I decided a few years back that I really wanted to enjoy the cruising lifestyle on board a boat. With Maryse along side, I had a soul mate that also embraced the same dream. After a couple of return trips to the Bahamas I realized that the boat I had, although well equipped and fitted out, was not the boat on which I wanted to cross larger stretches of water. Hence the shopping began for a new boat.
The end result was the purchase of Ambition .... a beautiful Hylas 46.
Our 2002 Hylas 46
Monday, December 4, 2017
Back in Antigua
Our sail from Guadeloupe to Antigua was to
say the least – uneventful. For the first 2 1/2 hours the wind struggled to
stay above 10 knots and with all sails up we maintained a reasonable 5 to 6
knot speed.Unfortunately it did not
stay – the wind dropped to 5 knots and coupled with a full 4 to 5 foot ocean
swell, we rolled too much to keep the sails full. Furled the genoa and the
staysail and left the main up to soften some of the rolling – fired up the
engine and motor sailed the rest of the way to Falmouth Harbour, Antigua.
Made the hike to English Harbour to clear
in through Customs and Immigration. Interesting that it costs 4 Euros to clear
into the French Islands and here in Antigua it is US$85! Still a small price to
pay for everything the island has to offer.
Antigua is really a yachting island and we
were about to get a taste of what that would look like for December! As we sat
at anchor in the bay, motor yachts and sailing yachts of all sizes and styles
arrived and tied up to the docks at Falmouth Yacht Club and Antigua Yacht Club.
It turns out that from December 4th to 8th it is Antigua
Charter Yacht Show. An industry event for the brokers who recommend and sell
charter vacations on these yachts. WOW is an understatement. A few pictures are
really the only way to get an impression of what the event looks like.
This one is for Marc T
For Seb and Pascale...
A BEAUTIFUL J Class yacht
I even tried to get a picture of what it
looks like at night with all the lights on but a boat at anchor makes a poor
platform for a tripod night shot ….
If you can’t be pretty ….. you better be
useful! No so sure about that!
Not the Belle of the Ball
Well just when we thought the all the big
yachts had arrived …… when we awoke this morning someone had shown up in the
night and dropped anchor just outside Falmouth Harbour – Just to show that she
was still the most impressive of the group in town! Queen Mary 2.