In the BVI
21 November 2011
We went to the BVI to await our boat's arrival. She arrived finally. Suffice to say that we will limit our use of delivery crews to the minimum in the future. Many lessons were learned and if we use a delivery crew we will know what to ask to mitigate our risks and perform focused interviews of references.
20 November 2011
Over the last 16 hours the boat has moved at 7.2 knots. The average for the trip will be around 5.7 knots. The boat is now within 40 miles of her destination. They will clear customs tomorrow Monday and be in their winter destination around noon. And the trade winds are blowing steadily in the BVIs.
Last day at sea
19 November 2011
The BVIs are now very close. The captain and her crew expect to arrive on Sunday. The speed has continued to pick up as they entered the trade belt at 6.4 knots average.
7 knots now
18 November 2011
The boat is moving very fast now, under reefed main (one reef), reefed jib and staysail. The ride is described as great by the captain... They are moving around 7.2 knots although the day average was around 6.4 knots. Not bad for Echappée.
3.5 days left
17 November 2011
Now the target is getting closer. As the crew let me know, 3 days to go. I believe they will arrive on Monday morning, likely in the wee hours. The speed is relatively constant around 5.5 k. The skipper is keeping Echappée pointed to her destination.
Finally some wind
16 November 2011
15 knots of easterly winds. The boat is moving faster again @5.5 k and most likely under sail. 130 miles today.