This is being hurredly written on the day before departure. Two of the
crew, Martin Akery and Keith Taylor have arrived and are currently giving the
boat a final clean. Bill Barker should arrive this evening after a family
wedding. Goodness knows what state he will be in, but the next 2700 miles should
sort him out!
boat is ready to go and so are we. Yesterday we went out for a little crew
practice – reefing, spinnaker drill etc, but there was so little wind that we
came back early and did the spinnaker hoists moored to the dock
days ago all the cats were moved to their own private marina, which belongs to
the Club Vela Latina, a club solely dedicated to the racing of traditional
lateen rigged boats. Unfortunately their season has finished so I was not able
to hitch a ride on one. They are about 20 ft. long with one enourmous lateen
rigged sail. They have a crew of about 7, most of which hang off rudimentary
trapezes, in an attempt to keep the brutes upright!
Although we ate not racing we do have a friendly rivalry with a 60ft
Fontaine-Pagot cat from Canada, named
Papillon. Quite a lot of pride and St.Lucia bragging rights hinges on the
result. You can track our progress, and Papillon’s on the ARC website www.worldcruising.com and follow the links to the
will also endeavour to put our position on this site every 3 or 4
weather looks fair for the start with 10 to 15 knot northeasterlies, which with
the local island acceleration zone could give up to 25 knots, so fair speed
under the big blue and yellow masthead spinnaker. After that the weather looks
more tricky with a large area of light and variable winds in a day or two’s
time. The navigator is going to have his work cut out!
Wish us luck and here’s to a safe and enjoyable
We’ll keep the
blue flag flying high!
wall painting (courtesy of Lionel Willis)
Papillon – the
As I was wandering along the quay at 8.30 on one
Saturday morning I thought I saw swathes of mist rolling down the harbour. When
I went to look it was actually a large fishing trawler on fire. There ware three
tugs in attendance and they were trying to put out the fire. Suddenly a lot of
shouting preceded the fast abandoning of the boat, which was then hurriedly
towed out of the harbour, I presume to sink in deep water.
Voya con Dios