St Lucia!!!!!!!Report Abuse
Tuesday 8 December – 23.50 GMT (19.50 boat/ local St Lucia time)
14.04N 60.56W – 0 nm to go – 0 knots
We made it!
After a fantastic fish dinner with lemon rice by Adrian and David, we were all really excited as land was well in sight and we were closing down!
Gybed a last time and put the pole away, and then slowly came closer to the wind, until we rounded the north point of the island and came hard on the wind, heading straight for the finish line.
We crossed the line at 19h.29m.36s, had some good shots (hopefully) taken by Tim and just tied on to the dock where we were welcomed by the ARC crew and the St Lucia Tourist board – and the tourist board did not come empty handed: 2 big bottles of Heineken (as if we didn’t have enough beer in the fridge), a fruit basket and 10 very huge, very strong rum punches. Without doubt the first of many yet to come.
Everybody is elated and hapy and chatting and drinking away on the dock, having terra firma beneath their feet.
End of a fantastic trip, for most of the crew their first Transatlantic, but already several have said hopefully not their last!
More punch is beckoning, so more tomorrow!
St Lucia here we come!