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Blown Away - Arrival into Rodney Bay

As the mileage decreased we knew our expected arrival would be at night and after 3 thousand miles without seeing land for 3 weeks, we wanted to see the island in daylight.. So on Thursday morning just after dawn, as We watched another ARC boat , Escapado pass to our stern With their bright blue spinnaker flying, We took down our spinnaker and reefed our main in order to slow the boat down enough so we could arrive at sunrise the following morning. As we approached the Island the wind had increased and we were still going a little too well And so a bit of zig zagging ensued so we would arrive a couple of hours later. Eventually, as we rounded the headland to the north of St Lucia, dawn was breaking and we could see the stunning island to our port Side, with it’s steep peaks rising up into the early morning sky. Martinique was also visible to our starboard. As the sun began to rise further, though we had a quick shower of rain, the weather became more and more beautiful as we rounded pigeon island. we headed into the bay with Natasha on the helm and crossed the finish line with great excitement. We had done it! 18 days 21 hours and 57 minutes. We made our way into the marina, welcomed by familiar faces, and were instantly greeted by the ARC staff with rum punches and a basket of local produce. It was the end of an incredible Adventure ! Not the end of the story however, as our next chapter is about to begin!


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