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Passage to Antigua

Mar 1, 2008

Location: Antigua
Author: Dan
Today was one of our most action-packed days yet. It began early with a 3 AM wake-up call. The early wake-up was due to our 80 nm passage to Antigua; it would be our longest passage in over a month. After hauling up the anchor and setting sails, we divided into our watch teams and slowly made our way off the southern coast of Guadeloupe. Sailing was slow during this portion of the passage, but the winds quickly freshened once we rounded the southeast corner of Guadeloupe and came into contact with the powerful trade winds. This led to an exciting, but not uncomfortable sail. A few of the shipmates were treated to a dolphin sighting, and there were rainbows all around us as we made our way north. We arrived in Antigua earlier than expected at four o’clock and were able to get a spot at historic Nelson’s dockyard, the only remaining Georgian dockyard in the world. It was a nice, relaxing way to finish off an exciting, fast-paced day of sailing.