered to be south of the hurricane zone, although Ivan hit Grenada as a powerful Cat. 3 storm, and knocked over or damaged almost every boat.
It's more like trying to get out of Tomales Bay when there is a big sea running — except you have to run into it for a couple of miles instead of a couple of hundred yards. We finally made it to Prickly Bay, home to Spice Island Marina, where Maya was to be hauled for the off season. We anchored in a pleasant spot in gusty winds for the night. I could finally relax. Or so I thought. In the middle of the night it seemed as though my 75-lb CQR was beginning to drag for the first time ever, as we were getting close to the cat behind us. Fortunately Audrey is an insomniac, so she stood most of the anchor watch until dawn. We then re-anchored before any of our neighbors awoke to the travesty of having obvious newbies right in front of them who didn't
know how to anchor. You know what I'm thinking now? The Pacific. — rick 03/15/2014 Precious Metal — Kristen 46 Pamela Bendall After 100,000 Ocean Miles (Canoe Cove, B.C.) [Latitude has known Pamela since she did the 2008 Ha-Ha, But having not yet had time to read her book What Was I Thinking?, we didn't really know that much of her story. So when we crossed paths with her and Mr. X, her companion, at the Octopus' Garden in La Cruz in December, we decided to remedy that deficiency with a mini interview.] 38: We know that you love cruising, but how did you get started?
P.B. My former husband was a sailor, so in 1986 we — which means including our children, then 10 and 4 — departed Canada aboard our Beneteau First 38 to cruise the South Pacific, the Sea of Japan, and back to Canada. This was back in the days of navigating with sextants. To show you how times have changed, we thought our Beneteau 38 was an 'ultimate cruising boat'. As a result of the cruise, my thenhusband fell out of love with cruising, while I fell completely in love with it. So I vowed to return to Canada and make a lot of money in order to build the boat that I wanted. So I kept a list of things I wanted on the new boat in the back of the log book. 38: What did you do to make money for a new boat? P.B. I became a stockbroker when we returned to Canada in 1989. I was a conservative investor, but did do some investments in precious metals, which became the perfect name for my boat. After 10 years of working, I was able to launch the cruising boat of my dreams in 1999. She even has a bathtub. 38: Did you start cruising immediately? P.B. No. I did three years of chartering in northern British Columbia, during which time I covered 35,000 ocean miles. 38: Was it successful? P.B. It was great, really great. And it took my seamanship to another level. I did 108 charters of five to seven days' duration in a three-year period. My 109th charter was the charter from hell, so I decided that I would follow my passion by going cruising instead. 38: Did you charter around Comox? P.B. Mostly to the north of that, near Alaska. 38: Did you ever see a big ketch named Ocean Light that specialized in A cruise in 1986 with her husband and children whetted Pamela's appetite for more cruising. Her husband didn't have the same reaction. COURTESY PRECIOUS METAL
The May 2014 issue of the West's premier sailing and marine magazine.