The sailing season in Grenada and St. Vincent & The Grenadines is year-round; hurricanes rarely bother these islands. The last big exception was Ivan, back in 2004. It’s a popular destination for cruisers to spend hurricane season and has some excellent marine facilities. It is a beautiful, friendly island, with decent infrastructure and a welcoming attitude to tourists. There are good connections to Grenada from the United States and direct flights from Great Britain. Most of the major charter companies have bases in Grenada, and one or two, including Horizon, are also in St Vincent. Next time, we would think about a one-way charter from St Vincent to Grenada. This would allow us to spend more time on Grenada itself, which has some intriguing-looking anchorages. Sailing conditions are governed by the northeast trades, which often blow in the 20s, making for some boisterous passages between the islands. They certainly provided us with some epic sailing; in terms of sailing pleasure this area knocks the BVI out of the ballpark. The island’s tourism authority, Pure Grenada (grenadagrenadines.com) is a good source of information on the island, its people and the multiplicity of things to do there. We spent our first and last nights staying at the friendly waterside True Blue Bay resort (truebluebay. com) next door to the marina, with two swimming pools, a choice of apartments and a popular restaurant and bar, The Dodgy Dock. We chartered with Horizon Yacht Charters (horizonyachtcharters.com).