After two months of sailing between the Caribbean islands, the boaters quebec always on site finally have a new option to return home.
Of calm nature, the boater Denis Bolduc has certainly benefited from the quality to face the last few weeks. Since mid-march, when the borders of the majority of the islands of the Caribbean have closed, the skipper navigates in a no-man’s land until the situation is corrected a few days ago.
At the height of the crisis, without home port, and for lack of a better option, the single-handed sailor had taken the decision to go join friends boaters who were in Union Island, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines.
Except that Mr. Bolduc had “no papers” and in fear constantly of being expelled from the bay in which it was housed by the coast guard.
Fortunately, “the customs passed, but they never really made an audit,” says the one who still lived the same stress. Mr. Bolduc, who wanted to travel to Granada is finally remained two months in the bay of the island of Union, taking advantage of friends who could go ashore to get supplies.
It was only in mid-may that a association making a link between the boaters and the government has allowed the establishment of a protocol to accommodate the sailboats. A first window between 20 and 22 may be opened to allow boaters to drop anchor in Grenada in all legality.
Denis Bolduc has therefore been 10 hours of sailing at dawn on may 20 to get to the marina of Saint-Georges-time. “They took my temperature, checked with the registration list and placed a yellow flag of quarantine on the boat,” says the one who was able to dock a few minutes.
The boater would then have to go in a specified area of the bay delimited by GPS points. “They asked to provide the kick for the supply,” says the Montrealer.
Back on 6 July
This last is, therefore, the anchor for the past 10 days in the company of thirty other boaters who must do a quarantine of 14 days. “I’m talking only one,” laughed the one who is excited that his confinement ends next Wednesday.
Mr. Bolduc, who initially had a return ticket for may 1st, will finally resumed commercial flights of Air Canada, which has scheduled a flight first of the 3 July to the see the 6 of July.
By then, if all goes well, Mr. Bolduc will benefit from the déconfinement to go see friends who reside in Granada before preparing his boat for the hurricane season.
Another skipper from quebec, Seric, with which The Journal was maintained to mid-April, provides for him to travel to Granada in another window, or between 10 and 12 June. This last has preferred to remain in St Vincent and the Grenadines where it was a rule with few restrictions.
It also has a ticket for the flight scheduled for 6 July. “Everyone is trying to take the first flight, we cannot wait to be back home,” he said.