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Day Sail to St. Barthelemy

Jun 26, 2009

Location: English Harbour, Antigua
Author: Kevin O’Conor
The Crew of Ocean Star rose early this morning to cast off the historic Nelsons Dockyard. 4:30 AM is a time of the day that most people don’t get to experience very often. For us today is was necessary as we had a scheduled 14 hour downwind sail to Gustavia, St. Barths. As the sun made its way above the horizon we were setting sails and making our way around the southern coast of Antigua. Once clear of Cades reef we set a course of 340 degrees magnetic and steered Ocean Star towards the French West Indies. It was a good change to have the engine off and only relying on the power of the wind to get us towards our destination. A gentle 15 knots of breeze pushed the boat along at a comfortable 7 knots and 14 hours after we left the dock in Antigua we were dropping anchor in the back of Gustavia Harbor. The crew spent some time spraying the salt off the boat and flaking the sails nicely on the booms. It was early to bed as everyone was exhausted from a long day on the water.