Deep Water Bay, Antigua - Gustavia, St Barts (French W.I.)

Bootlegger of Mann
Frank Newton
Tue 8 Jan 2008 02:35
From: bootlegger {CHANGE TO AT} mailasail {DOT} com

Date: January 08 2008

Position 17:05.3400N 61:53.20000W

Weather : Fine with clear skies; Wind : NE 10kts Vis.: Good Seas: Slight
to Mod.

Skipper: Frank Newton (Solo)

02.30: Weighed anchor and headed out of Bay. After clearing reefs set
course of 328 degrees for St Barts 73nm distant.

04.00: With wind too shy to sail running on engine. Passed first of three
cruise ships, names 'Norwegian Jewel'; Emerald Princess' and '??? of the
Seas' all closing St Johns at a speed of around 5 - 6 kts.

06.00: 17:19N 62:10W W: NW 14kts True SOG: 6.4kts DTG: 59.9nm.

09.00: 17:34N 62:28W W: 12kts True SOG: 7.6kts Weather: Caribbean skies;
warm and sunny.

11.30: 17:45N 62:41W Sighted French Navy assault ship and escort frigate
3 miles to Port, travelling slowly south.

14.00: 17:53.18N 62:51.42W Off Gustavia

14.30: 17:53N 62:51.05W Dropped anchor in Gustavia's very full anchorage
after exactly twelve hours passage / engine time. From the water it looks
a very nice place. Put up French courtest flag and yellow un-cleared
pennant, inflated tender and went ashore. Lovely place; very chique
featuring expensive restaurants and all the designer shops you can think
of. A line of super yachts lay stern to in the small harbour. One I
noticed was registered in Douglas. Found Customs closed so clearing in -
and out will have to wait until tomorrow. Had a meal ashore before
returning to Bootlegger.

Wednesday 09 January: After Clearing In, Spent day in St Barts. Place very
French and the people overwhelmingly Caucasian. Later Cleared Out before
later dining and returning to boat.

Pictures: Gustavious Harbour, St Barts ( French W.I.)