1630hrs (AST, 4 hrs behind GMT) 9 Dec 2018
This is the last report for our passage because we have now arrived safely in Antigua.
Overnight it was windier again and BV bowled along at 7 knots or more. It got even better during our last day and our sail down the east side of Barbuda and Antigua was just excellent. Barbuda is low lying and was hammered in 2017 by the hurricanes and so we only saw a thin line of land sticking up.
|Antigua in sight!|
|As we approach Antigua we did get hit |
by a heavy rain squall with over
27 knots of wind across the deck
|Approaching the entrance to English Harbour protected by Fort Berkeley Point|
|The Antigua courtesy ensign about to be hoisted|
|Fort BerkeleyPoint (L) and our anchorage on the right in Freeman Bay|
We circled round a bit before finding a spot that we were happy to anchor in and finally dropped the hook at 1630hrs. Our log said that we had sailed 1602.4 nautical miles getting here in 10 days and 7 hours and averaging 6.5knots over that distance.
|Shirley Heights overlooking Freeman Bay|
We had picked English Harbour as our port of entry because it is lovely. Being a Sunday there was a barbeque party going on up at Shirley Heights which overlooks the Freeman Bay anchorage and so our arrival and first evening here was enhanced by the sound of steel drum band. The perfect background music for enjoying our celebratory arrival rum cocktails.
|Superyachts moored behind us on Nelson’s Dockyard – I think we lost the “who has the tallest mast” competition|
We expect to spend a week here. There's a mountain of washing, cleaning and some maintenance chores. Plus we need to sort out a data Sim card for the phone and post all of the blog entries that we have written.
It's good to be back in the Caribbean.
Love to all
Reg and Nicky
Position at midday 9 Dec: N17 22 W61 37
Position at 1630hrs 9 Dec: N17 00 W61 46 English Harbour, Antigua
Midday to midday distance: 180 nautical miles
Midnight to midnight (well, 1630hrs actually) distance: 121 nautical miles
Total miles covered: 1602 nautical miles
Approximate distance to go (direct line): zero nautical miles hurrah!!!
|English Harbour on Antigua, End of Day 11 Beaufort in North Carolina to Antigua|