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Land Ahoy!
Catherine
02/08/2011

wake up at 4am this morning for my watch to find the boat has been decorated by Chloe and the kids with Birthday posters and banners and I receive my homemade cards and prezzies when they wake up - a picture from Lochy and a friendship bracelet and homemade hand sewn bag from Mia. This has been probably the longest birthday ever as we have been counting down the miles from 100. 20 miles to go now and the lighthouse on the end of Antigua is in view and a white glow has appeared on the horizon. We should be in in about 3 hours which brings us in just before midnight - so I did arrive on my birthday after all!! Alan and I played our last backgammon game today - double or quits - as I was 200 beers ahead. He lost. He has promised me a bottle of nice bubbly, but I think I want the 400 beers!!

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02/09/2011 | rose marie crolla
congratulations on your safe arrival.happy birthday to cathrine and hope you gain your land legs before you lose them. lot of love to you all. rose marie and gang xxx
Romping home!!
Catherine
02/06/2011

With winds of 30-35 knots and the swell behind us it feels like were surfing all the way to Antigua now.We've made great progress in the last 24 hours. The question is will we get there on Catherines birthday after all? If we do it will probably be after the pubs are closed but the bubbly is in the chiller now for us to celebrate our arrival.We thought uncle auto was on his last legs a couple of nights ago but we found the booster setting and he's now turbo'd up and he's coping great now.Uncle auto had a break today and we hand steered for the day which was novel.The upside of the new improved turbo auto is he's working well, the down side is he uses more juice, keeps Chloe awake at night and tries to chop your hand off with the steering wheel spokes as you try to make adjustments.The next big question is whether our last gas bottle will last till Antigua or will we be on tuc biscuits and angle delight for the last day? Position: 17 14 460N 58 56 600W

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02/08/2011 | Nikki M
Let me be the first to congratulate you on your successful crossing.
My AIS alarm went off in the middle of the night letting me know that you were finally in sight of land.
And Happy Birthday, too.
Gybe, gybe, tack tack gybe
Catherine
02/05/2011

Blimey! It's been squall city in the Atlantic, with gusts of up to 40 knots - which is fine as it's on our bum. It's been a day of gybing - some intentional, some accidental - Chloe gets the record for the most gybes in a watch - some intentional, some accidental! And it's been raining and raining and raining. Alan, however, managed to get a shower in it so he has been eliminated from the curious smell emanating from the port side - we have tracked it down to the bilges as a result of defrosting the fridge; but it was very close to Alan's bunk, so he was a suspect for a while!! We are trying to dry out our kit so as not to have too uncomfortable a night. Alan, Mark and I are hoping for more sleep as it was 3 men on for most of last night. A beautiful full rainbow on the bow today, but no pot of gold floating at the end, which was very close to our boat. Pos'n 17.25.90N 53.54.90W

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02/06/2011 | Annette
HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!! Here's to you, girl!!! love the blog. Congratulations. Sounds as though sand between the toes and an iced P.C. are but a day away. I am sooo chuffed for the J4 + 2. Well done crew. M and L can definately cash in on an early half-term hol. We'll be hitting the slopes. Slightly different apparel. Keep writing, love from all G-Cs. Will show Fairy God-daughter blog tomorrow. Ax
02/06/2011 | Samba
You guys are doing amazingly! We have been avidly following your blog (along with Eol) and we discuss your progress daily as are all in Las Palmas. Hoping you get there very soon, and Happy Birthday! We are setting sail tomorrow, and are just about ready...hope the rainy weather doesn't come to greet us too, but we will certainly be keeping the oilies close to hand! All the best, Mel, Pete, Luke & Samxxxx
Sushi, anyone?
Catherine
02/04/2011

If we are going to catch another mahi mahi, why not in a 40 knot squall in the pouring rain??!! At least Chloe has something to cook tonight - fillet of mahi mahi and sushi for starters. Yum! I think we are going to be arriving on the 8th now, so I'll just have to celebrate my birthday a day late, but the winds are in the wrong direction for Antigua, so we are zig-zagging our way there, a little slowly. Pos'n 17.29.66N 52.24.37W

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Bikinis away
Catherine
02/03/2011

Well, we've had to put the bikinis away and are back to our foulies as the sky has been grey and rainy for 2 days now. Even the moon hasn't bothered to put in an appearance, only rising at 6.30am - what's the point?! The sea continues to amaze me; now it's a charcoal grey to match the sky, but when the waves break, there's an amazing turquoisey bit at the top. More birds have been putting in an appearance - where do they come from?! Chloe got a flying fish on her lap during her last watch and we continue to throw a couple off the boat every day. Hitchhikers. I'm so chuffed with the way Chloe has mucked in during this sail. Having never sailed before, she is now putting reefs in the sails with the best of us. I tell you something, I can't imagine doing this sail with just the two of us - it would be so knackering. Having two extra crew has been an absolute blessing - highly recommended!! Probably saved Mark and I from divorce just having me not being sleep deprived. So, thank you Alan and Chloe!!

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Are we there yet?
Catherine
02/02/2011

I think we are all having a can-we-just-get-on-and-get-there couple of days. It's quite lumpy and, I don't know about the others, but the French boat sped past us, which made me feel peed off, even though it was about a 60 foot catamaran with shiny new sails (yes, it got that close we could see!) We've lost two lures now as we are probably going too fast to catch anything, or what we have caught has been so big it's just bitten the lure right through. So, we are on (still very delicious) vegetarian cooking. We tried to avoid being on a goosewing (very rolly point of sail) but ended up a bit too far North, so are back to goosewinging - very good for the stomach muscles. One thing keeping me amused though is that Mark has turned into an upside down head - his beard is now longer than his crew cut, which makes me giggle every time I see him!

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02/03/2011 | Taryn Gordon
LOL - can just hear Al doing the French chat.. He is V competitive, try him on connect 4! Clearly losing the fishing comp thou :) Hope you all enjoy your last few days and enjoy the beer under the tree when you arrive!

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