Not only is the Spirit home for Christmas, she’s now been officially awarded 2nd place in the Cruising A division of the 2,100 nautical mile Cape Verde to St. Lucia leg of the race across the Atlantic. Our six-person crew finished in just 10 days, 11 hours and 55 minutes on November 29th. Upon reaching her berth at the Rodney Bay Marina, officials were on hand with gifts of rum punch and fruit – a welcome sight for a very tired crew.
Over this past week Sue and I, with our crew couple Tom and Hannah, sailed Spirit up the Windward and Leeward Islands’ chain to her new home in the British Virgin Islands. Reflecting on an incredible eight months of sailing, and almost 9,000 nautical miles, Spirit crossed the waters of The English Channel, sailed along the coasts of France, Portugal and Spain, explored the Mediterranean islands of Mallorca, Sardinia, Corsica and then sailed down to the Canary Islands off the coast of Africa to begin the race across the Atlantic to St. Lucia, then continued onward to the British Virgin Islands.
After a well-deserved rest for boat and crew, Spirit will spend the first part of 2016 playing in the waters of the BVI – after that, who knows? For now, it’s home for Sue and me for Christmas to be with family and friends and reflect on our incredible sailing experiences.
To all who have been following this blog, we wish you a very joyous Christmas and holiday season, and hope all are following their dreams into 2016.