Towards Antigua

I have already posted several posts from our trip from Hampton to Antigua by Iridium Go, but no photos can be attached at least not with any reasonable quality.

Unfortunately, most photos was taken with my Huawei Mobile who now refuse to cooperate with my computer so I only have a few photos to select from. If anyone know how to debug a Huawei, please let me know, I have used half a day browsing internet for solutions, I found several suggestions but no one worked for me!!!

Anyway below follow a quick update with some photos.

The fleet on the way

A few boats on the way out, no it is not Kerpa it is Pat and Diana on Shenanigans, one of three SM in the rally, the other is Joy with Chuck and Kim.

Brita

We left a rather cold and murky day with the rain hanging in the air. Brita who have very limited experience of offshore sailing, looks rather happy, but I guess there were some “butterflies in her belly”

On the way

The fleet is on its way and the sky does not look promising.

Reefed down

After crossing the Gulf stream the wind was still brisk and with substantially reefed sails we did around 8 kn with the wind just forward of the beam.

Thomas outlook

My brother Thomas keep sharp look out with a firm grip on the helmsman’s chair to keep his balance.

But after a few days the wind died and come on our nose, so the engine was deployed and the fishing lures went in. Luckily we did not had to wait for long before we got the first catch.

First fish

We believed it was a Bar Jack, that was soon followed by a

Mahi Mahi

A Mahi Mahi, what a beautiful fish! Lock at the happy face of my brother, he enjoyed being the “hook man”

Kertin and the fish

Kerstin goes to action with a very “firm face” cleaning the fish and continued to make the most delicious dinner for us.

Fish on the plate

Enjoyed by the crew, but the fishing luck was not over, we landed another Mahi Mahi and a large

Big Beast

Barracuda (104 cm) , then we stopped fishing, we had fish for the remaining trip and our freezer was full of food. The Barracuda tasted very good indeed.

Calm sea

The weather was then very calm for several days,

 

Sun set

With beautiful sun sets

Breakfast

But the swell made it rather rocky, so all meals were served on the cockpit floor, this time the breakfast. Note it is very practical with a non skid mat to serve the meals on, it works both on the cockpit floor as well as on the table.

Relaxing

Relaxing on the deck, as we know the lazy days will soon be over as brisk trade-wind are waiting.

 

The last days offered very good sailing with reefed sails and speed at around 8 kn. We arrived Falmouth Harbor 23 of November at 23:40.

 

Total distance                             1683 nM     6,7 kn     10 days 12 hours
Total motoring                             715 nM     5,8 kn        5 days   3 hours
Total Sailing                                  968 nM     7,5 kn        5 days   9 hours

 

The day after the rain was pouring down as we

Rain in Antigua

Inflated and launched the dingy so that I could clear us all in.

Nelson Dockyard

Later we motored over to Nelson Dock yard in English Harbor to have

Well deserved Rum Punch

A few well-deserved Rum punches.

I must give my respect to Brita who kept a good spirit all the way, did not mistrust any time, even if the forecast threatening with tropical waves, tropical lows and one model even indicated the possibility of a tropical hurricane. The whole trip was very bumpy even when the wind was low, but when the wind was “on” the sailing was both exiting, demanding and rather uncomfortable, but Brita admired the variations of the sea and enjoyed the trip most of the time. Well done Brita.

 

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One Response to Towards Antigua

  1. Thomas Österberg says:

    Thanks Kerstin and Paul for a memorable and very exclusive sailing adventure! Take care out there!

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