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Location: St. Helena

This morning started for me at 0430. I was woken by Watch Team 1 as we had reached a waypoint 10nm South of St Helena. This was the first required reporting point so I called ‘Saint Helena Radio’ on Ch16. A broken conversation followed with the late-night operator, where I disclosed our last port of call, the total number of persons on board, and ETA Jamestown. In return, we were granted clearance to proceed to the anchorage.
The island continued to stay invisible for some time after that, the moon being new, the clouds covering the stars, and nautical twilight not until around 0630 (if that seems strange, then it’s more to do with our time zone being a little off for our longitude). After coming back on deck after making another coffee, the skies had brightened just enough to make out a dim silhouette of our destination. Watch Team 1 were debating calling it…’Land HO!’… after some more musing, it was decided upon, and so word of our sighting was sung out through the forward accommodation. This was not met with the enthusiasm that everyone had expressed while discussing it the previous evening. Staysails were dropped and furled in the lee of the land, and we dropped our port anchor behind a few cruising yachts also visiting the island on their way across the South Atlantic.

The afternoon was occupied with giving back to Vela. She has brought us a long way and needs some deeper cleaning than our normal routine. The crew was split into teams to take to the various departments: deck, saloon, heads, bunks, and the rest.

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