13-Dec-2007, Jolly Harbour, Antigua
We finally did arrive at Jolly Harbour at approx. 1330 local yesterday (Wed, 12DEC)... very nice place, very nice to be on land again and see the other rally boats & crews. Unfortunately, Peter had to leg it last night already to catch his flight back to the UK - 26 days at sea and 6 hours at the destination, that's got to be some kind of a record... Very nice to meet Ralf here who will be staying with us until Sunday. Today will mostly be taken up with cleaning up and then it will take a couple of days to "decompress" - right now it still feels as if we had just arrived here after a long day sail... In any case: everyone is well, Antigua is beautiful (I forgot how nice the Caribbean can be...) and we look forward to a relaxing week at Jolly Harbour. Pictures and movies to follow later - stay tuned
Land in sight!!Markus
We raised Antigua (or a land mass that we hope to be Antigua) at 0815 local this morning and will have English Harbour abeam in one hour with an ETA at Jolly Harbour, our destination here, at 1500 local today. Another good 24 hr run with 147 nm on the log finally saved us and we hope to make happy hour tonight!
The Home Stretch (so we hope)!Markus
11-Dec-2007, 17d 18m N 059d 51m W
After some favorable winds and keeping the "pedal to the metal" for the past 36 hrs we now hope to be in Antigua tomorrow (Wednesday) late afternoon. The final sprint is taking a bit of a toll on boat and crew especially with having had to hand steer in big and confused seas with the boat going 7+ knots. Doing a 3-hour shift of that at night leaves you somewhat jaded especially while it is hard to get decent sleep during the off-watch as the boat is tossed around in the waves. Anyway, Jolly Harbour in Antigua is now (111600DEC boat time =3D utc-4) only 130 nm away and we are sure looking forward to arrival after 26 days at sea! Next update from Antigua - stay tuned...
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