Montag, 9. April 2007

Fun in Bequia Regatta

hi all
We arrived in Bequia on Good Friday and as we sailed in we passed a big fleet of all sorts of boats battling it out in the 1st day of the Bequia 26th Annual Regatta. That evening in Frangipani´s bar we got chatting to lots of the people racing who included serious racers to cruisers just having a bit of fun... The captain of an X99 (X Factor, a 30 footer) needed more crew (6 in total) so on Saturday we were delighted to crew for him for the big race - Round The Island Race. We did it in approx 4.15 hours and we came 7th in the racing class! It was a great days racing, with lots of varied sailing including spinnaker, something we dont have on Freefall so the cobwebs were abruptly brushed away. It was lovely to see the whole island- most cruisers tend to avoid windward sides of islands, and we´re still nursing the bumps and bruises from the race.

Easter Sunday in Bequia was a day off for most of the racers - just aswell after the celebrations on Saturday night. There was a huge party on the beach with sandcastle and ´build your own crazy boat´ competitions and lots of locals pumping out calypso and soca music from gigantic mega speakers.

We are now approaching St Lucia. Much to the disappointment of Andreas, X Factor captain and other 3 crew who sail their final race tomorrow (Monday) we have had to leave Bequia on Sunday evening to get to St Lucia, so have left them behind looking for new crew...The best of luck to them!

Axel´s sister Susanne and the 3 nieces Zoe, Syddi and Emily fly into St Lucia tomorrow for a week so there´ll be great excitement on Freefall - its been a long time since we´ve had guests.
Em xx
PS There were no chocolate eggs this year for Emmie and Axi!

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