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.

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.

 

From Bermuda to Antigua in 2010

A few impressions from the trip to Antigua

Barbuda Tioga in Falmouth Hbr, Antigua Isle de Fourchue, St Barth's Land Ho!!

We flew back to Bermuda on Nov 18, stowed away the frozen meals we had prepared in Nahant, picked up sails and vang at the local sail loft and got started preparing Tioga for a longer offshore trip.
We left Bermuda Nov 19, had a perfect reach all the way and arrived in St Martin Thanksgiving day (Nov 25) just in time to celebrate the day (and end to a great trip) with a very tasty meal that Peter Davis had prepared for us in Nahant.
From there we went on to Marigot, St Barth’s and Barbuda before arriving in Antigua.

For more details in this truly perfect sail, read Mark’s account in this PDF (Mark is the editor of Cruising World):

Cruising World article by Mark Pillsbury

Mark also wrote a blog during the trip and sent daily updates with his satellite phone: link

Additional links at cruisingworld.com:

http://www.cruisingworld.com/caribbean-bound-budget

http://www.cruisingworld.com/southeast-bermuda

http://www.cruisingworld.com/bermuda-st-martin

http://www.cruisingworld.com/landfall-st-martin