Hi guys no SSB propagation sorry we didn't contact yesterday. Dad was ashore for check in. We are at Nelson's Dockyard for lunch and shopping. Celebrating 3047 nm in 21 days. Free WiFi at this cafe. Sum and 3 gig 110 so didn't buy any yet.
Hi guys WE MADE IT! Yesterday was a sunny slower days with decreasing seas. We took showers in preparation for our arrival. The boys tried fishing again but only caught two that got away. Saw a couple of cargo ships one at the start of my watch. Mike talked to him for awhile sharing destinations and where we've been. Our watches were calm sailing 5-6kts full moon and 2m seas. Total 3047nm 21 days and 1 hour to anchorage! We are anchored in Freeman's Bay, English Harbor on south end of Antigua.
1/31/2018 Al went in to clear customs and immigration 4 hours ago and hasn't come back yet. He had to row in from the anchorage because we didn't have any gas for the motor. We didn't want it slopping around on deck for 3 weeks. Al finally came back tired, hot, hungry and THIRSTY. Give Me A Beer! He did get some dingy gas so the next trip should be easier. Plan to just hang low today and go ashore tomorrow unless we get a sudden burst of energy. Mike and I worked hard while Al was gone. We took down the fort and put up sunscreens. Washed the fort windows and stored them. Put away assortment of lines, ropes, and snatch blocks we won't be needing. Fresh water rinse on the stainless (much easier once we have the watermaker running) Found the dingy motor crane, harness and pump so we can use the bigger dingy to go ashore. Put in the portlight screens and started swatting flies. The water is crystal clear beautiful blue can't wait for a swim. Plan to grill pork chops tonight and hit Nelson's Dockyard tomorrow. Looking forward to a quiet normal nights sleep.
We thought last nights watch was wild. Mike says "We have to experience purgatory before we reach paradise!" The wind was way down from last night with only 20-30kts. The 5m seas kept washing over the rails and knocking us about. One wave actually lifted our heavy and I mean heavy hatch covers up an inch or so and water poured down into our berth and onto the setee in main cabin. Lots of fun coming off my watch and cleaning up salt water mess. We had to sleep on the setee. Mike was high and dry in the V Berth. Reminded me of our fresh water wash down leaving lake Superior 2005 only then the waves came over the bow to knock you off the helm. It's a beautiful sunny morning with only 115nm to go to Antigua. We will cross our last time zone this afternoon. UTC-4. We will probably slow down overnight so that we don't arrive in the dark. ETA 0800 local time 1200 UTC. Love and God Bless Mom and Dad, Michael
Total 2928 Day 20 143nm / 139nm toward Antigua 115nm to English Harbor Antigua
Time Tues. Jan. 30 1200 UTC Lst 17 19N / 59 46W COG 270 SOG 6.0 wx sunny wind ENE 23 seas 4m
Good sailing all day yesterday. Double reefed main and reefed jib. Wild watch last night for all! Mine started with Force 7 30kts and then built to Force 8 .Called for Al when sustained 44kts. By the time he got to the cockpit it was gusting 55. We rolled the jib in for the night. It continued to blow 25-35 for all watches and 4-5m seas pounding the boat so not much sleep. Still trucking along Beaufort 7 and big seas this morning. Time for coffee and some breakfast. Love and God Bless Mom, Dad and Mike
We made some good miles Total 2785 Day 20 151nm / 142 toward Antigua waypoint 253 nm to go to Antigua.
Time Mon. Jan. 29 1200 UTC Lat 17 40N / Long 57 23W COG 278 SOG 7.0 wx squally wind ENE 30 seas 5m
Happy Sunday everyone! We feel the end of our journey drawing near. We have 395nm to go to our waypoint off English Harbor, Antigua. We are anticipating an early morning arrival on Wednesday. We had a nice sunny sailing day yesterday and good night watch. The near full moon makes for a friendly night among the high seas. We've been sailing on a starboard tack with a reefed main and staysail. Got a sore bottom from sitting and rocking and rolling all day and all night. These higher seas again make it difficult to sleep other than flat on your back and so my bottom doesn't get a rest even at night! I made my Peppercorn beef/pressure cooker last night with tagitelli. I figured the seas will be higher the next few days. We've been eating well. Down to our last two apples so into the canned fruit after today. Still have a weeks worth of frozen meat before hit the canned goods. Bread and pocket bread gone but lots of multigrain tortilla for sandwiches. Cereal, milk and eggs are plentiful. Looking forward to being able to grill and a glass of wine once at anchor. We've saved some pork chops for that event. Then of course our cookie, chocolate cupboard are well stocked. Hope all is well. Love and God Bless Sally, Al and Michael
Time Sun. Jan. 28 1200 Lat 17 59N / Long 54 57 W COG 280 M SOG 6.5 wx sunny tradewind clouds Wind ENE 20-25 Seas 3-4m baro 1015
Total 2634nm Day 19 156nm/138nm to wpt Antigua 395 To Antigua
Great sailing night. Bright moon and stars and 15-20 kts wind. We felt much success when our mail finally sent yesterday and received. Perhaps we are back in a good propagation area. We would enjoy some news from home. Wonder if Christopher got our voice mail sent on SSB on Wed.? We've received the same email from Judy S three times :-) Excitement as Al got off the radio with email success Mike's fishing reel took off ZING! It was a hard haul in. We had to drop sail to control and slow the boat. The other rod was tangled so we lost that lure but finally Mike had his along side. We gaffed it up on deck. Not sure what it was. Al thought baricuda Mike a mackerel. Long pointed nose, slender body and sharp teeth. We tossed it back as an unknown and besides that it STUNK! Perhaps we'll have better luck fishing soon.
Time 1200 Friday Jan. 26 Lat 18 32N /Long 50 15W COG 281 M SOG 6.0kts wx sunny some squalls Wind E20 seas 1.5-2m
Total 2337 Day 17 140nm 666nm to Antigua waypoint
Hi guys, Cloudy squally day yesterday. So lots of sail configurations. Squall came through about 1430 and we turned off and rode with it. Spotted another sailboat and made contact after the squall moved through. Sun Tikki from Denmark heading to Antigua. They are following a rowing regatta we think watching out. So they just sail around where the wind takes them. The regatta is about 250nm ahead of us so something to watch out for in a couple of days. We and Fred from Florida made a SSB radio contact a two way patch to Christopher. But he wasn't able to pick up the call so we left a message that all was well aboard and figure another week or less to go. It all depends on the winds. If it's not a squall we only have 8-12kts of wind. Big wind shift before dinner last night so we made the decision to drop sail and motor on low RPM's overnight. Good decision and a great night for our cockpit enclosure. I had 25 kts of wind and lots of rain at the start of my watch and 35-40kt for over an hour, The jib unfurled a bit but was able to easily reef it in. Finally things settled halfway through my watch. Glad not to be dealing with sails and rain for those 2 hours. Al started the engine just before Mike's watch. Dolpins joined us for breakfast and stayed to play in our bow wave for an half hour. It's a beautiful sunny morning with puffy trade wind clouds.
Total 2197nm Day 16 122nm another 799nm to Antigua waypoint.
Time 1200 Thurs Jan. 26 Lat 18 45N / Long 47 55W COG 265T 285 M SOG 5.0 wx sunny winds E 10-14 Seas 1.5 baro 1015
Hi guys, The propagation for sending on the SSB/Pactor hasn't been good. Some days we can send, others receive and sometimes neither. We haven't had a weather report in a few days but we've had a couple of quieter days/nights with light winds and seas. We are catching up after those days of strong winds and big seas! No luck fishing yet but hoping for dinner soon. We had some early morning squalls and beautiful rainbow this morning.
Mike finished up his "Z Pak" antibiotic this morning and sounds/feels much better. What ever crud it was Al started in Santa Cruz, I followed and Mike was knocked flat for a few days. Sore throat, fever, aches and horrid cough/ flem. It hit him alot harder than us. I started him on antibiotics on Wednesday. He still has a nasty cough but then my cough has lingered on too.
Other excitement last Thursday we had a wind shift while Mike and Al were trying to pull down the Mizzen sail and I was down below. No one at the helm and our spinnaker pole extension broke in two. Thursday night we traveled further south than planned. So Al rigged up the main boom as a pole for the genoa Friday morning. Then Friday afternoon he sawed off the raw edges and straighted the top. He ran some bolts and we are back in business. We just won't run the pole out as far any more. We lost some directional miles when we couldn't sail down wind but are doing better now heading west. Light winds equals fewer miles per day. Squalls again this afternoon which gave us some wind but NO FISH. WOW EXCITEMENT PLUS a whale just broached off the portside. So Cool.
Total 1665 nm made Day 12 122nm Still have 1283nm to our Antigua waypoint.
Time 1200 Wed. Jan. 24 Lat 18 57N / 46 02W COG 285 M SOG 6.0 wx cloudy/squalls Wind E 20 Seas 1.5
Total 2075nm Day 15 148nm Wpt Antigua 906nm Nothing major to report. Michael is all