Saturday, February 27, 2010

Arrived in St Maarten at 4 am

The Anegada passage has a bad reputation but we got lucky with a slow moving cold front and an accurate weather forecast which allowed us to ride the clocking winds down to St Maarten and we sailed all the way there. The old girl was flying with the dinghy on deck and a partially scrubbed bottom. 8 knots appeared and even reefed down for the night we were hitting 7 knots regularly. This was speed over the ground from the GPS and boatspeed would have been a little more as there is a NW current in the passage. Of course this unexpected passage speed meant that we arrived early and had to creep into the anchorage under moonlight.

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