EOD Location: Port Louis Marina, St. George's, Grenada
Miles Traveled: 31
Weather: Mostly sunny, breezy (12-18), high-70s
Highlights: Grenada reported the first case of the COVID-19 virus on the island today, so we feel certain of our decision to move to a marina asap. Terry cleaned bottom of boat after breakfast while Amy readied the boat for departure, then we raised anchor at 10AM and had a vigorous sail down to the main island of Grenada, reaching Port Louis Marina around 3PM. Dockage here is "Med-mooring" style, where the stern of the boat is against the pier, and instead of tying up to side docks or pilings, you run bow lines to a mooring ball out in front. The method is fairly simple, but requires assistance from marina personnel in a dinghy. You first secure your bow lines to the front mooring ball, then you reverse back towards the pier, paying out the bow lines as you back up. When you get close, you toss your stern lines to another waiting dock attendant, then adjust position until you have just enough gap where you can comfortably get off the boat. Adjust and secure all the lines, shut down the engines, and you're all set! Took us about 30 minutes to get fully situated, but we finally got settled without scraping the finish off the boats on either side of us, and then went into the office to introduce ourselves and check in. All business was conducted with a 6-foot separation, disinfected pens and credit cards, and no handshakes - what a strange experience, but this will probably be the new normal for the foreseeable future!