After the Atlantic

After the Atlantic – Sailing Advice for Atlantic Sailors

After the Atlantic is a new Facebook group run by Lovesail members Ian and Wendy.  Many of you will remember Ian and Wendy from several Lovesail articles.  Ian and Wendy met on Lovesail.com, fell in love and married last year.  They then decided to embark on the Longest Honeymoon ever and set sail from Devon.  On their yacht The Silver Slipper along with Bumble the dog, they sailed South to France and then down the East coast, their destination being Gran Canaria in the Canary Islands to take part in the ARC Race.

Ian says :

After crossing the Atlantic on the ARC 2013 we arrived in St Lucia. We spent two years getting ready and planning and had fantastic support from the management team of the ARC.

However once the adrenalin had gone we found ourselves in a new world, new problems and new cultures.

I have started a new facebook group so the we can share our positive experiences

This group is there to support and help all yachtsmen and women who plan to cross the Atlantic and live the dream. We all planned for the great challenge of crossing the pond to the Caribbean but what happens when we get there.
1000’s of yachts have made the crossing but like myself and many others once you have arrived then its a new world, new problems and new challenges.

We were not the first, nor the last so I would like you to join the Facebook group “After The Atlantic” and share it with all your sailing friends so that all our experiences can benefit others who will be following in our footsteps in the months and years ahead.

This site is designed so that any yacht arriving in the Caribbean can have access to others experience, be it the best electrician in St Lucia or where to get your tender fixed in Grenada. The information is out there and I hope that you will all feel that your experiences will help others whilst cruising the Caribbean.

Please join up as a member and share this site with fellow adventures and I hope this site will become a very useful and informative group for everyone.
Happy sailing, fair winds and have fun.

 

To join After the Atlantic Facebook Group just log into your Facebook page and search After the Atlantic.

Related Articles: The Longest Honeymoon Continues; The Longest Honeymoon Update

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The Longest Honeymoon Update

The Longest Honeymoon Update – Ian and Wendy News

Last we heard of Ian and Wendy they were getting ready to leave Las Palmas for the ARC Race.  Here is the latest longest honeymoon update of their progress so far….

Well a belated Happy New Year to all of you.

Sorry that we have not been the most commutative in the last month but we have been busy crossing a big pond. Not the Atlantic Trade Wind sailing we all dreamed of but a mixture of calms, 8/9’s very lumpy seas. We had to go south of Cape Verdes to try and catch some wind so the magic 25N 25W and turn right was never achieved.

The boat handled beautifully and we where always very happy and felt very safe onboard. Caught lots of fish so we also ate very well.

On arrival in St Lucia our problems started and have kept us preoccupied since then. Shore side electrics blew out all our onboard electrics including fridge and charger. We also have an ongoing issue with the fuel injector pump that we replaced in Las Palmas. The engine happily surges on its own to 4500rpm, bit difficult when it happens approaching the berth in Rodney Bay at 9Knt. Things like this make you concentrate very hard. No damage due to fine skippering but adrenaline levels were very high.

Wendy and I are now alone on the boat after crew and mother left on 31st December. Chance to rest, relax and get the boat clean again. Can’t believe what 3 weeks at sea and very salty water can do to your boat.

Anyway I’ll stop rambling and wish you all the very best in 2014 and we look forward to catching up with you all sometime in the future.
Lots of love and fond memories

Ian, Wendy and Bumble

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If you enjoyed reading The Longest Honeymoon update you may like to read the related articles, The Longest Honeymoon and The Longest Honeymoon Continues.

The Longest Honeymoon Continues….

The Longest Honeymoon Continues – Ian and Wendy’s Story

Back in April I wrote about Ian and Wendy, two Lovesail members that met on the site, fell in love and got married (read their story here).  Both very keen sailors they decided the best honeymoon they could have would be to sail around the world.  Would this be the longest honeymoon in history?  Here is an update of their trip so far…..the longest honeymoon continues….

 

Well the Silver Slipper has landed. We arrived in Las Palmas on Tuesday 22nd October.  After 26 different ports, 2650 miles and over 500 hours at sea we finally made our goal to arrive in Las Palmas ready to start the ARC. Our crossing from Maderia promised very light winds but to our delight we sailed most of the way and only used the engine for the last 60 miles on a flat calm sea.

We are now moored up on pontoon I so if anyone is in town please drop by to say hello.

Since our arrival we have been making final preparations so checking all our gear, making sure that we have ticked all the boxes’ in the ARC safety manual and looking for the best deals in town to stock up on food for the crossing. This is all new to us so plenty of thinking and planning is going into each process.

On our way south we have been lucky technically. Although we spent many hours planning and preparing both ourselves and the boat for the trip things still went wrong. Not surprising really as not many boats moored up in the UK do 2500 plus miles a season with another 2800 to go.

We so far have had to replace our alternator, fix and repair our throttle cable, sort out a leak in our fuel injector pump and get a replacement AIS transmitter.

We have made many great friends along the way and have introduced a number of new members to Lovesail.com as they were so intrigued by our story. In fact we recently received an e-mail from a sailing friend we made on our way south who joined Lovesail after he met us and is now arranging to meet my sister, who is also on Lovesail. It’s a very small world out there!

Our dog Bumble, who was the ring carrier at our wedding, is also enjoying the trip. She has been good as gold and just loves being at sea. She has also become our “Dolphin Watch” crew member as she sees or smells them before Wendy and I have spotted them leaping out of the water to cross our bows. She starts barking so we know there are dolphins about.

Safe sailing and fair winds.

Ian, Wendy & Bumble

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You can follow Ian, Wendy and Bumble’s ARC Race journey through the boat log on the World Cruising Club site, just search for Silver Slipper.

Many thanks to Ian and Wendy for their update.

Image courtesy of Ian

Related Articles: The Longest Honeymoon and The Longest Honeymoon Update

 

ARC Race 2013

ARC Race 2013 Starts Sunday 24th November 2013

ARC Race 2013 will see the maximum number of yachts participating some 245.  So much was the demand for the ARC Race 2013, all places were filled by January, that the World Cruising Club decided to organise another race called ARC+ .This rally will leave Gran Canaria on 1oth November (two weeks earlier than the official ARC Race). ARC+ has a stopover in the Cape Verde Islands before heading across the Atlantic to the finish in Rodney Bay, St Lucia.

The ARC Race is one of the largest trans-Atlantic rallies in the world.  The first race was held in 1986 and has proved to be very popular with sailing enthusiasts ever since.  It features on many a sailor’s bucket list. Anyone can enter the 2800nm race from Gran Canaria to St Lucia. Families with children, experienced racers, cruising couples, big yachts, and small sailboats.  The yachts cross the Atlantic together having adventures along the way.  Friendships are made both onshore in the weeks before departure and whilst under sail over the radios at sea whilst supporting each other.

So what do you need to join the ARC Race?  A seaworthy boat is a must, either your own or a place to crew on someone else’s boat.  A sense of adventure is also necessary and that’s about it….oh and a exiet form (remember those) from work!  The crossing will take on average around 20 days.

Crossing the Atlantic can be a daunting prospect for even the most experienced sailors but the World Cruising Club do help entrants and arm them with the knowledge to have a safe and enjoyable race. The pre-departure schedule helps ensure boats are prepared and sailors become relaxed and confident so they can deal with all eventualities once under way.  Talking to other ralliers is a great way to share knowledge and concerns, and to make new friends too.  The World Cruising Club provides entrants with a comprehensive Rally Handbook that is full of advice on how to prepare your boat and crew. They also run a range of in-depth seminars and quick panel discussions in the UK, USA and Europe.

If you want to participate in the ARC Race 2013 I’m afraid you are too late now for this year, but entries are being accepted for ARC Race 2014.  Just visit the World Cruising Club website.

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Lovesail was lucky enough to have a guest blog last year from the crew of Casamara, a Discovery 55 that took part in the ARC Race and sent back daily reports on their progress during the race.  To gain an idea of what life was like aboard Casamara during the race read Creative Cuisine for the Casamara Crew and then all the daily diary entries follow on from this.

Atlantic Rally for Cruisers or ARC Race

March Newsletter – Competition and Casamara Need Crew

March 2012 Vol.1 Issue 7 – Casamara

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Casamara need Crew

Many of you will be familiar with Casamara, the Discovery 55 that took part in last years ARC Race and posted daily updates of the race on this blog. After a fantastic crossing, they now need to sail her back to the UK from St Lucia. Her skipper is looking for experienced crew that would be interested. Free passage and food is on offer as is an opportunity of a lifetime. They will be leaving Rodney Bay, St Lucia around 22 April 2012 and taking about 30 days to reach the south coast of England stopping off in casamaraBermuda and the Azores. You will need to be an experienced sailor, coastal skipper minimum, and get yourself to St Lucia for departure around the 22 April. If you are in the Caribbean it would be an ideal opportunity to travel to the UK for the Olympics! If you are interested please drop me an email through the contact page of the website (link at the bottom of any lovesail page) and I will pass your details on to the skipper.

March Competition

We are giving away 3, 1 year gold memberships to the site in our March Competition and it’s very easy to enter. Just tell me the top 3 sailing website you visit. Just email me at through the contact page of the site listing your 3 favourites. They must be sailing related websites to qualify, there are no right or wrong answers and please do not list Lovesail! Names will be put into a hat and 3 winners drawn. Please let me have your entries by March 25th 2012 and winners will be notified by email after that date. Memberships will start from 1st April 2012. Good Luck!

Artist Member

One of our members, Brendan Chandler, is a very talented artist and how allowed us to showcase his seascapes on the Lovesail Blog, Lovesail news, please take a look if you haven’t already. If you have a talent that you would like to showcase on the blog, then just drop me a line through the contact page of the website, link at the top of the blog, and we can discuss it.

System Upgrade

We will be upgrading the Lovesail software over the next month, this should not affect members, and you will see some improvements to the site. If you experience any problems then please do email me at the usual address.

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Day 17 – Nearly there…….

Day 17 nearly there..

Sorry I’m late posting this one, busy day, so nearly there and some history about the Northumberland Fusiliers…….

Hi Everyone

Very nearly there and what a great trip. Shame that we have had to motor the last three hundred miles but it has allowed us to clean and tidy Casamara. A few minor repair jobs scheduled for ST L. Thanks to everyone on board and bigger thanks to my wife and family who have indulged me in this adventure. Love to you all. Simon P

Over to Charles for the history lesson and Julian for gastro news.

Battle for St Lucia – the feather in my cap

Charlie’s second contribution and one that he’s keen to write as he has a story to tell; its one that isn’t however related to life on Casamara over the last 24 hours but is pertinent to our imminent “nearly there”arrival to St Lucia. In 1778, the British Army was sent to St Lucia to make battle with the occupying French and restore British sovereignty over the Island. The Northumberland Fusiliers, the 5th of Foot, was the unit selected to take on this task. Battle was joined on St Lucia, and the white feather hackles from the headdress of the defeated French soldiers were taken by the Geordie victors and worn in their hats. The popular myth is that the white feather hackles had red tips because they were dipped in French blood. The truth behind the story is that the Northumberland Fusiliers new addition to their uniform was so admired back in England that all infantry regiments were ordered to wear them; to give the triumphant Northumberland Fusiliers the recognition they deserved they were given a Royal status, thus the red tips. I (Charlie) am a serving soldier in the Royal Regiment of Fusiliers, the descendent regiment of the Northumberland Fusiliers, so have worn the hackle with pride every day of my service and will be wearing one in sailing hat today as we land. A few days in St Lucia gives me the opportunity to understand the detail of the run up to the confrontation in 1778 and visit the battlefield(s); very exciting if that’s what fires your rockets. If you want to know more about the Royal Regiment of Fusiliers do visit the Regiment’s Headquarters in the Tower of London adjacent to the Jewel House. Charlie

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Well we are now only 6 hours from our destination, our ETA is just past midnight local time. I do have a similar feeling now to when I finished a trip I did some years ago, when we sailed from Hawaii to Tahiti. That trip was 2,500 miles straight down the middle of the Pacific. Essentially myself and my traveling companion Tom had overstayed our welcome on the US mainland and rather than try to leave via an international airport, we decided to fly to Hawaii (classed as an internal flight) and to slip away by boat instead. Having spent some time on Maui, we left around midnight one night and just sailed off in a 37 foot yacht that was very basic to say the least. It had no engine and no heads and the only means of navigation was a sextant. After nearly 4 weeks at sea and having overcome all sorts of challenges, we landed on Maupiti which is one of the outermost islands in the Tahitian island group and then had the pleasure of visiting Raiatea, Bora Bora and finally Tahiti itself!

As you know this trip has been somewhat different in terms of the total quality of the vessel we have sailed in, but the feeling of achievement is none the less because of that! I’m not sure quite yet, what we will have as our final supper before heading into the local restaurants for the rest of the time we all have in the Caribbean, but lunch was a filling pasta dish with prawns, sundried tomatoes, pine nuts and herbs all wrapped up in a white wine and cream sauce. I have very much enjoyed writing about my culinary adventure on this trip and hope that you have enjoyed reading about it. If you would like to keep up with my cruising cuisine column, you will find it in the Sailing Today Magazine, where over the following few months, I will be featuring some of the dishes that I have prepared over the past few weeks. Also a selection of the recipes will, as always be posted on our website GN Espace or you can always email me directly for information at julian@gn-espace.com on any of the issues and galley equipment highlighted on this trip.

One final mention is that of a new GN Espace cookery course that we will be launching at the London Boat Show in January 2012.  Adam Gray, my Michelin starred colleague, who has his own cookery school in Northamptonshire and I will be doing a series of cookery courses, partly land based there in Northamptonshire and partly yacht based in the Solent, for anyone who would like to get more acquainted with the rudiments of galley catering. Again for more details please email me at my email address above or come and see me at the London Boat Show in January 2012.

Thanks again to everyone who has followed our progress and good luck in all your sailing adventures, wherever they may take you. Julian Kimberley 

Image: St Lucia Sunset courtesy of Ardyiii’s Photostream

 

Day 16 – Crew Overboard on the Penultimate Day

Crew Overboard

I was starting to worry the blog wouldn’t be coming today but now I know why….Caribbean time!  So here we have Day 16 – crew overboard!

Day 16

Hello everyone

Our penultimate day at sea!

There was a hole in the wind predicted a week or so ago where there was little or no wind just off St Lucia. We had hoped by the time we reached the area affected, it would have moved on but no such luck! We managed to keep going under sail slightly longer than other yachts due to our northerly approach, but when the wind moved onto our nose and had dropped anyway to below 5 knots, we too had to concede that the engine would be required to get us in, unless that is, we wanted to spend another week 350 miles away from all the celebrations!

One rather unexpected benefit though of this lull, was the chance to go for an Atlantic swim! Crew Overboard.  Skipper Simon had always said that if the opportunity arose he would be the fist to go in and indeed he was! We took it in turns to dive off the bow and swim to the stern where we had trailed some warps and fenders to catch onto. Even in what was then incredibly calm, almost motionless seas with hardly any wind, the speed at which the boat and you drift apart is quite staggering! All safely back on board and lots of photos taken, sprits were as high as they have ever been!

We decided also to go onto St L time today, so all the clocks and watches got put back 4 hours. It made for a longer day of course and as the decision to change happened at 12.30 GMT it was now 8.30 am Caribbean time. Tim, (quick as ever) chipped in that whilst he had was just waking up for his watch and some lunch, it was now really time for breakfast and fancied a full English! Needless to say this was met with a chorus of approval and I was duly dispatched to do the honors. Lunch was served at 2pm local time and consisted of a Gem and Iceberg lettuce salad, with baby tomatoes, beetroot and a balsamic dressing, accompanied by a platter of cheese, some cold meats and warm baguettes. It is such a lovely lunch of which I never tier and reminds me so much of lazy summer holidays spent with my family over the years in various places in France but more latterly in the Dordogne region just outside Bergerac, wonderful memories! Dinner was beef steaks, cooked medium rare with a mushroom and grain mustard sauce and mashed potatoes. All in all delicious and a thoroughly well fed crew.

Fresh stocks continue to hold up well and we could easily be out here for another couple of weeks and still not have to resort to tins. I have to say too that the galley on these Discovery yachts is a real pleasure to work in and with the integrated galley system that we supply to Discovery and other leading boat builders is extremely safe and efficient. Both Discovery and ourselves regard and describe it as the benchmark for modern galley design and fit.The only other consideration for anyone looking to do long ocean passages with their yacht would be the refrigerated under floor gastronorm container pods and other gastronorm storage options and to perhaps upgrade from the standard/traditional single axis gimbaled GN Espace cooker to our unique multi directional gimbaled version (MDG). All the cookers come with the choice of either gimbals but with the MDG version you have the advantage of a cooker that takes care of pitch as well as heel and has an almost gyroscopic effect, ensuring an even more level, comfortable and safe cooking experience whilst at sea. The other advantage with this particular model is that it gives yacht designers an alternative as to where they can site the cooker in the galley, traditionally on the port or starboard sides of the yacht. With this version it allows for the cooker to be fitted athwart ships if required and consequently can lead to more options in galley design and layout.

Look forward to updating you all on our arrival in St L in around 20 hours time. JK 

For more details on the gastronorm system visit GN Espace

Follow Casamara’s arrival on the Fleet Viewer

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Image: Crew Overboard courtesy of someone on board!

 

 

Day 15 – A Guest Blogger on the Guest Blog!

Guest Blog

Day 15 – Charlie’s guest blog

Civilization as we know it and the skipper is chilled; so this blog, my first, is from Charlie – the new boy on the block. Until I arrived in Las Palmas I had not met any of the crew – it was a leap of faith and one that I have no regrets. Day 15, week 2 and my god what an experience it has all been. We have just eaten the most fabulous Sunday Lunch thanks to skipper Simon, with more than a little help from our talented Julian. Roast lamb (laced with knobs of garlic), roast potatoes, cauliflower, leeks in a white sauce and gravy; and this was all consumed with hardly a movement from Casamara. She was bowling along at 7.5 knots on the most delicious broad reach, stable, powerful and purposeful. For we are up against it. The weather is changing. For 14 days we have enjoyed the trade winds which, to quote the book, in November are “almost guaranteed to blow at 15 – 20 knots”‘ … until now. We are 450 nm from St Lucia but the winds are forecast to turn light and fluky and possibly disappear altogether. There was lots of debate on board this morning as to whether we should continue on our current strategy – a northerly hook into Rodney Bay, or whether a southern approach would be more fruitful. Our goal is still to complete the crossing without using our engine. I suspect that this may be reviewed if we have to sit motionless for 24 hours!

I have been the radio op for the trip reporting in to the net controller and taking down the progress of our friends in the radio group on a daily basis; you guys at home are far better informed being able to study progress on the ARC website. I am very much looking forward to meeting some of the voices in the flesh in St Lucia as there are some interesting sounding characters. There have been a couple of Happy Birthday serenades transmitted; although we haven’t had any birthdays on board, Simon’s son Alex and my son Olli are both turning 20 tomorrow and December 7 respectively. Amazingly, both are in their first year at Newcastle University, so Happy Birthday boys – have you met each other yet?

So what of Casamara – she is quite the most outstanding yacht, safe, seaworthy and very comfortable. What do I particularly like? The ability to make fresh water and to to have a shower every day. It is very humid even out at sea and as I type I am glowing gently; so having a shower makes such a difference. And we have a big fridge, and freezer so everything is cool! Time has flown; it’s been a great crew with lots of laughs. Thank you Simon and thanks Casamara for a wonderful experience. Love to all our families at home and see you soon – have all the Christmas cards been written? Charlie.

What a wonderful guest blog from our guest blogger! There is very little to add on the food front, as following on from our mega Sunday lunch, we have all just been helping ourselves to light snacks this evening and watching a few movies between watches. The general feeling of anticipation now that we are closing on St Lucia is growing by the minute. We have started to think about awards for each other (all very comical) and will no doubt be in a position to enlighten you more, once we have agreed the final categories! Fish have continued to elude us these past few days, but we have still not yet launched our secret weapon! I think I will finally unleash that tomorrow and can confidently predict a fish supper tomorrow night!! JK 

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Thank you to Charlie for a great first guest blog and indeed Simon and Julian for sending in such regular and informative updates on life aboard an ARC Race Yacht.  Lets hope for some pick up in the trade winds for an engine-less arrival.

Julian’s website can be found at GN Espace

Image: Courtesy of Landhere’s Photostream

 

Day 14 – Under 700nm to go

700nm to go

700nm to go and Roast Lamb.  This has to be my favourite roast, I hope you managed to cook it without any mishaps…..

Day 14

Hi everyone,

We are now under 700nm to ST L. Today has been quiet with just one gybe to check gear etc.

We have watched films, drunk beer and sun bathed. Had the company of some dolphins for circa 45 mins, which was nice. Have seen one other yacht today. Apparently we are 3rd in our class and hope to maintain or improve this! SP

My watch took me up until 9am this morning, so I went off to bed and slept until midday when my watch started again. I think it’s the first time I have done that and felt fantastic as a result!

Lunch was potato salad with a selection of cold meats and warm baguettes. Skipper asked for the mayonnaise on the potato salad to have some grain mustard in it, so I duly obliged and I have to say it adds quite a bit to the flavour. Dinner was tuna steaks with basmati rice and a cranberry sauce, which I thought might be a little festive now that we are after all into December. Tomorrow is our roast day and we plan to have roast leg of lamb with all the usual bits! It’s hard to believe that it’s been a week since we last had our roast pork, each day just seems to merge into the last but we are certainly eating well!

I promised to mention the vacuum packing and the advantages it has not just over the food but in other areas as well. It is worth mentioning that Adam Gray my colleague and Michelin starred chef, who will also be presenting with me at the London Boat Show 2012 is a specialist in this field. He will have many more tips I’m sure but a few that I have found most useful, are the fact that you can store food in portion controlled bags, which helps reduce wastage and keeps liquids sealed in and not running around the bottom of the fridge. Fresh food that looks like it is about to turn can then be cooked, vacuum packed again and then kept for longer still! The speed marinating that can be achieved with the GN Espace vacuum containers is an obvious one too and the fact that all sorts of pre-prepared meals can be stored in this way. In fact there is so much to write about on the subject and how it helps on such a trip, we may have to give over a whole session at London 2012 just to cover it! Other areas though are equally varied, for example if you want to keeps tools and emergency items secure and free from salt water contamination, or paper charts dry etc, the options are endless.

It often strikes me that racing crews if not already, should take advantage of such ideas, certainly for their food on board. I know from what I have read that they mainly favour the dried food option, which these days can be quite tasty I’m told, but I still wonder if that is the right one for moral? If not continuous, they often have legs at sea, twice that of the one that we will have crossing here and moral has got to be a fundamental issue with keeping those crews in the best possible racing shape both physically and mentally. Fresh food, if it can be made available, would I suggest go along way to helping in this regard. Cooking is a 24 hour issue too and having to race on the edge of each point of sail, must make life in the galley a significant challenge. We need to be talking more to the organisers and participants of such events, to see where we can suggest such additions and alternatives and certainly possible changes/improvements to their existing galley design and equipment. JK 

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Main Image: Roast Lamb courtesy of Acme’s Photostream

Other Images:  GN Espace Vacuum Storage.

 

Day 13 and thoughts turn to home.

Home Thoughts

Thoughts turn to home on Day 13

Hi Everyone

Busy night last night with squalls, so everyone has had a restful day today. The full English got put back to lunch and we duly sat down to the ‘works’ at 3pm after the ARC radio net reports.

This evening we had a simple supper of cheese and biscuits with some slices of apple. I think everyone is hoping for a quiet night tonight and some sleep! Tomorrow I will do report on how the vacuum packing has gone so far, certainly we are in no danger of running out of fresh food and have found that it also has many other uses for life on board!

As we get into the last 4 or 5 days of the crossing, I find my thoughts turning increasingly to life at home. I have been thinking a great deal about my family and friends and can’t wait to see everyone. Our little girl Isabella who is 4, nearly 5 is starring as Mary in her school Christmas play early next week and as I will still be out here having this wonderful experience, shall sadly miss it. I am so proud of her, she is such a little star and will be brilliant, of that I have no doubt! Hopefully there will be plenty of video taken, so shall look forward to seeing all of that on my return! JK

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The first of the fleet are arriving in St Lucia  now so visit the World Cruising Club site to catch up with the news.

For more details on the vacuum storage system Julian has mentioned visit GN Espace

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