Day 17 Atlantic Crossing

Sarah Grace goes to sea
Chris Yerbury and Sophy White
Fri 23 Dec 2005 16:01
Day 17 position N13' 60'W Friday 23rd December.
HIP HIP HOORAY!!!!!!!!!!
Yes: we can see land.   We first saw Barbados at sunset last night.  It was really odd: something in the ocean!  It felt mad to be sailing past and not stopping.  I felt tearful when I saw it, because I felt that we weren't alone in the ocean anymore, and that should we need help, at least it would be available.   We then had a washathon, and all went mad washing our hair and using water which we don't need to save so much now.  Lovely.  Even Mimi had a shower.
Another rough and rolly night sailing on towards St Vincent. I have spent a couple of hours sewing a St Vincent and the Grendadines flag, natty yellow blue and green, with green diamonds on it.   Mimi has made a pink flag with and orange fish on it.  I think we are going to decorate our prow with tinsel and flags for our landfall.   We have all sorts of silly home-made flags to hang up the cutter stay.
We have been a bit slower today because the spinnaker got destroyed, after having a fight with the mast steps yesterday afternoon.   Big shame, we will have to have it resewn here or in Trinidad.    We are all exhausted and cannot wait to relax after the anchor is down.  Time for some celebrations soon!!!   We can actually see Mustique and St Vincent on the horizon.........