Sunday, February 20, 2011

Antigua Update

Hi everyone,
Well I arrived ok and was met by Barry a good friend here, I was invited to spend the night at his and Kates house which I did.
Next day found myself onboard again yipee, I got straight to work making sure all my comms would work, and download those drivers that were missing from those that didn't. i can report that except for the chart program for the laptop, everything is AOK again, so now to make plans on what to do and how I will proceed on the adventure.
I will have to organise myself as its been awhile since having to think 'boat'.

That was the first week here, I have now come to the conclusion that I will only feel safe and normal again by leaving Jolly Harbour, have looked at many options to do the TLC that is required, it means launching the boat going somewhere and pulling her out again though, a pain.
After searching around have been made an offer from IGY Rodney Bay which will suit me very well, it does mean going south instead of north, and all though i am behind schedule by 3 months I think I can make the time up.
The latest news is I will be launching tomorrow Monday 21 Feb at 2pm local time, have spent time on making sure everything is ok. Started with all through hull valves, one needed replacing and 3 were siezed solid, but as a mention the 5 orignal gate valves from 1936 were working ok and only required a bit of grease. The engine is ok as well, all charging circuits and batteries also ok, so ready for the in. Bending sails on today, will do a day sail maybe Tues. Wed. to make sure nothing else is wrong then choose the day to head for St Lucia
Will try and remember to take pics with the new camera tomorrow and post them before I leave.
More Later


  1. Hi Roy
    I am a little confused are all plans for New Zealand on the scrap heap, if so what are you going to do return to the U.K. & compete at the Berthon Regatta
    Best wishes

  2. Hi Roy, we are anxiously waiting for your arrival here in SL. All sorted at IGY as you know. Hope to see you Sunday as we have a big party going on at the club. Sail safe and see you soon. xx Dani

  3. Good luck Roy, hope you don't need it. Miss our time in China/Turkey, hope to get together again at some time. Mike