What’s next for the crew of Sanitas?

So we survived quarantine in St George’s Grenada, though not without a bit of drama. On Day #15, we headed to shore with great anticipation to take our COVID-19 tests. Once we passed, we’d be free to officially clear into the country and to have our freedom of movement back! But… Capt. Mike’s rapid antigen test came back inconclusive, which was treated the same as a positive. So he had to undergo the nasal swab PCR test, and we both had to return to Sanitas to wait three more days for the result. Oh my gosh, I could have divorced him! Those were the hardest three days of the entire quarantine. Of course, he didn’t actually have coronavirus and the test eventually came back negative, but those extra three days of confinement were emotionally very difficult to take.

That’s all behind us now, thank goodness! Now we are free to move Sanitas between Grenada anchorages, and to go ashore at will – with masks and social distancing, of course. Several of you have reached out to ask what’s next for Sanitas and her crew. What are our plans for hurricane season? Keeping in mind that plans are really hard to make in a global pandemic, with things constantly changing….

We are probably going to spend all of hurricane season here in Grenada.

Our original plan was to haul Sanitas and store her in a boatyard while we flew back to the US for the summer. In fact, on Plan A we’d be at a family reunion in Boston right now. Sadly, that got cancelled. (Sound familiar?) In 2020 reality, the international airport in Grenada is still closed, and there are no commercial flights scheduled to or from the United States. Grenada clamped down hard on the virus back in March and as a result, this small island country is currently COVID-free. The government is easing restrictions and gradually reopening the economy, but they’re serious about protecting their citizens and residents, so it’s happening slowly. They will be opening to Carribean regional flights first, then commercial flights from low-risk countries such as Canada, and eventually (hopefully) to high-risk countries such as the United States.

I put quite a bit of effort into renegotiating with our marine insurance company. I wrote a new hurricane plan and begged and pleaded and sweet talked our insurance agent, and finally got permission to keep Sanitas in the water for July and August while still keeping our hurricane insurance coverage. That’s good news, because it means we still have a place to live for those months. In July, we’re living at anchor, exploring Grenada’s southern harbors and bays. For August, we have a reservation for a slip in Port Louis Marina in St George’s. Hurricane season is low season, so an entire month will cost us about $600 plus water and electricity. And speaking of electricity, the J-Dock at Port Louis is the only spot in Grenada with 110 power for American boats. You know what that means – air conditioning! Also, access to marina showers, and a laundry room, and a pool. 😲 It’s just a short bus ride away from beautiful Grand Anse beach, and from the hustle and bustle of downtown St George’s.

For insurance reasons, we still have to store Sanitas on the hard for September and October; the months that are historically more likely for hurricanes to impact this part of the Caribbean. We’ll look for a small apartment to rent during that time, and we’ll do some work on Sanitas in the boat yard. If the Coronavirus situation improves by then and flights resume, we’d love to have the chance to fly home and visit family and friends during that time. But it’s too soon to count on it. Plus, what happens if we successfully make it back to upstate New York and then a fall second wave hits and Grenada closes borders again? We wouldn’t want to be stuck thousands of miles away from our home and all of our belongings, with no place to live and no health insurance for Covid. That feels like it would be a pretty precarious situation, and not one that our retirement savings could handle.

None of this is ideal and we really, really miss our friends and families. Keep posting all those Colorado summer mountain pictures and Florida running group pictures and crazy New York State weather pictures please! But we’ve got everything we need (if not everything we want) and we think we can make it work this summer if we can’t make it home. I hope you all are hanging in there on your Plan B or Plan C or Plan D and are staying safe and healthy and sane through these crazy times! Sending virtual hugs!

9 thoughts on “What’s next for the crew of Sanitas?

  1. Miss you guys too, and we’re all missing travel (no Destination rides!) but knowing we’re all in the same boat helps as we share our Virtual Adventures. This too shall pass and one day we’ll look back and say “Remember when…”. SIGH…

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  2. Summer camp in boulder. Tennis 3 x a week, working from home 10 hours per day fridays off biking, walking and occasional invites to swim at baseline lake no 10 days in the hamptons, broadway shows, thank god I did see Hamilton, no week in Maine at Acadia or dinner at the lost kitchen. Boo hoo hanging in there best I can

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  3. With all your planning, how could you even imagine a pandemic? No one thought we would be so brought down by something like this. After all, we are the United States. Thank goodness you are in a place where you can stay with relative comfort and safety. I can imagine how helpless you feel, but rest assured, we are helpless, lacking in leadership, and looking for help. Take good care of each other. You are admired and we think of you often and wish the best. Keep blogging. It’s fascinating, although recently, rather scary and worrying. xoxoGidge

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  4. So happy to get your update and know you are safe and finally off quarantine! Your blog is so well done and interesting to read. We are fine. As I am sure you know, Florida has increasing Covid so we are masked and mostly on our boat. Best wishes to you and Mike. Jeanne and Bjarne

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    • Thanks for the message! I’m glad to hear that you are staying safe and taking precautions. It does sound crazy there in Florida! I think we do feel safer here at the moment (even though a tropical storm is approaching this weekend 😮) Stay safe and healthy and here’s hoping you can get out and adventure again soon!

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