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Passage to Antigua

Jun 26, 2007

Location: Nelsons Dockyard, Antigua
Author: Beaks
The day began early for the crew of Ocean Star, we were up early and on deck ready to leave Nevis at 5am. We hauled back the anchor and began our motor down and around the southern tip of Nevis. From here we were able to set our course to Antigua, which unfortunately was directly up wind. We divided into our watch teams and began battling the waves. The passage was fairly slow, our speed dropping to 3 knots at times, and took about 15 hours until our safe arrival in Nelsons Dockyard, Antigua. We were lucky enough to enjoy the company of a pod of about 30 dolphins, who chose to play alongside our bow, showing off their acrobatics as they leapt high out the water. We were poised with cameras ready, but the timing was so hard, we managed to capture just glimpses of them. We are now tied up Mediterranean style to the dock in Nelsons Dockyard, English Harbour, the hidden, safe harbour in which admiral Nelson kept his fleet. The harbour is extremely quiet at this time of year, only one other boat on the dock, the others all having left about a month ago after the excitement of Antiguas world famous classic yacht regatta and sailing week. Everyone is looking forward to exploring English Harbour tomorrow.