Enroute to BVI's!

Wallace's Sailing Adventure on "Arbella"
Mike and Vicki Wallace
Thu 13 Dec 2012 14:41

14:50.8N  61:36.3W   Less than 48 hours in St. Lucia and we are on our way to the BVI’s!  We just passed Martinique and are approaching Dominica, at about 20 miles to leeward.  We were St. Lucia  just long enough to get some rest, some beach time, and attend the First (of many) big Welcome Parties.  From a total of 223 boats who are in the ARC, 83 had arrived in St. Lucia (we were #39) and 140 were still in the Atlantic on the Crossing, at the time of the Party last night…the final awards ceremony is December 21.  Boats were arriving every hour into Rodney Bay Marina, and they were each welcomed by the ARC team with enthusiasm.  At the Party we were able to connect with those crew who have been our special friends in this crossing …the captain and crews of: Juno, Dreamer, Satika, Caryali, Peter von Seestermehre, Sumatra, Savarna, and more.  At this point sailing north, Cap, Scott, and I are in 20 knots of wind, on a starboard tack beam reach, making 8.5 knots with main and genoa.  We are on a 3 person watch rotation, a little “tighter” than we have been doing when we had 5 aboard, but manageable for this passage of 336 miles to Nanny Cay, Tortola.  We expect to arrive at sunrise on Saturday.  Captain Mike