12 Jan 2019

11/1/2019: Farewells in St Lucia

We're just back from our farewell party arranged by good friends Dean and Kim who together with Avril and Alan on Weoghi and Billie and Craig on Flying Loon sailed up to St Lucia to wave us off. So lovely of them all, and what a lot of laughter tonight. Brilliant!

We attended the Skippers Briefing today which talked us through the weather forecast, suggested route and arrival arrangements. All very organised, not to mention the tours and beach BBQs awaiting us in Colombia! The weather should be pretty decent for most of the sail down there, until we get to th coast of South America when the Colombian low will have a big effect on the winds. We'll make sure we reef down well before we arrive there.

As the World ARC is a race, albeit a benign one, we have all been assigned a handicap and allocated to one of two divisions, fast and slow. We're in the fast division, the only boat under 50' so we're not hopeful of finishing anywhere near the front! Most of the bigger yachts have multiple crew which will enable them to sail harder while we reef down to get some rest.

So we're about to get some sleep on our last night in the Eastern Caribbean and then tomorrow we're off!

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