Kiting – Again and Again and Again…

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Al, Jeff, Blane and Frank

Next up for LIB was the arrival of two more kiting buddies of Frank’s; Blaine and Jeff.  It was simply a blast having five kiteboarding fiends on LIB for a week. 

I will say this, as a host, assuming the wind is good, kiters are easy to have as guests! Here are the things we needed to provide:

  1. Good wind.
  2. A launching/landing location.
  3. Transportation to and from the launch area.
  4. Food, water, alcohol and a place to sleep – not necessarily in that order.

No need to worry about what the islands had to offer, these guys were focused on kiting every day. Fortunately the wind was strong enough for them to kite A LOT.  While Al was on LIB, he was able to kite 12 out of 14 days.  Jeff and Blaine were here for a week and they kited every day.

Even with all that time on the water, it was hard for these guys to stop at sunset!

I think I took five million pictures and 99.5% of them were kite pics.  (All kiting pics are posted at the end of this blog.) 

Here’s a peek into last week on LIB:

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Glad we chose a fairly large dinghy.

In this picture, I am taking the guys to shore at Salt Whistle Bay. Captain is along for a grass break and Hunter wisely decided to wait for the next shuttle to shore.

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Can you guess where they are?

We anchored in the bay at Salt Whistle, then the guys walked to the windward side for some kiting in the waves. Apparently it was a great place to practice ocean riding because the waves were pretty consistently spaced apart.

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Blaine and Al kite while Frank plays Rescue Ranger in the dinghy.

On days when the wind was light, someone would hang on LIB or shore with the dinghy available in case a rider was unable to gain enough power to go upwind. Frank rescued several folks but none of them were part of the LIB group.

Frank, Jeff and Al power napping between sets.

I’m not going to say life on LIB is hard, but I will tell you these guys managed to wear themselves out.  These three all crashed while Blaine experimented with bread recipes because my loafs were not browning or rising well. Turns out my recently purchased flour was “off” somehow, thus the taste was less than yummy.  New flour was opened and Blaine tweaked the Basic White Bread recipe so it would brown in our (not so great) oven.

It’s very nice to have a guest on board who just happens to own a food company! Thank you to Blaine of Bridgford Foods for sharing your expertise!

The last day we had a quick sail from Clifton, Union Island to Hillsborough, Carriacou. It was an easy sail and a restful way to finish the trip before taking everyone to catch the ferry to Grenada.

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Frank, Jeff and Blaine at the helm as we sail to Carriacou.

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Al and Captain enjoy the view while underway.

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Hunter prepares his board for packing.

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A little puppy time before Hunter leaves.

We are really lucky that Hunter was able to spend several weeks with us.  He and Clayton have grown up on boats so having another experienced and capable person on board has been very nice. The fact that H is fun, easy to have and willing to help makes it that much more enjoyable to have him with us.  This mom’s heart was very sad to see him leave. But I sincerely hope that he and his brother will manage to visit us very soon!

And now, on to the kiting pictures….

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Jeff and Blaine in Ashton, Union Island.

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Al scooting along.

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Jeff is catching some air in Clifton.

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Frank demos a grab.

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Blaine and Jeff share a five on the fly.

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Hunter mid-trick spotting the water.

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Hunter with Frank in pursuit in Clifton.

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Al boosting in Ashton.

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Blaine’s signature move.

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Jeff gets some height in Ashton.

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Blaine – using a plane in the boost contest is cheating!

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Hunter unhooked, mid spin, handle pass.

Let It Be seems oddly quiet with just Frank, Captain and I on board.  A few of my girlfriends were scheduled to arrive in a week, but several family matters came up and we had to postpone their visit.  I’m pretty sad about the delay, but hopeful that they will find another time to visit.

For the moment we plan on hanging around Carriacou, Union Island, the Tobago Cays, etc.  This is a beautiful area and there is more available than kiting, so we will have to explore a bit.

If you have favorite places or activities in this are, we would love to hear your suggestions!

Posted on February 22, 2016, in Uncategorized and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 3 Comments.

  1. Hi Mary Grace and Frank! Looks like you are having a fantastic time. I contacted you a few months back and asked about the ventilation on your Helia. Saw something about you fitting a windscoop. Did it help?
    Well, we did move forward with our purchase of a Helia and plan on putting it in charter for 3 years before setting out on a plan like you have accomplished. Should arrive sometime this Fall. Exciting but taking the leap is a bit scary too.
    You mentioned you wanted some suggestions about what to see and do in the Grenadines and Grenada. Last year, we chartered a cat and sailed it one way from St. Vincent to Grenada. If you haven’t done so already, some suggestions for you are to go to Chatham Bay on Union Island. Very peaceful place. Lots of turtles. The wind coming down the hills is something to experience. Also, we enjoyed anchoring next to Petite St. Vincent and getting a drink at their bar. If you are near Carriacou, grab a ball next to Sandy Island. The snorkeling there is really good near the northeast tip. If you sail down towards Grenada, we enjoyed stopping in Dragon Bay. Only two balls there but you can snorkel around the point and see the underwater sculpture park, although we enjoyed the snorkeling more in Dragon Bay. On the south shore of Grenada we anchored in Clarkes Court Bay near Calivigny Island. Phare Bleu Marina which you can dinghy too has a nice restaurant. We are enjoying following your travels.
    Maybe some day our paths will cross.
    Linda

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    • Hi Linda. CONGRATS on your Helia. I understand the scary and exciting part. I remember being super anxious for it to arrive and being nervous about if I would like sailing since I didn’t have much experience.
      We have a Breeze Booster wind scoop and we had a “chute” made for it. Basically it is a lightweight nylon material that snaps around the curve of the breeze booster, then attaches to our life lines and the wall of the salon. This does a great job of funneling the air into our cabin. We have the 4 cabin version and we sleep in the aft, port cabin. I’ll try to get a picture to you when the booster and chute are up. Do you have an e-mail I can use?
      Thanks for the suggestions on places to go. We snorkeled at Sandy Island and saw a ton of fish, including about 30 squid that were swimming in a line. Very cool.
      I do hope our paths cross!

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