Merry Christmas and Thank You

by Adrian 21st Dec 2014 - Caribbean

With the ARC officially over and Vagaris back to a crew of two we are looking forward to taking it easy and cruising the Caribbean at our own pace with fewer parties and not so many rum punch induced hangovers, but before then we have Christmas and New Year to consider.
We would like to wish you all a very Merry Christmas – no cards this year, can’t imagine why – and we would also like to thank you all very much for all of your messages and emails during the crossing and when we arrived.

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Party all the time

by Jax 19th Dec 2014 - Caribbean

Barely a day goes by on the ARC without some form of party and last night saw the ARC costume party at the St. Lucia yacht club in Rodney Bay. The theme was naughty or nice. The girl was nice the geek was naughty – go figure!
Can you see what he is yet? Clue: that’s a gun in his hand (a ‘water’ gun that just happened to be filled with pina colada!) and that’s a cereal bandolero slung across his chest.

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It’s Christmas!!!

by Jax 19th Dec 2014 - Caribbean

XmasDecorations 1Unsurprisingly there hasn’t really been any time to think of anything other than crossing the Atlantic, and all that it entails. Since we arrived we’ve been busy catching up with friends and enjoying the ARC activities (social drinking mostly), but as Christmas is rapidly sneaking up on us, I did find a few spare moments to dig out the decorations yesterday.

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Vagaris crew in day off shock

by Adrian 18th Dec 2014 - Caribbean
Soufriere and the Pitons

For those of you familiar with the geek you will know how he loves to spend all day every day working on the boat….the boat that is already extremely well prepared for almost any eventuality…in fact he was heard to say during the crossing “I’ll put that on my jobs list for St. Lucia”….wtf?! How about putting “relax and take it easy” on the jobs list for St.

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Fruit & Veg

by Jax 18th Dec 2014 - Caribbean

During our passage we ate very well, as food was quite important for morale and keeping us busy. Despite buying seemingly huge amounts of fresh fruit and vegetables (100 satsumas, 90 apples etc) we went through most of it.

Before and after photos of fruit and veg supplies…

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Dark arrival

by admin 15th Dec 2014 - North Atlantic

We arrived in Rodney Bay marina, St Lucia last night at 1943 local
time after 20 days and 3050 miles at sea.

Atlantic weed and swimming

by Adrian 14th Dec 2014 - North Atlantic

We've been motoring for a day, and every few hours have had to stop and let the prop fold to clear off accumulated weed.

Arrival Preparations

by Adrian 14th Dec 2014 - North Atlantic

60 miles to go and we're making preparations for arrival.

Nearly finished

by Adrian 14th Dec 2014 - North Atlantic

We've less than 130 miles to go now and due to low winds have decided to motor the last few miles.
The wind has dropped to less than 10 knots, so instead of taking 3 days to slowly sail the last couple of hundred miles we decided to motor in order to arrive late Sunday night so we can start enjoying the rum punches and celebrations.

Preventative maintenance

by Adrian 12th Dec 2014 - North Atlantic

We've 400 miles to go and we're currently barrelling along in 20 knots of wind, so it's a bit rolly.
Over the past few days however we've had very light winds from dead astern, so have been smoothly sailing downwind on the Parasailor. We took it down earlier after a 24 hour run to check for chafe and found the halyard severely chewed at the top.