Good morning Eyeopener

Some of you might remember that we recorded a video at the beach in Barbuda that Doug took to his office at Channel 5 and cut into one of their Eyeopeners. He had to put quite an effort into removing the significant wind noise etc.

That wake up call video is now scheduled for this coming Monday, August 21. It airs twice: first between 05:12am and 05:15am EST and 06:12am and 06:15 EST. After it airs, it will be uploaded to the wcvb.com website as well!

Maybe some will be getting up early enough to watch it live.

Video – Antigua to Bermuda

We timed our departure from Falmouth Harbor to coincide with the Antigua Classic week. However, due to other preparations, the installation of the new alternator etc, we ended up only looking at extremely pretty yachts at their docks, rather than sailing with them out at sea. The hike up to Shirley Heights was another highlight.

We got our food in Jolly Harbor and sailed into the night to get to Barbuda – one of the most beautiful places we know in the area. A nice downwind sail under gennaker got us to St Barth’s the next day and we continued on to Bermuda from there.

Catching a yellow-fin tuna just south of Bermuda was another highlight of this roughly 1000nm leg. In Bermuda, a spectacular place in its own right, the preparations for the America’s Cup made for an even more memorable experience.

Video – Trinidad to Antigua

After a challenging start in Chaguaramas (we had to pull the boat back out and get if fixed over night) we got into the swing of things, sailed over night to the Grenadines and enjoyed a couple of days of island hoping before continuing to Antigua.

The roughly 400nm route looked like this:

We did not capture as much footage as usual. Hopefully the video below still gives somewhat of a flavor of the places we visited:

The crew from Antigua to Bermuda

A few more photos of our crew that sailed from Antigua to Bermuda.

We started our journey with an immediate highlight, hiking up to Shirley Heights, and overcoming our first challenges, recovering Ellen’s bracelet and installing the alternator, before sailing around Antigua to Jolly Harbor.
All were extremely happy with the decision to stop over in Barbuda with one of the nicest beaches we know.
St Barth’s also did not disappoint although we barely had enough time to see it.

The easterly tradewinds carried us far north before they calmed down (we sailed 514nm in 3 days), gave us a chance to swim in 13000ft deep water and then forced us to run the engine for a while. The silver lining of the now full batteries was the fact that we did not have to use our hydro generator and therefore went fishing.
The yellow-fin tuna was another highlight of this roughly 950nm sail.

Of course, arriving in Bermuda is always a highlight. With the America’s Cup in town, this visit was even more special. The fact that we lived a resort life just because we were mooring next to Grotto Bay Resort put the icing on the cake.

We should do  this more often…

 

Doug Frauenholz
Ellen Christie
Philip Kersten
Roger Pasinski
Ulf Westhoven

 

The crew from Trinidad to Antigua

A few impressions of our crew that sailed from Trinidad to Antigua.

Similar to our start last season in Europe where major boatwork had to be completed (replacing the mast), we had to deal with the same risk this time. Although the teak deck and awlgrip work was finished in time, the newly discovered problems at the bottom created new challenges. Luckily enough, we were in the right place with Trinidad and its capable companies and were very glad to have only lost one day in the process.

We were relieved to reach the Grenadines over night and leave the potentially pirate infested waters close to Venezuela behind us, visited quite a view islands: Mopion, Union, Mayreau, Tobago Cays, Mustique and Bequia before then reaching Antigua after a 2 day sail.
Snorkeling Horseshoe Reef and swimming with turtles at Tobago Cays was just as memorable as seeing all the superyachts in Falmouth Harbor and beautifully maintained classic yachts in English Harbor.

We sailed about 400nm and did it all with our genoa alone (it would take us another 400nm on the next leg to finally use the main sail as well). Coming from a pretty hot location (Trinidad) it was surprising how mild the quite warm temperatures in Antigua felt.

Cathy Johnson
Corinna Kersten
Lauren Kersten
Lili Barba
Linda Barba
Peter Barba
Philip Kersten

Barbuda

Ferrari or Lamborghini?

Now that we cleared customs, bought groceries and got fuel & water, we had to make a choice: Do we sail to St Barth’s for a quick stop on our way to Bermuda, or do we sail to Barbuda (with a place that exports sand for a living – how bad can their beaches be?)
Both excellent destinations in their own right. We identified numerous options and decided we wanted both the Ferrari and the Lamborghini — Barbuda first (a roughly 5 hours sail), drop anchor just off the beach, get a restful slumber under the stars, and then sail to St Barths tomorrow (another 10 hours).
It was an excellent sail, initially along the west coast of Antigua with the sun setting behind us and lots of cruise ships all around, followed by a fast reach to Barbuda. With Roger or Doug at the helm, our fishing lines out and Ellen & Ulf in the kitchen (chicken, broccoli, ziti), we did not only make good speed, but had a great time on the water with an endless number of stars above us.

It was an excellent sail, initially along the west coast of Antigua with the sun setting behind us and lots of cruise ships all around, followed by a fast reach to Barbuda. With Roger or Doug at  the helm, our fishing lines out and Ellen & Ulf in the kitchen (chicken, broccoli, ziti) we did not only make good speed but had an excellent time on the water with an endless number of stars above us.

Low maintenance Ellen got her hair done and managed to drop another personal item into the water.  Luckily Doug was able to retrieve the flip flop with a boat hook and did not involve scuba gear or mask.

The weather between the Caribbean and Bermuda looks pretty promising and our goal is to leave St Barth in the middle of the day on Thursday to benefit from the easterly breeze.