Leaving the Caribbean

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.

[categories 2017, Ant2Bda, Bermuda]

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Antigua to Bermuda – short film

Short summary of our return from the Caribbean to Bermuda. The trip was timed to coincide with Antigua Classic week (April 14-19, 2011).

As this video is not provided in all countries by YouTube, below is an alternative to get access to it:

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