ARC Europe

Ocean Gem
Geoff & Eileen Mander
Fri 5 May 2017 21:00
Date: Friday 5th May 2017
Position: 18: 23.885N 64: 37.984W

It has been many months since the last entry in this blog. During that time Eileen and I have sailed up and down the island chain a couple more times, before deciding that it would be fun to visit Europe again. Just one problem, it's a good 4,000 miles away and requires a crossing of the N Atlantic.

We eventually decided to join in a rally called Atlantic Rally for Cruisers (ARC), which is due to head out tomorrow (Saturday 6th May). Eileen flew back to England a few weeks ago and I have made my way up to Nanny Cay in Tortola (British Virgin Islands) where the ARC fleet gathers prior to departure. I've a good crew who will be sailing with me consisting of Paul Carpenter (French/Australian), Violeta Ivanova (Bulgarian/US citizen) and Nathaniel Ogden (Irish/British). I feel quite dull being the only one with a single citizenship.

Our expected itinerary is to sail first to Bermuda, then a week later leave for The Azores where we'll visit a few of the islands there. From the Azores we'll head over to the UK where we expect to arrive some time around the third week in June. There are about 40 boats in the fleet and we are all gathered here in Nanny Cay, full of anticipation and the usual mix of excitement and anxiety before a long crossing.

The marina is excellent, one of the best I've visited in the E Caribbean and better than most in USA and Europe. But tomorrow morning we'll bid our farewells and head out to sea, and hopefully have an enjoyable sail up to Bermuda.