|Vessel Make/Model:||Hinckley 51|
|Hailing Port:||Marion, MA|
We arrived to Antigua on a smooth close hauled sail with light wind around 10kn. Clearing customs was super easy because they use an online system and I had already entered all the information required. At the dock, we met other boats that they were in the same plan than us but the marina was surprisingly empty. It seems that we beat most of the boats traveling to Antigua. The season is just starting and there were at least 100 boats on the hard. The crew helped me with a thorough cleaning of the boat and flew back home next day. After laundry, I went to introduce myself to two other OCC boats, Mermaid and Sweet Dreams. Actually, I had met Sweet Dreams few years ago in Croatia. They came for dinner on Vivaldi to share stories and to help me to empty the fridge. It’s nice to find friends at places where you sail.
The past days have been delightful. Wind from the beam 10 to 15 kn, moving along at 7 kn. Not too sunny, not too cloudy. Last night, it was a little bit more uncomfortable since it got more humid and the wind picked up into the 20's and Vivaldi was playing the waves more animated. Few days ago, we got a nice dorado. It was filleted and eaten that night. We also got a stowaway that rode with us for few hours. It was a Snowy Egret that somehow landed on our boat for an afternoon rest. At night, it flew away to end its journeyÉ We have been eating well, not sure if we lost weight. Last night, we had a earthy meal of beef stew with a cream mushroom sauce that it was good but heavy. It should have been eaten at a table with a nice red wine and not, on wild jumping vessel. The rest of the ride to Antigua looks pretty good, fast and dry.
Our routine has settled since several days. We are on 3hr daylight watch and 2 hr night watch. It means that during the day, we stand watch for 3 hrs; during the night, we stand watch 2 hrs. During the night, we show up for our watch half an hour earlier, get some snacks, chat for a while and then, remain alone in the darkness looking at the sails, wind, waves, moon and stars and our book. In this part of the ocean, it's very lonely so there are no ships crossing or passing by. There are several sailing boats doing the same passage but we don't see or hear them. During the day, we fix things, clean the boat, take a shower here and there, socialize and fix all the problems of the world, eat, nap and read. Given the calm weather, I have been able to cook and we have had Pork with mushroms cream sauce, or Tilapias on lemon butter sauce, or Barley stew, or just salad and sandwiches; today, we will have pizza for lunch. Few of us have a beer or two and the day goes by..