Falklands to Barbados 2012

Vessel Name: Cutting Edge
Vessel Make/Model: Bowman 48
Hailing Port: Southampton
Crew: Carl Freeman, Betty Romo and Tim Thorogood
About:
Originally from Australia, Carl has lived in the Falklands for over 30 years. He arrived on his and his wife Dianne's yacht in 1980 having sailed from New Zealand around the Horn. [...]
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30 May 2012 | Atlantic Shores Barbados
30 May 2012 | Barbados (ashore!)
26 May 2012 | Barbados
23 May 2012 | En route to Barbados
21 May 2012 | En route to Barbados
12 May 2012 | Degrand des Cannes, Cayenne, Guyanese Francaise
12 May 2012 | Degrand des Cannes, Cayenne, Guyanese Francaise
12 May 2012 | Iles du Salut, Guyane Francaise
10 May 2012 | South Atlantic
07 May 2012 | South Atlantic
07 May 2012 | South Atlantic
01 May 2012 | South Atlantic
01 May 2012 | South Atlantic
30 April 2012 | South Atlantic
29 April 2012 | South Atlantic
28 April 2012 | South Atlantic
27 April 2012 | South Atlantic
26 April 2012 | South Atlantic
25 April 2012 | South Atlantic
23 April 2012 | South Atlantic
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30 May 2012 | Atlantic Shores Barbados

5 days to reflect

The sight of Barbados as it appeared out of the clouds was one of the best sights I can remember, not only for it's beauty, but at the thought of being on dry land very soon!

30 May 2012 | Barbados (ashore!)

Reflections

Well, we're now getting settled in to our new home (31A Sunrise Street, Atlantic Shores, Christ Church, Barbados) which has included stripping Cutting Edge of most of her stores, all our personal gear which she was transporting and also many of the tools she carried.

26 May 2012 | Barbados

Arrived!

Dear All,

23 May 2012 | En route to Barbados

We're starting to smell the coconuts

We are now about 260 miles from Barbados.

21 May 2012 | En route to Barbados

Final leg

We are now en route to Barbados having left Isle du Salut this morning. We had some excitement as we left our mooring as the boat got stuck in reverse and speeding towards the shore only about 50 meters away. Fortunately by steering really hard over (in reverse) we managed to do a circle without hitting the shore and worked our way out of the harbour in this eccentric fashion (boat is not great to steer in reverse). Eventually we dropped anchor and investigated to find that the transmission control cable had simply sheered off. We've set off anyway as we can work the gears from the transmission housing though that involves running below, not practical for a mooring in Barbados with only two crew. Hopefully we can develop a work around in the meantime. Our other problem right now is that the wind is from the North! It's good though to be only 590 nm from our final destination and we are busy talking through our first few days in Barbados. We plan to have Cutting Edge lifted out pretty much straight away (there is no real marina). Anyway, let's see how we get on over the next couple of days, at this rate we'll be in Trinidad (due to wind direction) ......

12 May 2012 | Degrand des Cannes, Cayenne, Guyanese Francaise

Yippee

We are delighted to be safely anchored in the Fleuve Mahury, French Guiana, just adjacent to the port of Degrand des Cannes, the port of Cayenne.

5 days to reflect

30 May 2012 | Atlantic Shores Barbados
Wonderful!
The sight of Barbados as it appeared out of the clouds was one of the best sights I can remember, not only for it's beauty, but at the thought of being on dry land very soon!

The voyage for me was a personal achievement, but not one I would want to repeat. That said given the choice again, I would still make the journey. The night watches were tedious, long and demanding for the two of us, but we stood up to the challenge well. The constant movement and unexpected big waves made most things, including those considered straightforward on dry land, hard work and often eventful.
The stops at various locations were vital to re-coup energy levels, but were also amazing as we visited places we would not go to as a tourist.

Cutting Edge is a wonderful boat and she looked after us well. Other than some relatively minor repairs she looks in good shape, better than me if I'd been battered by the sea for 8,000.
I am very pleased to be in a nice ‘still’ bed every night without Tim waking me to call me for my watch or seek assistance as a ship had crept up on him!

Barbados is beautiful, warm weather, gentle winds, turquoise sea and golden sand, what more can a girl want!

Thanks to everyone for their comments on the blog and e-mails throughout the voyage.

I will add some photos soon, but hopefully the arrival photo I've added will give you a flavour of our life in Barbados

Love to everyone
Alison x
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