Day 4 – Thursday 13th June

All good on board.  Slow night with winds easing.  Now SSE at 10kts and reaching with kite up going well.

Position at midday 26.24n 60.04w making 051 magnetic at 8.5 kts water temp 25.3  baro 1022.

Stuffed chicken last night all vg with bakes and salad. sausage sandwich for lunch.  Nic having good breakfast, 6 or so toast, glass chilled juice, bowl fruit, plenty of jam and honey, so I think he is AOK.

All good and pushing forward to NE to try and get N of the high into the SW flow

 Thursday night - slow going tonight at 6-7 kts full main and genoa…going well though.

A GOOD START

A wet departure from Martinique but they are making good progress.  200 miles yesterday and today they have given me their GPS position at 1330 GMT.  Click here to see the map.

Day 3 – Wednesday 12th June

Going well -194nm today and much more comfortable.  Sun out so drying out well.  Fixed the heater chimney and just finished the aerial, so hope that works…looks good anyway.

midday wed 23.21n 60.54w 1021 baro 25.5 water temp, making 020 magnetic at 8.5kts. 12-14kts wind so all good.

Busy day mending but looks like we are ahead of the game so all good.

Day 2 – Tuesday 11th June

All well on board.  Quite a busy night last night (mon) windy and rough, but very much better than the previous night and wind eased after 3am so all good.  Had a failure of the VHF aerial (starboard side) so at 2am I found it hanging from its cable trailing behind Pegasus…all hands… and we retrieved it and looks like we can mend it.   Just the bolt holding it at the base sheared and had to cut the cable, but if not damaged inside should be ok.  If not have emergency spare VHF aerial so not too bad. Anyway I’m sure we can fabricate something tomorrow when wind is behind.

I was up at 7am but Nic happy so I went back to bed to be called up at midday…wow slept well and strangely I seem to spend most of my sleeping time in our ngt morte bunk which is very comfortable and a novel experience when off watch.  Nic getting his sea legs and getting the feel of Pegasus which is great.  So some small damage but all good and a 200 mile day yesterday…great. (166nm day 1, 200 day 2). Our position midday Tue 11th 20.00N 61.04W making 8.5 at 015 magnetic (baro 1018 water temp 26.4)

NIC HEADS OFF ON PEGASUS

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Nic has joined Jason Lawrence on Pegasus, a Chris White Atlantic 46/LR catamaran, to cross the Atlantic.  They left Grenada last Thursday and sailed up to Martinique, setting off in earnest yesterday.  I am hoping to get daily updates on their GPS position and will the map on our website updated.  They hope to arrive in Cowes the first week of July.

Day 1 – Monday 10th June

All good here, rough and about 20-25kts wind but sea much bigger than we have seen for awhile.   Position at 10am local, about 16.21n and 60.41w.  Making 011 magnetic at 8-9kts.  Will push on north as close hauled, but may have to crack off a bit for comfort.

Monday night – all much better.   Spent day drying out Pegasus.   Washing line up – all wet and musky clothes and all hatches shut, door just ajar…smells terrible.  Sorting out Nic’s bunk which was wet from yesterday…water coming down heater chimney but all much better tonight and on wed through weekend looks like we can really get everything dry.

I obviously had something caught on starboard dagger board as when I lifted it this morning we started really sliding, which we hadn’t been doing since leaving Martinique and I reckon that caused us to be slow in getting out of the way of that big slapper..ho hum. Anyway much better day with some good steady mileage.  Now 50 miles east and just north of Barbuda heading just west of north and making 9kts.  Weather looking good over next week and should make our waypoint of 30n 58w on sat morning.  I hope then more easting into the top of the high pressure zone.

END OF AN ERA

It was a fast sail down to St Lucia where we stopped for a night.  Our overnight passage down to Ile de Ronde, in between Carriacou and Grenada, was even speedier and caused concern that we would arrive before daylight.  The weather was calm enough to spend a couple of nights anchored in this beautiful spot enjoying the peace, clear water and good snorkelling.  It was then a short sail down to St George’s and on, the next day, to Clarkes Court Bay on the south coast where we began preparing the boat in earnest for the sale.  Twenty four hours at Clarkes Court Bay Marina enabled us to offload our copious personal belongings and transfer them into a rental house which we have until we leave the beginning of June.  it’s been quite a challenge to get everything packed up and into a Geest container which is heading off to Portsmouth on 2nd June.

Irony now has a new owner and is tucked up safely in Spice Island Marine for hurricane season.  We have been living on her almost 11 years since July 2002.  She has kept us safe and been the catalyst for a decade of amazing adventures.  On to a new chapter for us and for her.

Nic’s new exploits start almost immediately…he is joining Pegasus to sail back across the Atlantic to Cowes.

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Jill Watson Congratulations and best of luck for the next adventures. Loads of love xxx
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Ian Ross-Smith Thanks for sharing your amazing journey with us Michele and Nick – sometimes I feel as though I’ve been there with you. How you guys have lived is an absolute inspiration to those trapped by convention and feel unable to live their dreams – much love Ian
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Pixi Bowen Wonderful news for you Michele - looking forward to hearing your news re houses in Spain!!!
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Scott Cook Congrats on the sale and for everything you did on her. We will fondly remember our time aboard and the incredible evenings we shared with the two of you in the islands.
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Joy Carey Happy:? Sad? On to the next adventure.
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Breanna Brown Best wishes for your next journey! Xxx
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Jack McFadzean Hope you enjoy being landlubbers as much as we have. We sometimes think of Scot Free but then say new pastures. We have or more accurately are about to buy a house by the sea near Dunoon. Keys on Friday 7th!! More on that to follow.
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Anna C. Sim Thank you so much for letting me live vicariously through Irony’s adventures traveling the world. Especially, joining her in Tunisia, Ibiza, St. Lucia (twice), Puerto Rico and the awesome fast sailing to Trinidad through the Tobago’s. I will miss her and am so looking forward to the next chapter of Nic and Michele.
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Angela Raymonde-Cutler Looking forward to seeing more of you and Nicholas. Have missed you. Now for a new chapter. How exciting

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Christine Nguyen CONGRATULATIONS! It’s always great news to hear that someone’s boat got sold!! Good luck on your new adventures!
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Margaret Colquhoun Turning the page.. You’ll be successful in any adventure to follow! It was a pleasure to cross paths in Grenada 2010.
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 Adrian Goldsmith to you both ,good luck ,adrian
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 Tricia Geary Congratulations on the sale. Sadness on the end of a wonderful era, but an exciting new future awaits. Pete and I hope to see you here in SW France if you do settle in Europe.

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MOVING ON

A few days anchored behind the reefs at Green Isle was the perfect place for Nic to ease his aching muscles from his stint on High Tension‘s winches during Race Week.  On weighing the anchor in Falmouth, I realised we had picked up a large black plastic cable of some kind.  For a heart-stopping moment I watched as it pulled the anchor into Irony‘s bow.  Thankfully it had a loose end and released us before causing any damage.  With the imminent completion of our sale, we are trying to avoid any mishaps!

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From Green Isle we sailed overnight to Petite Terre on the advice of Lost Horizon – 2 small islands, rimmed by reefs and glimmering with palm-fringed, white sand beaches.  The approach over a shallow bar necessitates calm weather but the anchorage, in swimming-pool clear waters, is not to be missed.  Uninhabited, apart from a lighthouse, it can be busy during the day with catamarans from Guadaloupe.  On arrival we picked up one of the 35 ton mooring balls only to be asked to move off it shortly after by one of the commercial boats. It seems they each have their specific mooring but none of them are marked “reserved”.  After a series of very French confrontations punctuated by a lot of gesticulations, the park boat moved a smaller catamaran to free up another 35 ton buoy for us.  Dramas over, we spend 2 lovely nights there.  Sadly the coral is pretty dead but there are still quite a few fish to see.  We had an enormous barracuda greet us as we snorkelled back to Irony after a swim.  There are some lovely walks along the beaches or up around the lighthouse where dozens of iguanas can be seen precariously perched in the bushes.IMG_1454

Saturday morning we reluctantly departed and sailed 3 hours down to Marie Gallant, another new stop for us.  It is usually too far upwind to visit.  On our way, we spotted what we thought was large dead turtle but on closer inspection we realised it was actually 2 turtles very much alive and mating!  We had a delicious lunch on shore and then set off just before sunset for Martinique arriving in Le Marin on Sunday afternoon.  From here we are heading back down to Grenada to meet up with Irony’s new owner.

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Angela Raymonde-Cutler Loved looking at your blog Mitch. Lets try and Skype tomorrow. Barracuda sounds a bit frightening! Hope you are both ok. Love 

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Michele Cutler Sailing down to St Lucia this evening and then leaving mid morning from there to do another overnight down to Grenada. Will look out for you on Skype tomorrow morning – about 3pm your time. Hugs, xxxxxxx
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 Angela Raymonde-Cutler Ok Sweets, look forward to a catch up xxxx
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Sally Courtney in Mustique on Saturday 25th will you still be around? xx

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ANTIGUA SAILING WEEK

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After a short visit to London with a weekend in Ibiza sandwiched into the middle of it, I am back on Irony.  Nic sailed from St Martin to Antigua on Thursday night to meet me and is now racing on High Tension again for Race Week.  The weather is glorious and the parties are non stop!

HAUL OUT AND SURVEY

Irony in the travel lift at Bobby's MegaYard in Simpson Bay Lagoon

Irony in the travel lift at Bobby’s MegaYard in Simpson Bay Lagoon

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Scott Cook Fingers crossed – we know what this means.
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Paul Young Great picture For the sailing unaware, is this for maintenance? A service in car terms?
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