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The Jackson Four on Tour
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It's difficult to leave Antigua!
02/26/2011, Antigua - still!

When we arrived in Antigua, we said to a 9 year old boat kid that we thought we'd be here for a week. He replied "thats what YOU think. We've been here for two and a half years." And I have to admit, it's quite hard to leave! We enjoyed sailing round to Jolly Harbour, getting more experienced with dropping our anchor, and then coming back to English Harbour. Mark and I are in agreement that we are abit lazy when it comes to sailing. If we are going to sail then we want to GO somewhere - like another country. It's all abit of a faff pulling up the anchor, stowing everything away, just for a couple of hour jaunt around the coast and then spending a couple of hours wondering if our anchor is holding before venturing ashore! The kids' swimming has really improved just with them jumping off the back of the boat. Lochy is in twitching heaven, with all the different species of bird there is to see, both on the coast and in the rainforest. And finally, we have met loads of boat kids, which has been great for the kids and for us - lots of beach excursions, a birthday party and exposure to French.
We said goodbye to Alan who went off on the RORC 600 race with the big boys and then said hello to him again when he came back 4 days later, but he is no longer on our boat and we are back to being just the Jackson Four - we shall miss his moans and groans in the morning "I'm not a morning person" and I shall miss thrashing him at Backgammon!!
We have found our routine with school again after a weeks holiday and the kids have enjoyed going to the Nelson Dockyard museum and learning about how he was shipped home in a barrel of French Brandy!
We are going to be heading down South soon - once our trampoline is back on having been repaired - maybe Guadeloupe, Martinique, St Lucia etc. So if anyone wants to visit, just name their island.....!

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PS We arrived!!
02/09/2011, Antigua!!

Oops! I forgot to say - yes - we did arrive! At 1.30am on 8/2/11 we dropped anchor. All the advice is not to go into a strange port in the dark and we weren't sure if we were going to have to hang around til morning, but after we had scoped the entrance a couple of times, we were lucky to see another yacht enter the harbour, so we slipped in behind and then found a suitable anchorage. Sipped bubbly once we had ensured the anchor had bitten and sat around quite incredulous that we had actually stopped moving!! Antigua is lovely. We are enjoying the rest before tidying up the boat! We were really sad to say goodbye to Chloe who has landed on her feet with a lovely job/accomodation. Alan has paid his backgammon debts and we are looking forward to celebrating Mia's birthday tomorrow. Thank you, everyone for all your comments and best wishes, Blogs will more than likely be less frequent now I am on dry land!! Love, Cath xxx

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02/11/2011 | rose marie crolla
glad of your safe arrival.plenty to celebrate. hope you find your land legs quickly. A BIG HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO MIA XXX. love to you all enjoy your relaxation. ps the schools here are on a long weekend fri through to wed. so i hope mia and lochy gfet some hols too. xx rose marie
02/12/2011 | David and Vera
Hi to the Jackson 4
Congrats on your great achievement so far. Many happy returns, Catherine and Mia. Sorry the greetings are late but we only got back from Cambodia yesterday and were able to read your blog. We look forward to your updates.
Lots of love from David, Vera and family in Kent
Land Ahoy!

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!!

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

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?

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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