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2004 Hurricane Season - The Damage and the Recovery

As this issue went to press, there was still all too much of the 2004 hurricane season to come. Florida is currently receiving its fourth battering in six weeks, the Bahamas a second, while Grenada is only just re-establishing communication in the aftermath of Ivan.

We know that 90 per cent of homes and hundreds of boats in Grenada were damaged and that the insurance cost in Florida is expected to reach $10 billion. Also confirmed are the deaths of two yachtsmen in Grenada out of a total of 37 on the island, and an appalling 1,500 deaths in Haiti.

In response to numerous requests from readers and cruisers across the Caribbean, we are providing a concise digest of contact information and boat and marina updates.

The following yachts were sunk, however:

Adelaide B, Bear Necessity, Coyote, Enchantress II, Georgia, Heartland, Island Moon, Lagopal, Lajobal, Magic, Majestic, Marilda, Merlin, Motu #4, Nemisia, Sardinia, Scaramouche, Sea Dream 1, Silandra IV, Split Second, Swan Song.

To contact Marinas and Boatyards:

Clarks Court Bay Marina

Main dock broke in half as the eye of the storm passed directly over. Badly damaged.

Tel: (473) 439-2593
Fax: (473) 439-3243
Email: [email protected]

Grenada Marine

31 out of 200 boats stored were pushed over, according to Manager Jason Fletcher.

Tel: (473) 443-1667

Email: [email protected]

Martins Marina

No news but plenty of rumour, to the concern of many worried boaters.
Tel: 473 444-4449
Fax: 473 444-2090
Email:[email protected]

Spice Island Marine

Utterly battered. Some 40 boats toppled and damaged. Office relocated temporarily to Trinidad.

Tel: 473 444-4342 / 4257
Fax: 473 444-4342 / 4257
Email: [email protected]


True Blue

Fared better than most and bounced back quickly.

Tel:(473) 439 1000

[email protected]


For other information, keep checking the excellent updated by cruisers and islanders.


Some good news:

The 2004 Carriacou Sailing Series will take place as scheduled, writes Jerome McQuilkin, Vice President of the Trinidad and Tobago Sailing Association, with some of the funds now being earmarked for the boating community in Grenada. The event, now in its sixth year, will take place at Tyrell Bay Marina from November 10 to 13. Racing will take place in five classes, with free stern-to anchoring and a free breakfast buffet included in the $50 entry fee.

For further information, contact the Grenada Yacht Club on [email protected] or the Trinidad and Tobago Sailing Association on [email protected]

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