After 7 month on the hard at Peakes Yachting Bella was launched on time.
Dwayne who had looked after Bella when on the hard was a tremendous help pointing me in the right direction when I needed help. Made my life so much easier. If you ever plan to keep your boat in Trinidad it is well spent money to have Dwayne looking after your boat. Every two weeks he aired Bella and sent updates with 20+ pictures.
As soon Vickie arrived we sailed to Grenada as we had our friend Billy arriving from London. The crossing is only 75 Nm, but have a bad reputation due to uncombortable sea. It was a bit rolley but nothing worse than sailing in The North Sea. We started our crossing at 6 AM and dropped anchor in Prickly Bay Grenada just before sunset.
After a week of getting up at 0600 to start work on the boat before the sun got to hot, Bella is now ready to be lifted out of the water where she will stay.
The last hurricane on Trinidad was 1932 and we have all our toes and fingers crossed that this season will continue with the normal weather pattern and another season of avoiding the Caribbean hurricanes.
More than keeping our fingers crossed we had to order additional straps and a metal cradle to meet the requirments from the insurance company.
We also hired Dwayne Schuffler to look after Bella in our absence. Dwayne has been very good keeping us informed how Bella is doing.