Antigua, An-tea-ga, can you believe it?
22 January 2010 | Jolly Harbor, Antigua
Sailors dream of that perfect passage, the one where everything happens just right, well today was very close to that perfect passage. We left Barbuda this morning around 07:30; we were up to listen in on Chris Parker's weather briefing but the propagation on the SSB was poor. I went online and checked Wind Guru and it looked as though the wind would be 15 to 17 ESE with moderate seas. That seemed pretty good to us so we hoisted the outboard off the dinghy, emptied it of all our stuff, double tied it, hoisted the anchor, pulled out the main and we were off.
Just pass Nine Foot Reef we pulled out the jib and we took off. 199 degrees magnetic with the true wind just behind our beam at about 11 knots. Very quickly Lucky Bird was up to 8.5 to 9.2 knots. We were truck'in. I set the autopilot, turned on the watermaker and we were good to go. Thirty miles to Antigua.
The rain squalls of the previous two days were gone, bright sun, seas running four to six feet on the beam and we were two very happy campers. Our watermaker and autopilot were a bit much though for our wind generator so I fired up our trusty Honda generator; now we were set. Lucky Bird was sailing herself, we were making over 8.5 knots on our rumb line and we were making water to beat the band. Life is good when it all comes together.
We arrived in Antigua around noon and had decided to clear-in in Jolly Harbor on the west side of the island. We rolled the jib then the main and powered into the inner harbor fully expecting that the $15.00 per night moorings would be all taken. Nope, there was one just waiting for us, so tonight there will be no rocking and rolling, that is wave induced ha ha, aboard Lucky Bird. Tomorrow will will clear-in, rent a car and take off to get to know Antigua. Next week there is a Super Yacht Regatta we want to see. This is a beautiful island, so different from Barbuda.
On the way down we could see Montserrat and the volcanic flows. That island's volcano is very active and we could see the plums of ash. We will vist there next after we've convinced ourselves we have gotten under the covers of Antigua.
We have turned the corner and are heading south, we'll visit all the Leeward Islands and then the Windwards. So much to experience, so much to enjoy.
Oh my, it's time for a refill, bye!!