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Skyelark 2 - Skyelark 2 Arrival

Skyelark arrived in St Lucia, overnight on the 7th after 16 and a half days at sea. At the start of the crossing we were hunting for the trades, making slow progress and burning some diesel. Within a couple of days we found them, whispers at first and then good solid breeze -  perfect conditions for us and we made excellent progress bagging several days over 200nm, trail blazing and keeping ahead of many in our class (not that it’s a race of course). 

We enjoyed fast and lively conditions, not too many squalls. The crew were great and the boat was sailed well. The chefs of the day kept us well fed with competition fierce to impress, no quarter was given to the often challenging conditions. Towards the end of the day, a deck shower and happy hours on deck were eagerly anticipated - the music going, snacks and our daily ration of beer (just 1), a time for general catch up and briefings before the night shifts. Surfing through the night on a magic carpet, a sled ride through the bioluminescence, and under the undiluted starry skies above will surely rank as the best memories and takeaways from this Atlantic crossing.

More importantly we had a cohesive, supportive and happy crew, the sense of camaraderie continued into the life on land, with daily meet ups at happy hours (thank you Spinnakers Beach Bar), crew meals and hotel parties.  As people start to make their way home to families and Christmas, they have made lifelong friends, meet ups are already planned and we are sure to see many of them back on Skyelark again.

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