We ended up spending over 2 weeks in Antigua,
moving from English Harbour round to Jolly Harbour on the West coast on the 20th
February. Latterly we were waiting for a replacement part for the VHF--which
finally arrived and was fitted early on the 20th--seems to be working fine. We
also had a crowded boat for the second week--Ger's sister Michele and two
friends joining us.
So early this morning--the 23rd--our guests left us
and we set off at 0700 to sail to Nevis--about a 45 mile passage. Wind started
off rather light--frustrating after the recent windy spell. So engine for the
first hour, but then wind was up--dead behind us--so we had a great sail with
the main out to port on a preventer and genoa poled out to starboard--averaging
between 6 and 7 knots in winds between 14 and 18 knots. Beautiful sunshine--a
bit of swell to provide a rolling motion, reminding us of our Atlantic crossing,
but in reality nothing like as bad.
And so to Nevis, arriving around 1430 and
mooring--as instructed by the port authority--on the yellow buoys awaiting