EOD Location: Caribbean Sea, en route to Grenada
Miles Traveled: 102
Weather: Mostly sunny, breezy (12-18), high-70s
Highlights: The comm networks have been full of news about the COVID-19 virus, and especially as it relates to cruisers such as ourselves, lots of discussions about new immigration restrictions, quarantine periods, and even possible border closings, so we've decided to shorten our leisurely trip south, and instead get to Grenada (our final most-southern destination) as soon as possible. With that decision made, we went into town around 10AM to clear out and then head south to Martinique, bypassing our planned next destination of Dominica altogether. Immigration office was open only for clearing out, and we had to wait outside the office while they processed our papers, but we finally got our passports and departure forms back all properly stamped. We stopped by the grocery store, but found very long lines, found an ATM to get some cash, then back to the boats and raised anchor around 11AM. Had a nice sail south across the channel and into the lee of Dominica, but along the way, we heard on the VHF that The Saintes had closed their harbors and weren't allowing any new arrivals. Fearing additional restrictions coming soon, we decided to bypass Martinique, sail through the night, and try to get directly to Grenada before dark the next day, a total of about 210 NM and estimated arrival time of 6PM.