Crew member on IRL1416 Cape Arrow
We lost contact with Nefertiti, we wonder if we passed her or not. What we know is that we were passed by the huge Athos and Adela. Adela's crew did a gybe peel! Can you imagine? Masts were lightened up like a Christmas tree. I wonder how many radios they have on board to coordinate manouvers among crew members.
From Nevis to Saba we left St. Christopher on starboard and we enjoyed the fantastic reaching with our A3, all away around the little island. Then, just in time for my turn of rest we started beating towards St. Barths.
Few tacks and 30 miles after (much less than 3 hours later) we started the easy approach but incredibly tricky rounding of St. Barths. Rocks, reef, no moon, many lights ashore, a buoy and a few other difficulties. Francesco Mongelli, guided us through the difficulties like he was playing with a 100 footer remote controlled model!
A2 was set up on starboard tack and once again we started regularly seeing 14 and 15 on our log.
Asking to captain for a word, he smiled and commented his swapping gennaker sheets after a gybe peel: "it was nice to hang again a gennaker sheet on after few years". We took pictures to prove how elegant he was!!!
A2 was dropped smootly and we started again sailing up wind to round St. Maarten to starboard, welcomed by a nice sunrise.