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Apr 03

The Delivery (Yep, we sold her!)

To mark the next chapter in our sailing adventure, we’ve created a new blog category, “The Delivery”. See – we are no longer cruising; we are delivering.

Over the next week or so, we’ll sail Free Range to her new home, Antigua, and deliver her into the hands of her new owners (whom we like very much and who we are very sure will take excellent care of Free Range). So, instead of wandering aimlessly about, we have a goal; a new mission – and it feels good!

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Last sunset in the Charlotte-Amalie harbor (St. Thomas). We were MORE than ready to get moving on!

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Happy to be on the move! Sailing from St. Thomas to Virgin Gorda to stage for the big-bad-Anegada Passage crossing.

 

To get Free Range safely to Antigua, we’ve broken down the journey into four passages:

  • St. Thomas, USVIs > Virgin Gorda, BVIs (35 nautical miles)
  • Virgin Gorda > Anguilla (75 nautical miles)
  • Anguilla > Nevis (80 nautical miles)
  • Nevis > Antigua (40 nautical miles)
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The push to Antigua.

 

The one we are dreading the most is the one we’ll do next: Virgin Gorda > Anguilla. It’s called the Anegada Passage (aka “oh-my-god-a” passage). Because of the direction that we need to go, we’ll be fighting the Trade Winds and a 1.5 knot current the entire way.

This morning as Chris Parker delivered the weather over the SSB radio, he told his audience that the “least bad” day to cross the Anegada Passage will be Saturday night into Sunday.

Words like “least bad” do not leave you with a warm and fuzzy: it’s going to be a rough ride.

We’re preparing for it as best we can: switching out the genoa for the yankee (smaller headsail, better for bigger winds); we’ll reef the mainsail from the onset (this means we make the mainsail smaller – its good to do this in strong winds so the wind has less sail area to push against); take extra special care to secure everything in its place down below; prep food – sandwiches; soup in a thermos (the worst thing in the world is trying to make food down below in bad weather).

And we’ve both agreed that if we get out there and things are BAD, we will turn around and wait it out in Virgin Gorda for a better weather window.

But, for now, it’s looking “good enough” to give the crossing a go.

 

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We’re currently in Gorda Sound, Virgin Gorda (BVIs). And it is beautiful.

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Saba Rock (where I am lounging right now, writing this post and drinking a glass of malbec!). It’s funny the different mindset – now that we know our sailing adventure is over, it feels okay to be “on vacation”, relax, drink a glass of wine, and not do much of anything…how weird is that?

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Eeeeeeping in paradise.

 

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  1. dad

    Hey !! So who ended up buying Free Range ?

  2. Tom L

    I bot her. May be a challenge to get her back to Colorado tho.

    1. Sara Hefti

      Good luck with that, Tom!!

  3. Grandma

    Good luck on your last voyage on Free Range. How will you get back to the states? I’m so happy you will soon be on your way back. XXOO

    1. Sara Hefti

      Hi Grams!
      We will fly back to the states from Anguila. Thinking about flying back to Michigan, saying hi to everyone, finding a car and then driving back to Colorado.

  4. Phyllis

    Good luck. Sending good weather your way. Keep us posted 🙂

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