Dec 14

Mission accomplished. Arrival into St Lucia

by in ARC rally, Indulgence

Friday, 14th December 2012

Current Position : Rodney Bay Marina, St Lucia, Windward islands, Caribbean

A few miles west of Saint Lucia, dawn breaks and John and Denis are sitting on deck with the islands of Saint Lucia in the background. What a scene!

It’s already been an interesting night and we gave it our all, shaking out all reefs, full headsail and powering full steam ahead for our first sight of land in 17 days. Earlier that morning, I had woken up for my watch to see Aidan clutching a transitory radio, tuning into Raggea Santa, tapping the beats on the cockpit and proudly claiming we are only 60 miles away. We watched the Southern Cross pop it’s head over the horizon for the first time on our trip, and this ticked another item off Johns bucket list.

The Piton mountains fully dominated the horizon and we listened to many other ARC boats calling in their position as they too came close to land. As we came closer to the finish line we were joined by Bulbo-Mittio, a Sunfast 43. It really was a race to the end as she came in under spinnaker, but we closed the door on her on the pin end. Its hard to believe that after such a long time at sea that a finish like this would be so close, or even possible.  Also at the finish line was our photo mate Tim Wright, of photoaction, in his little dinghy, who manages to shoot every major regatta in the world including many, many Cork Weeks in Crosshaven. Good man Tim.

On our list of must dos was a SWIM. At last, a glorious swim, and as soon as the sails were folded away, all four of us dived overboard into that warm Caribbean bath of salt water. We should after all let the autopilot do its last bit of work after such a hard passage!

Also spotted was another Cork boat ‘Transendance’ from Kinsale anchored in the bay, so we must find out more about our ‘homies’.

Homies of the Carribbean kind were all around. Greeted by the ARC crew and the island tourist board, with a bottle of Chairmans Reserve St Lucian Rum, and a basket of fresh fruit, including bananas ( in case we were short). There was nothing really that could be done and all we could do was step off the boat, sit on the marina and just look at Indulgence. First the first time ever we were happy to sit on the pontoon and just look at the boat from this side for a change.

Of course the local enterprising Rastas weren’t long turning up and within 30 minutes we met Ryan, offering local crafts, more bananas and other herbal remedies, that we hear may be illegal in other countries. As it turned out, he had an Irish wife, had been to the Guinness Storehouse and kissed Blarney Stone, which we believe to be true, in its entirety.

And now, the day is almost over, still hard to fathom it all again. Delighted to be able to have completed another trans Atlantic. Sleep, more rum, and more stories will continue.

11 Responses to “Mission accomplished. Arrival into St Lucia”

  1. From Shiver Me Timbers:

    Well done! Glad ye made it Joleen! Go and enjoy your shower ;) x

    Posted on December 14, 2012 at 11:27 pm #
  2. From Garret:

    Well done Joleen and crew. What a Christmas present! X

    Posted on December 15, 2012 at 3:08 am #
  3. From Denis O Kelly:

    Congratulations all! What an achievement! Heard about you guys guzzling rum already from coconut shells! Richly deserved Enjoy!!!

    Posted on December 15, 2012 at 9:22 am #
  4. From Thecla Cronin:

    Well done Broleens. Just so happy you arrived safe and sound.

    Posted on December 15, 2012 at 10:52 pm #
  5. From Charles:

    Well Done guys… Hows the head?
    A few things you never knew about St Lucia.. but now you are there…
    The Island was named by French Colonisers in the 17th century after St Lucy. A Christian martyr in Sicily. She dedicated her virginity to God.. and so her bloke left her…!
    The Frogs and the Brits swopped control 14 times during the 17th and 18th century.The National Bird is the St Lucia Parrot Jacquot which is native only to St Lucia.
    St Lucia has won 2 Nobel prized not bad for a population of 176,000. ( only the Faroe Island had a higher rate per population 49,000 with one)Want to go there next?
    Have a great Christmas…
    Oh and by the way as I know you were asking the question… St Lucy is the patron saint of the Blind, Martyrs, epidemics, salesmen, throuat infections and Writers! Well done on the Blog Joleen

    Posted on December 16, 2012 at 1:11 pm #
  6. From Seamus Harrington:

    Well done guys, as they say in west cork ye ARE the divils!


    Posted on December 16, 2012 at 7:11 pm #
  7. From Micheal:

    Well done to all and Congratulations.

    Posted on December 16, 2012 at 8:43 pm #
  8. From Ray Lovett:

    A fantastic achievement !

    Posted on December 18, 2012 at 9:24 am #
  9. From Donagh Glavin:

    Well done to you all lads, enjoyed the blog following your adventure, would love to see the photos, Cheers Donagh

    Posted on December 18, 2012 at 3:05 pm #
    • From Joleen Cronin:

      Cheers Donagh. Thanks for tuning into the blog. This morning, I put up some pics from our crossing and of St Lucia over the last few days. Here is the link >>

      Posted on December 18, 2012 at 3:18 pm #


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