Neverland Journey

22 December 2019 | 12 30.5'N:70 01.8'W, Oranjestad, Aruba
21 December 2019 | 12 25.5'N:68 43.1'W, north of Curacao
21 December 2019 | 12 47.8'N:67 36.2'W, at sea
20 December 2019 | 13 18.87'N:66 26.99'W, at sea
20 December 2019 | 13 36.2'N:65 20.6'W, at sea
19 December 2019 | 13 38.9'N:64 23.7'W, at sea
19 December 2019 | 14 01.9'N:63 01.2'W, at sea
18 December 2019 | 14 23.3'N:61 41.6'W, at sea
17 December 2019 | 14 30.2'N:61 05.3'W, Martinique
16 December 2019 | 14 26.5'N:60 53.1'W, St Anne, Martinique
12 December 2019 | 14 04.85'N:60 57.8'W, Rodney Bay, St Lucia
05 December 2019 | 14 10.9'N:56 24.4'W, 250 miles to go
29 November 2019 | 14 25.2'N:42 59.6'W, middle of ocean
28 November 2019 | 14 29.4'N:40.14.3 06.01'W, middle of ocean
25 November 2019 | 15 35.65'N:33 06.01'W, middle of ocean
21 November 2019 | 16 53.4'N:24 595'W, Mindelo, Cape Verde
21 November 2019 | 16 54.5'N:25 00.4'W, Mindelo, Cape Verde
15 November 2019 | 19 26.3'N:23 04.3'W, Somewhere between Grand Canary and Cape Verde
14 November 2019 | 21 22.7'N:22 10.6'W, Somewhere between Grand Canary and Cape Verde
13 November 2019 | 23 16.8'N:20 00.5'W, Somewhere between Grand Canary and Cape Verde

Cape Verde to St Lucia (part 4)

05 December 2019 | 14 10.9'N:56 24.4'W, 250 miles to go
Mike
We realized I haven�'t posted a blog since Thanksgiving and we are into day 15 of our Atlantic crossing. We are getting excited because we have less than 48 hours to go. Our thinking is going to the to-do list for arrival and the other activities available for us. Of course, sailing and management of the boat continues.

This has been a downwind run almost the entire distance. Rodney Bay is on the west side of St Lucia and we will therefore need to secure everything in the cabin for the final upwind approach. The forecast is calling for 15 knot on Saturday so it should be a pretty good sail into the harbor and across the finish line.

One of the items purchased for this trip was a whisker pole to hold the jib all the way out to the side of the boat when going downwind. Our pole is made from 2 sections of aluminum tubing that telescope to about 19 feet when fully extended. We found that we gained ½ to 1 knot boat speed when using the pole and we could sail as far as 30O from directly downwind. Well, 2 nights ago the wind picked up into the 20s so I went about the process of adding a second reef in the main sail. This is the sail most ketch skippers reef first. As I finished the reefing task there was a loud noise then things got real calm. I looked around and saw that the whisker pole had buckled under the load and was flailing about. Monica was still in the cockpit so she rolled up the sail while I went about securing everything. I tied the bent pole to the lifeline stanchions and will disassemble it in St Lucia and try to get new tubing. The obvious damage was the smaller tube doubled back on itself. Less
obvious is the large outer tube also has a long sweeping bend in it. If a new inner tube doesn�'t slide inside the outer one then I will be replacing both tubes.

Since losing the whisker pole we have been sailing wing-on-wing, the Brits call it �"goose wings�". The main is held with a preventer on one side of the boat and the jib is held out by the wind on the other side. This becomes a real balancing act when the waves causing the boat to roll are thrown into the mix. And we can only go straight downwind +/- a couple degrees. This arrangement will get us close to the channel between St Lucia and Martinique and we will do the rest on a reach.

Fishing is finished for us for now. I caught 1 dolphin and lost all 3 lures I bought in Las Palmas. I�'m sure I will be able to restock in St Lucia. I want to get some heavier line since I can�'t stop the boat.
Comments
Vessel Name: Neverland
Vessel Make/Model: Allied Princess 36 1976
Hailing Port: Onancock VA USA
Crew: Mike Gould-Captain
About: Mike has been sailing since 1986. He has made trips from Virginia to Maine and back. Several trips in the Mediterranean. He has sailed other vessels in the open sea. In 2019 sailed 5000+ nm from the Med across the Atlantic to Aruba.
Extra: Monica has sailed alongside Mike during all these years. She has loved sailing and enjoyed every minute out on the open seas with Mike. She looks forward to more adventures as a sailing couple. In 2019 sailed 5000+ nm from the Med across the Atlantic to Aruba.
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