Race week in Antigua is stating to ramp up into full swing. Giant race boats abound, maxis, TP-52s, crazy French trimarans and cats, and boats that just look like fast cruising/racing sailing machines. Giant hulks of men walk up and down the docks, no doubt grinders for the big boats and everywhere you look crews are making last minute changes to their machines.
The races start tomorrow (Sunday) and should be fun to watch, except the breeze is forecast to be light for the whole week. Its looking like we are not going to be able to see too much of it though as we are planing on moving to the dock tomorrow for one last night to charge our batteries, fill up our water tanks and head off for either Panama or the ABC islands. This should be a fun little sail, the forecast is looking like moderate trades of up to 18knots max out of the East, being lighter the further North you are.
The ABC islands of Aruba, Bonaire and Curacao lie South West of us roughly 500 miles off the coast of Venezuela and Panama West South West 1000 miles. We are expecting to hear from our agent on Monday if the wait for the Canal is going to get any better, but so far it is still looking like 2 months wait to get through, which should put us spot on for Pacific hurricane season and make any trip North from the canal dangerous. The ABC’s are on the way kind of and would be fun to check out, so we are hoping to have some good news about the canal and be able to make that little detour.
Tomorrow will find us rigging, provisioning and going over all our last minute details to get Natural Mystic ready for the offshore passage. Antigua is a great place to leave from as no path to any port is upwind from here and you can still feel the spirit of Lord Nelson in this place encouraging wayward sailors to venture onward and outward wherever the winds might blow them.
I will leave you with the image of an Antiguan lobster trap, not made the same way as the ones back in the States, just sticks and chicken wire. They seem to work just fine as the lobster are quite tasty. Cheers- Kyber