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First Morning
06/03/2008, 42 12.53'N 68 50.3'W

Good morning. First night at sea and all went pretty much OK. Ellen MacArthur has gone up in all our estimations. Perfect intro to Atlantic sailing (ish). We had to motor for fist 45 miles/ 12 hours and, about 04:20, just as we were getting wind; 10kn from south east, the engine temp alarm sounded. We shut down, put up the rags and have been sailing in calm seas and now sunshine for last 5 hours. Everyone is happy, Phil is about to look at the engine (poor man is now Dan the engineer). Forecast for today is 10kn form SW dropping to 5 tomorrow then 25 on 5th.Bacon and eggs for brekky, Ian in the master suite watching a movie. All going great, boat is running well.

Boston-Azores-Oban
06/02/2008, Boston

So far we made it out of Boston harbour 3 times. Hopefully we won't have to turn back again. Other than pushed for time I suppose all has gone quite smoothly given we've taken an unused boat off the hard after 18 months, tossed it in the water and left 48 hours later. We've been up since 7am and worked all day, had a shower and headed out. Ian and Dougie on watch in ½ hour while Phil and I sleep. (Dougie slept all afternoon while Phil worked).

Antigua
31/12/1969

Antigua. A beach for every day of the year or so they say.

We landed in Guadeloupe about 2 pm yesterday with just enough time for a wander ashore around the village of Deshaise. Not much has changed since we were here last three years ago other than it is now the location for "Murder in Paradise"

We didn't see any stars nor indeed any sign of the set. When they are filming they must really do a hollywood on the town.

Guadeloupe is French so we had another pastry and cafe au lait and then twitched all night from the unaccustomed dose of caffeine.

Up with the dawn at 6 we upped anchor and off'd into the wild for the 40 miles to Jolly Harbour on Antigua. 40 miles back in the Atlantic swell in a steady 27-30 knots. Wild and pretty wet but fast.

Back in our "press on" mode we are here for the night before an 04:00 start to make St Barts in time for pastry. 70 miles probay in the same conditions. Not muck looking forward to the way back after the regatta. Seemed like a good idea at the time! 10 miles upwind. Yuck.

The Trade Winds are really blowing this year and every day is over 20 knots. Usually around the 25+ mark. Great fast sailing....as long as you're going downhill.

Anne is just finishing the Monty Python inspired customs and immigration process and then were off for a late lunch/early dinner before an early night ahead of tomorrow's dash.

Pressing On
31/12/1969, Antigua

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Antigua. A beach for every day of the year or so they say.

We landed in Guadeloupe about 2 pm yesterday with just enough time for a wander ashore around the village of Deshaise. Not much has changed since we were here last three years ago other than it is now the location for "Murder in Paradise"

We didn't see any stars nor indeed any sign of the set. When they are filming they must really do a hollywood on the town.

Guadeloupe is French so we had another pastry and cafe au lait and then twitched all night from the unaccustomed dose of caffeine.

Up with the dawn at 6 we upped anchor and off'd into the wild for the 40 miles to Jolly Harbour on Antigua. 40 miles back in the Atlantic swell in a steady 27-30 knots. Wild and pretty wet but fast.

Back in our "press on" mode we are here for the night before an 04:00 start to make St Barts in time for pastry. 70 miles probay in the same conditions. Not muck looking forward to the way back after the regatta. Seemed like a good idea at the time! 10 miles upwind. Yuck.

The Trade Winds are really blowing this year and every day is over 20 knots. Usually around the 25+ mark. Great fast sailing....as long as you're going downhill.

Anne is just finishing the Monty Python inspired customs and immigration process and then were off for a late lunch/early dinner before an early night ahead of tomorrow's dash.



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