English Harbour, Antigua, W.I. to Bonaire, Dutch Antilles, Day1

Bootlegger of Mann
Frank Newton
Tue 4 May 2010 20:19

Bootlegger of Mann Log

16:12.53N 62:47W

29 04 10

Passage: English Harbour, Antigua, W.I. to Curacao, via Bonaire,
Netherlands Antilles - Day 1

Crew: Frank ( Skipper) and Karl Newton ( Crew)

Conditions: Caribbean Weather: Fine and sunny. Light Wind: E 08 kts
Fully fuelled up with 590 litres of diesel aboard good for 120 hours
motoring at
1800 rpm.
Estimated hours for planned passage on above basis to first stop Bonaire
is 60 hours.

14:00: 17:00.51N 61:45.88W Nelson’s Dockyard, English Harbour, Antigua.

Departed our usual berth just opposite the Galleon Bar and headed down the
busy harbour
shouting our farewells to, and receiving a cheery acknowledgement from to
in Catherine’s waterside French restaurant where we had lunch the previous

Karl and I arrived back in Antigua last Friday, the 24th and since been
very busy in
Jolly Harbour getting various works completed on Bootlegger and general
victualling after her lift in.

Left Jolly Harbour on Tuesday the 27th with just the faulty
instrumentation to be
to by Cap at the Signal Locker at Nelson’s, English Harbour..

During her period on the hard Bootleggeeer had undergone a complete engine
generator service;
had all her service batteries renewed at enormous cost, was re-antifouled
polished up.
She looks good.

Before leaving Jolly Harbour we had met two old faces from the Isle of Man
– Mike
who has a ¼ share in a Janeau there, and Peter Lancaster and his wife
Cindy Lou who
upon us in their tender as we were fuelling up to leave. Now based in the
they have a small
Packet yacht (U.S. built).which they are slowly cruising the Caribbean in.
It was
good to see
these old faces and to catch up..

14:30 Course steered: - 235 degrees to take us around the SE tip of
before setting
A new course of 248 degrees after clearing this volcanic island with its
dust cloud
rising above it.

21:00: 16:27.12N 62:27.8W FN takes first 3 hour Watch. Motor sailing;.
CSE: 250
SOG 8 kts.with 18 kt wind up th chuff. Have main and mizzen out on gybe

21:30 16:24.08N 62:32.4W After sighting a target on a converging
course on radar
I identified it as the cruise ship ‘Serenade of the Seas’ on passage to St
Thomas. I
called her up
for a ‘radar check’ and she confirmed we were some 9 nm off her starboard