Friday 22nd January
Arriving in Bonaire
We sighted land about 11.30am and
had a great sail for the last hour along the west coast, we were
protected by the lee of the land and were able to sail on a beam reach doing
8.5 knots, if only the last 53 hours had been like this! We left Union Island
two days and six hours ago , it has been a quick and boisterous sail, with the
last 24 hours being quite uncomfortable.
During the night the wind picked
up to between 30 – 35 knots gusting 43 knots (gale force 9) at this stage
I had one of my I want to go home moments, but Paul reminded me it would all be
worth it when we reached dry land, stating that anyone can fly in to these
places but not many sailed in. I wasn’t convinced, at this point I wished I
could fly in! The sails were deep reefed and the waves were the largest we have
ever experienced, over 4 meters in height. We settled down the best we
could although neither of us got much sleep.
We tied up in Harbour Marina
Village, Kralendijk at 1.30 pm. Some other rally boats were already here and
after a quick beer and a catch up with Lucy Alice we got our bikes out and
headed into town to check in with customs and immigration. We had an early tea
with Mark and Chrissy then an early night for all of us.