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Date: 17 May 2007 23:18:00
Title: Southbound at Last

Hello Friends                                                "16:18.51N 61:47.92W"
 
We've put quite a few miles under the keel since the last blog.
 
Leaving Montserrat we had a great long day (83 miles) down to Les Saintes, S of Guadeloupe and a look at Point a Pitre, mainly for Marco's benefit. Then headed all the way back north again so Marco could fly back from Antigua to Italy on the 10th. He's now found a good job working on a new motor yacht for the summer, so Good Luck to Marco.
 
We collected our full deck awnings from Antigua Sails (pics to follow when we next rig them) and these should be useful during the Summer to keep off the worst of the midday heat.
 
Antigua quietens down very quickly after Race Week and the place had very much the air of the end of term. Here is the very beautiful Adele, looking very alone in Falmouth Harbour marina which had previously been jammed solid with boats.
 
 
Though the hurricane season does not officially start until June, boats head off either back to Europe or down to Trinidad and the islands get very quiet. the nautical areas of Antigua must be a ghost town until December.
 
Yesterday we left Antigua for the last time until next year and had a VERY brisk sail south to Deshaies on the NW corner of Guadeloupe. The forecast moderate conditions were greatly exceeded by reality and though we started with a reef fore and aft, we paused every hour to put a couple more reefs in the genoa and another reef in the main. Ten miles N of Guadeloupe we managed 10 knots boat speed with high 20's apparent on the beam ! The journey took only five and a half hours.
 
We're in Deshaies now and will probably tootle S to the Saintes again tomorrow. Deshaies is a great little bay and town, we had a terrific meal here last night - good French on a terrace overhanging the beach, so we're not suffering too much.
 
Hope all's well back in Blighty (and around the world). Do let us know if you're still reading the blog as we've only had feedback from Barbara in the last month or so.
 
Best Wishes
 
George and Michael
 

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