We had to motor around the southern end of Statia to pick up a nice tack direct to Gustavia. Our sail over was superb with great winds once again and a pleasant motion on the yacht. We had the last of our chicken Roti we got back in English Harbour. Pulling into St. Barths, Tracy and I went to Gustavia to do clearance and some shopping. As usual, St. Barths is very easy to accomplish as it’s all done by computer.
Perfect sailing conditions brought us along the coastline of Nevis and St. Kitts and across to the next island north of them, Statia (Saint Eustaius). A wonderful colonial history of commerce and duty-free trade at the time the other islands were be taxed heavily by Spain, UK and France put this little place on the map.
No wind for our return to Charlestown, Nevis and the sea state was moderate as well so a long seven hours to get back. Customs was closing at 16:00 so we were trying to get there in time so we could go to dinner on-shore. I arrived at their office at 16:10 and they were kind enough to help out and clear me in.
Well, we planned to make it further around the corner today to Deep Bay up by St. John’s but when we saw the big boats out racing again we just had to stop and enjoy them one more time. The sail from Nonsuch Bay was a little rough (3m seas and 20-25kts of wind) and we were in a broad reach most of the way with the big swells going under the boat.
While leaving Falmouth Harbour, Antigua to go anchor out for a few days in Nonsuch Bay, we were surprised to see all the Classic Superyachts that we’d been ogling in the harbour out for the day to practice for the Antigua Superyacht Challenge. What amazing luck to see all these huge classic yachts in full sail roaring back and forth just outside the harbour.
Sometimes, even if there is wind, you can’t sail. This was one of those days where the direction we had to go was directly against the wind. Even though it was blowing at 20 kts we would have had to go off the wind by 40-50 degrees and tack back and forth beating against a moderate sea to get to Antigua. Instead of a 7:30 hour passage it would have taken at least 12 hour or more.
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