Saturday evening we had Magic and
Truant over for drinks and nibbles – good old Suzie
Too – still THE party boat a really fun evening, with great wine (well this is
France) good food (Suzanne is THE Demon Galley Chef) and great company (well,
not just me this time).
On Sunday as we left Gustavia in the RIB in the afternoon the first place
Figaro 40, Cercle Vert, came into view around the
headland at the north end of St Barth’s with spectator and press boats all
around it. We took a few photos and then sat last night watching as they all
came in after 3,850M and almost 23 days at sea, with second and third place
changing at the turn – just a couple of boat lengths between them after all that
way. Even further down the pack about 6 boats came in within a few minutes of
each other and again places changed within metres of the line – such close
racing – and soul destroying to lose a place within sight of the finish.
In the end Artemis chose to go north of Barbuda
to protect their rig after the forestay broke away from the mast and came in
12th at about 2300 local time, by which time we were in bed, other competitors
were drunk and the spectators had gone home. But today we caught up with Sam,
Nick & Bob had a chat (thanks for the heads up on that Henry – and well done
on your Solitaire result 15 out of 23 – excellent).
We have now cleared out of St Barth’s for 0800 on Tuesday and will head up
to St Martin (the bi-sexual island – well it’s half French and half Dutch),
which is about 12M away after having first been in to the Race Party