Here’s the raw notes from the passage. Timbo and Allie switched watch every 3 hours.. This is the first time I’ve actually left the helm and went below for a proper sleep when doing a passage.
We didn’t want to injure Robin’s back during the passage so demoted her authority to (please) SIT THERE AND DO NOTHING… HA!!
Allie is really learning this sailing stuff quick..… I’d sometimes wake up and hear winch’s cranking, etc… Mom would always be with her, but Allie was captain and in charge…
Robin told me during Breakfest that at one point Allie commanded a sail trim change… Robin didn’t really agree, but Allie took command and it ended up being the right thing to do… worked great..
So here’s the notes from the LogBook… lets see if you can pick out which ones Timbo wrote compared to Allie.
I’ve left out the co-ordinates we take each hour and other checks so you don’t fall asleep looking at this.. ha!!!
St. Martin to BVI – 85 Nautical Miles
11:00am 85 NM: Anchor up Marigot Bay
12:00pm 80 NM: 5 N/H Little Swell. Boat Blue conch from Canada passes heading east. Small fishing boat off starboard. 2 freighters off port. Mom Sleeping. Egg salad sandwiches for Allie and Timbo
1:00pm 76 NM: 4 N/H Cell phone still works – Called Float plan into Ryan – We are 9 miles out.. GPS shows arrival 9am to Spanish town customs/immigration.
Many boats, one tug pulling a barge on port. 2 sailboats heading East. One small fishing boat bobbing around. Reefed jib. Aiming for 4-5 knots boat speed with most comfort for Robin. This allows us a daylight arrival.
Fairly comfortable sail, some rouge waves.
2:00pm 71 NM: Squal approaching, wind clocking around the boat and showing signs heavy gusts possible. Reducing sail on Main and Mizzen , Jib down. Black sky, all islands have disappeared in the storm.
3:00pm 66.5 nm: 5 N/H Storm passed, shook out the reefs. Wind low and random direction, sky clear. Island of Anguillia off starboard side has fallen below the horizon. Mountains of St. Maartin still visible. Sailboat following us.
4:00pm 62.5 NM: 4 N/H Wind shift to ESE. All sails are up and full. Few waves from either side of us but mostly from behind. Very calm seas. Sailboat still following behind. St, Martin is very faint behind us, still no sign of land in front. Cruise ship leaving st. Martin heading North, don’t really know why. Few birds occasionally, but no sign of marine life. Hopefully whales will come. Compass direction 285
5:00pm 57.6 NM: 5.1 N/H Very pleasurable sail. Boat flattened out, speed picked up. Sunny and warm. Sailboat is still 1/2 miles behind us. Catamaran passed in front of us tacking to St. Martin. Boat is surfing the waves. SXM is hard to see, but still visible at 150 deg. Island of SABA rock is still visible at 35 NM!!!….Saw many birds diving catching fish. Dad and Allie had a snack, cheese meat and crackers. During this hour we noticed that the I in Island dancer painted on our boom is made to look like a sailboat!
6:00pm 53 NM: 5.4 N/H Compass: 280 No land in sight ANYWHERE. Sun is about to set. Sailboat behind us passed on our port side.. Waved at them. They have a spinnaker pole holding out their jib, so they are faster than us. Seas are the same. Looking forward to the bioluminence show tonight. Saw 2 red floats, Float by us. The sailboat behind us almost hit them.
7:00pm 48.3 NM: 5.1 N/H Winds have died down. Beautiful Sunset. Stars are coming out. Cant see any bioluminescence. Unreefed the Jib some more to smooth the ride. Dad gets 3 hours off for sleep.
8:00pm 44.2 NM: 4.1 N/H Dad is sleeping. Lots of stars. Bioluminance is now out! 2 cruise ships following us one on either side. Lights of SXM behind us. Sailboat off int he distance. Boat passed on starboard side going to SXM. Winds died down. Fairly roll.
9:00pm 39.7 NM: 4.4 N/H Jib was flapping, reefing changed and tightened the lines with success. Not too rolly. 1 cruise ship port, 2 cruise ships starboard. 1 boat starboard going to SXM. SailBoat is still in front of us going to BVI. We are Passed the halfway mark!
10:00pm Just woke up! Timbo! Setting a course south/west of our destination to maintain full sails with maximum comfort for Robin. Swells on back of boat make it rough. We are making too much time, will arrive too early. Follow this course for 25 miles then gybe up to Round rock passage.
11:pm ITS DARK! Where’s the Moon? It’s Gone! I hope the sun comes up tomorrow! NOTHING HAPPENED THIS HOUR
MIDNIGHT: 34.3 NM: 4N/H Still DARK. Counted 10,151 stars so far. Fireflys are swimming in the bow wake again. One ship port aft. Some kind of white light in front, may be the sailboat that passed us? All is well, getting COLD… Wearing PANTS!! and a JACKET!!! OMG
1:00am 30 NM: 4.3 N/H Found out what the light was, a tug! We changed course to get around him, then noticed a VERY faint red light a considerable distance behind. adjusted course. Good thing… tug was towing a barge. Would have been a big deal if we ran over his tow line eh!
2:00am 25.2 NM 4.8 N/H Lots of stars!.. Jupiter in front of us. Cruse ship passing on our port. LAND HO!!! Lights of the BVI in from of us!!!
3:00am 17.6 NM Gybed to to Round Rock passage, hitting 6-7 knots at times. Cruise ship stayed with us all hour, right on port side, same speed. Land lights visible. Ready to go!
4:00am Heading for summit of beef island approach through round rock. Eased off sails so we don’t get there while dark. Tortola lights bright. Were in 8000 feet of water. Turned on Generator and Watermaker at 3am. 1 cruise ship far off.
6:40am Made it through round rock: Sun rose right after we passed through. Arrived a little too early and had to do a drive by to wait for some daylight. No moon tonight, it’s too dark to see the passage.
Cruiseship lead the way at first light. Now in Sir Francis Drake channel. BEAUTIFUL!!!!
Here’s some pics of our new Home!!! We are anchored on a beautiful beach near the baths. Water is crystal clear.. I jumped out of the dingy near shore thinking it was 1 foot deep and it was >5… ha!!
Big Steak BBQ tonight and Early to BED!!!
Have a Great Day!