Arrived: NYC-STT: 10d - 12h
Tue 15 Nov 2011 18:58
Position 18:20.497N 64:47.59W
Temperatures: Air 27C, Sea 25.6C
Last 24h Sailed Distance: 147NM
Sailed distance since departure: 1568NM
Time since departure: 10d 11h 50m
Average Speed since departure: 6.23 kt
Detailed Track (50 is the maximum number of point, i.e. once the last point reaches 50, the last point always is 50): http://share.findmespot.com/shared/faces/viewspots.jsp?glId=0pmBzXKinDhgKpLRvqq8VUCrbr9VSkRpL
Since last night we took advantage of a shift of the wind to the north and we had a very fast and comfortable last day and night of sailing on a reach. After a beautiful sun rise we started to see the profile of the high Island of St. Thomas and Jost van Dyke still 30nm away.
Just past the "two brothers" as we were about to dose down the sail after near 1600 nm the engine stopped !
So we had to end with picking up a mooring under sail. Which we did on the first try !
So at the end a bit of unwanted excitement but an happy ending.
We picked up a mooring out of St. John between Caneel Bay and Cruz Bay and went for the usual celebration swim in the warm Caribbean waters.
Still have to figure out what the problem with the engine is but I suspects the fuel pump.
Overall it turned out a pretty fast trip with an average of 6.23Kt and a sailed distance of 1568. This was 143 NM longer than the rhumb line from NYC and STT the deviation was necessary to avoid the low pressure 400nm south-west of Bermuda that later developed in tropical storm Sean. In this trip it turned out essential to have capability to download grib files and weather data.
Blue Note performed perfectly in all weather and sea conditions and her new standing rigging got a good sea trial.
Nov. 14 Sailing towards St. Thomas
Nov 15. The "usual" celebration dive in the warm waters out of St. John.