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.
The waters in our favorite cove on the backside of Gustavia turned out to be too choppy last night and we decided to anchor on the other side of the main channel in a pretty tight anchorage. In the morning, we were happy that the anchor had not dragged and got organized.
Ulf, Ellen and Roger went to town to go sightseeing and to get a few provisions, while Doug and Philip prepped the boat, dried the gennaker, downloaded weather data etc.
The local Harbormaster paid us a visit and were relieved that he was granting us stay until noon without charge to take care of our “repairs”…
We lifted anchor and had the genoa unfurled by noon under the hot sun and beautiful blue sky.
Quite quickly we got in tune with the swell of the ocean, enjoyed the dark blue water and left St Martin and Anguilla behind.
Ellen, again, worked her magic in the kitchen, the sun set and we started our watch schedule.
Due to the wet sailing conditions we had to close most hatches, turning our sleeping quarters into steam saunas.
As we sail north, we will hopefully find lower temperatures and get a little more sleep.
For now, the best place is in the cockpit with perfect temperatures, some stars and clouds above as well as the waxing moon.
The forecast looks pretty good and we are looking forward to some more prefect sailing days. We have roughly 850nm to go.
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Short summary of our return from the Caribbean to Bermuda. The trip was timed to coincide with Antigua Classic week (April 14-19, 2011).
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Impression of the 2011 trip back North to Bermuda
A group of 7 left Antigua and dropped Maureen off in St Martin. The remaining 6 continued on to Bermuda
This group of 6 (all from MA) flew in from Boston to sail with Tioga from Bermuda to Antigua.
A few impressions from the trip to Antigua
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
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Continuation of our trip from Bermuda to Antigua.
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