Beach Boys!

Flyer of Lorne
Dave Sturrock
Mon 15 Dec 2008 14:07
14:04.47N 60:56.98W
Friday 12 December, Total ARC Log Distance 2,988NM
Apologies to our many avid readers of the blog who will have to look for fresh inspiration in the days to come as we have now finished the ARC. I could not update the blog as the Satellite phone handset packed in on Saturday evening having faithfully served us for the last 6 weeks.
The Flyer crew have hung up their safety harnesses after crossing the finishing line at 11:27 am local time on Saturday. It was a momentous end to an epic trip as we had Big Brother hoisted for the last 20 miles in some hair raising downwind sailing in 25Knots of breeze. A couple of broaches did not deter the crew as they were determined  to finish the race on a high and just managed to creep ahead of a group of 3 chasing yachts.
The finish line being set well into Rodney Bay was absolutely spectaculrt and there was just room to cross, round up and clear the anchored yachts and many Oppy dinghies which were racing before entering the Marina. We received a fantastic " standing ovation" of cheers and foghorns from our fellow competitors as we berthed in t
he marina before being met by an ARC welcoming comittee who insisted we have a rum punch immediately!
The afternoon was spent swimming on the beach as the enormity of having finished and being back on drfy land sunk in.
Thanks to mour many supporters for all your messages, the blog will resume on Wednesday 17 December as a more gentle cruise of the Windward Islands starrts.
 We will  have to wait for our final ARC position on corrected time, will advise as soon as we have this.

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