Astra Log from St Maarten 29 Jan to BVI's 21 Feb 2008
Well it’s been awhile since we were letting you all know where Astra has
been and what’s going on . We
dragged ourselves from the delights of St Maarten and the Soggy Dollar Bar and
Then on to
On 15th February George Beckley arrived who is to be our other long term crew and we left for the BVIs to join the Swan Rendezvous where Norah was also turning up for an indulgent week chatting with her mates and trying not to be too stupid on a yacht.
The repaired spinnaker was put through its paces on the
sail up to Virgin Gorda and looked good. The Swan Rendezvous is organised by
Nautor and comprises fun races (well, Swan owners don’t really do anything other
than serious racing) a few jolly events and a lot of socialising and too much
rum punch……... Ash won the Laser race for Astra and really was top banana as
there were some very accomplished sailors out there, both owners and
professional crew. We’re doing pretty well in the Boules competition too and
George was triumphant in the Hors d’oeuvres event, producing the most delicious
21st February scheduled a full lunar eclipse and we had a marvellous view of the whole cycle – in tee shirts on a beach, how fab is that? And George, being a whizz at Maths and all things astronomical, explained exactly what was going on so we understood it much better too.
Another punishing Laser race for Ash this afternoon (Sally and Norah are considering taking out a Pico each to confuse the fleet so our boy romps home, but it’s probably not a good idea) and then the final round Virgin Gorda race on Saturday. There’ll be 12 beautiful yachts all pushing hard and no compromise before the last night at Bitter End. We’ll let you know how we get on!