Our last night at sea and we’ve been chasing squalls for their restorative powers. A night of black clouds gives way to clear sky before dawn and the last moon of this passage bids us farewell.
First light of morning is our favorite.
We often watch from the aft deck or flying bridge. But today the view from our great room is such that we are compelled try and capture the feeling with the camera.
Wind pressure and seas are still giving us a boost towards Saint Lucia.
Although there is little motion, a definite sense of speed is present, reenforced by watching the VMG meter wind up on the waves.
Our Coastal Explorer computer screen is showing fresh coconuts and bananas just over the horizon, approaching quickly.
Between our stern down trim – all water and most fuel is aft for better high speed efficiency – and the natural bow lift, the forward sections of the hull are spending a lot of time airborne, which you by now are aware, we think is cool for a heavily laden cruising yacht.
After a pleasant crossing the Atlantic we are not ready for this to end. At a minimum our preference is to spend the night at anchor. But ARC race control is calling us on VHF channel 77, there are photographers in RIBs covering our last miles, and after 10 days, eight hours, one minute,and fifty six seconds, it is time to cool down the engines. Wind Horse has covered 2757 nautical miles over the bottom, 2817 through the water due to adverse current. Her average speed over ground is 11.125 knots or 266.9 NM/day. She has had to average 11.36 knots through the water to net out the current losses for a speed length ratio of 1.26.
Our arrival is not without notice. Horns blare, bystanders clap, dinghy occupants give a thumbs up sign as we pass slowly down the narrow channel. At the dock there is a steel band, fresh coconuts ready to drink (au natural for Steve, rum punch for Linda), a basket of fruit, welcoming by various personages, and cameras everywhere. It seems this crossing of the Atlantic is a big deal, especially for a vessel only powered by diesel. They think that we have done something special.
But after 50,000 miles aboard Wind Horse in the last five years we know different. It is simply what Wind Horse does.