|We are on the island located under the bottom orange line|
We've got Tropical Storm Chantal barreling this way and several of the weather prediction models have it passing not too far from - if not directly over - us. This is no bueno. While we have made our way south, we are still north of what is considered "safe" from hurricanes by most insurance companies which means we are at a risk. We knew this and understood the risks we were taking cruising in these waters the last five weeks. We've been watching weather closely and this weather system, which has been on the radar for a while (though not as a tropical storm) was a huge reason we made our big push south. Despite this, we are still not in the clear which is a little unnerving for a worry-wart like me. Of course there is a chance that the storm will pass to the north of us and we'll experience nothing more than wind gusts to 35 knots and some gnarly rain, but mother nature has a way of throwing curve balls and, according to the weather man, we should prepare for the worst - wind of 65 knots or more and a torrential downpour.
We considered making a run further south today but decided against it. We are in a safe harbor, our anchor is firmly set and we're setting a second just to be safe. We might even have a third on deck just in case. As one Facebook follower said, "It's always better to be ready and have it fizzle, than to expect a fizzle and get a BOOM..." I couldn't agree more. So we'll keep our eyes on this system and prep ourselves and our boat as best we can. We're in a safe and protected anchorage and we should ride this out just fine. I'll tell you one thing though, it's going to be a sleepless night and I'm looking forward to this being over and getting to our safe-haven of Grenada in the next week or so. We're thinking of all our friends to the north...