Good morning from 16 nautical miles (18 land miles) off St.Lucia!
Land has been sighted! Crew are all awake and currently trying on their Union Jack waist coats. Susie is making us some bacon sandwiches and fresh coffee is being brewed. Spirits are high. Skip has even deployed the fishing line one last time – perhaps one last drama?
Overnight shortly after dinner we put in our final gybe after getting the spinnaker pole out to duck-wing. Gareth had to go forward to manually furl some of the genoa as the Mark V drive belt has now retired. On his last set of trousers, he chose not to take up Susie’s suggestion of rolling them up to stay dry and chose instead to drop them. It has been a long trip.
Our gybe worked a treat – we were right on line for St.Lucia and have sailed that line all night long.
We’ll go over the top of St.Lucia, around Pigeon Island and then it’s a short upwind leg to the finish line.
ETA – 10-11am St.Lucia time, 2-3pm London time
Time for bacon butties!