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NELSONS DOCKYARD ANTIGUA
Paul Foskett
26/12/2011, Passage To Antigua

We have arrived in Nelson's Dockyard on the 19 December 2011 for Christmas.

Arrived Jolly Harbour
Paul Foskett
14/12/2011, Passage To Antigua

Position 17 03.937N 061 53.046W

We have arrived at the anchorage at the entrance to Jolly Harbour at 17.15 local time .

Have now moved to our marina berth

Trip blog to follow as we now have WI-FI

Day 16
Paul Foskett
12/12/2011, Passage To Antigua

Position 17 03.43N 060 46.37W

Day 16 on the 12th December 2011

From 12.00 UTC on the 11th, to Noon on the 12th December, distance travelled Noon to noon run was 168 miles (log 10844)

Distance to go to just south of the island is 56 miles.

24 hour sailing report

The wind speed varied again from 3 knots up to 10 knots during the last 24 hours. We have gone from sailing to motor sailing, back to sailing, back to motor sailing, and finally back to motor sailing again. As you can see the last 24 hours has been very variable.

We have had rain squalls all night of the 11t / 12th, most passing directly over us!!!

The weather gods have given us a spectacular firework display for our last night at sea on route to Antigua. The displays when they are miles away are spectacular enough, but when they are directly overhead they are unbelievable.

The latest weather forecast gives very little wind for the next 18 hours, so we will continue to motor sailing.

It looks like we will be just off the coast of Antigua at sunset today, (sunset local time is 17.20 Local time is UTC (GMT) - 5 hours) so we will be anchoring for the night and enter Jolly Harbour in the morning of the 13th December 2011.

Not much wild life again day today, just flying fish and a few sea birds.

We are now sailing in company with three other boats, Moin a German boat about 40 feet long, and Marite 111 also 40 feet and Karacool the 53 foot CAT who is also one of our group boats.

Karacool arrive yesterday.

Moin is about 149 miles behind with Marita 111 about 116 miles behind us.

Hopefully my next posting will be news of our arrival.

Day 15
Paul Foskett
11/12/2011, Passage To Antigua

Position 17 13.21N 058 30.31W

Day 15 on the 11th December 2011

From 12.00 UTC on the 0th, to Noon on the 11th December, distance travelled Noon to noon run was 156 miles (log 10676)

Distance to go to just south of the island is 186miles.

24 hour sailing report

The wind speed varied from 3 knots up to 10 knots during the last 24 hours. We have gone from sailing to motor sailing, back to sailing, back to motor sailing, and finally back to motor sailing again. As you can see the last 24 hours has been very variable.

We have had rain squalls all this morning 11h, some passing directly over us and other missing us.

The latest weather forecast gave little wind for the last 24 hours and the same for the next 48 hours.

So the last 24 hours has been a combination of sailing and motor sailing. This has made the sailing /motoring slow again, as can be seen in the noon to noon distance.

We had to make one of those decisions today, which was not that difficult to make in view of the predicted wind speeds over the next 48 hours.

The decision was to try sailing with a boat speed of 3 to 4 knots and spend two more nights at sea before getting to Antigua, or motor sailing and only have to spend one more night at sea. A most difficult decision as you can imagine!!! Well which do you think we have plumped for?

Well motor sailing won outright.

So with a bit of luck we should be in Antigua either anchored or tied up within the next 36 hour. I will keep you posted on the next blog.

Not much wild life again day today, just flying fish and a few sea birds.

We are now sailing in company with three other boats, Moin a German boat about 40 feet long, and Marite 111 also 40 feet and Karacool the 53 foot CAT who is also one of our group boats.

We all left within about an hour of each other. Karacool is now 171 miles ahead of us in Oyster Moon. They can now see Antigua and should be in Jolly Harbour later this morning or early afternoon. What a great sail from Karacool.

Moin is about 139 miles behind with Marita 111 about 113 miles behind us.

More news on the next noon report

Day 14
Paul Foskett
10/12/2011, Passage To Antigua

Position 17 20.99N 056 13.75W

Day 14 on the 10th December 2011

From 12.00 UTC on the 9th, to Noon on the 10th December, distance travelled Noon to noon run was 168 miles (log 10520)

Distance to go to just south of the island is 317 miles.

24 hour sailing report

The wind speed varied from 3 knots up to 33 knots during the last 24 hours. We have gone from sailing to motor sailing, back to sailing, back to motor sailing, and finally back to sailing again. As you can see the last 24 hours has been very variable.

We have had rain squalls all day and night, some passing directly over us and other missing us.

The rain during the squalls was incredibly heavy, and had the effect due to its intensity of flattening the sea for a short period until it passed.

The latest weather forecast gave little wind for the last 24 hours and the same for the next 48 hours. How can they get it so wrong, as from about 2000 hours on the 9th we have had winds from 20 to 33 knots.

So the last 24 hours has been a combination of sailing and motor sailing. This has made the sailing /motoring slow again, as can be seen in the noon to noon distance.

Not much wild life again day today, just flying fish and a few sea birds.

We are now sailing in company with three other boats, Moin a German boat about 40 feet long, and Marite 111 also 40 feet and Karacool the 53 foot CAT who is also one of our group boats.

We all left within about an hour of each other. Karacool is now 169 miles ahead of us in Oyster Moon. Moin is about 136 miles behind with Marita 111 about 107 miles behind us.

More news on the next noon report

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