Well it's been over three months now since I left Australia and Spirit sitting on the hard at the Whitsunday Sailing Club and time has flown by. Hopefully in another six months I'll be back home with Spirit readying her for the water once again. I can't tell you how much I miss sailing on her and being free upon the ocean. Unfortunately we have to work occasionally and I can't complain my work is pretty cool.
Here's a bit of a breakdown of how the last three months have been for us here. I arrived in St Maarten at the start of February and took over the yacht I work on every few years when funds run low. She's been here since coming down from the US east coast in December. She's an 80ft ketch that was originally built for the 1979 Whitbread around the world race. She was a little to heavy we hear and because of this she was turned into a luxury yacht. She was then chartered around the Caribbean and sold to her present owners and my boss's in around 1984. Since then she's been privately run and does the Mediterranean, East Coast US and Caribbean.
So after I arrived we sat around St Maarten doing odd jobs and getting the boat ready for the owner to come down and enjoy. We did a one week trip around the British Virgin Islands before heading to St Barths for a week. We then did another three one week long trips around St Barth's before heading back to St Maarten where we had a week to recover.
After a weeks rest we did another seven days around St Barth's and then dropped off in St Maarten again before heading directly down to Grenada where we did a two week trip around the Grenadines dropping off in St Vincent before heading straight back to St Maarten where we've been for the past week. So with all that sailing and travelling time has just flown by. As you can see we're really just a fancy bus on the water travelling from place to place for a week or so at the time.
At the moment we are getting ready to cross the Atlantic. Our delivery crew are all arriving over the next few days and then we'll haul the yacht clean her bum with some new anti-foul applied we'll be fresh and ready for the crossing. We're hoping to be in the Med by the first week of June all going to plan. Then it'll be a few months around Italy and the Amalfi coast before taking the yacht to Holland where she'l go into a yard period. From there I'll be heading home to Australia and Spirit again.
I've put in a few photos of our travels around this part of the world. We've been fortunate enough to see some beautiful places this year and we were also lucky enough to be in Bequia during there famous easter regatta, which was a blast to see. Sorry again for the lack of updates and the length and quality of the text but it's pretty busy here at the moment. I'll be sure to update from the Med once we get there with some news about the crossing.