We have just one place remaining for a Transatlantic voyage aboard Emily Morgan in 2016. All our ARC places are now full, so if you want to experience a Transatlantic passage this year join us from Antigua, leaving on 15th May to sail to Horta in the Azores. This promises to be the trip of a lifetime for someone – book now!
Well it’s been a whole year since we left a wet and rainy Plymouth on 1st October to sail to the sun. It’s been a fantastic year, visiting lots of countries, meeting interesting people and generally doing new things. So I thought I would put pen to paper (or rather fingers to keyboard) and review our experiences.
Has it been what we expected? Yes and no. We expected great sailing and performance from Emily Morgan and we haven’t been disappointed. Our Atlantic crossing from Las Palmas to Grenada took just 18 days as we caught steady trade winds most of the time. She has proved herself at sea in a great variety of weather conditions and also been very comfortable at anchor. We have had some really memorable experiences and been able to share some of them with wonderful guests.
We didn’t expect the Caribbean islands to be so diverse; it’s been a lovely surprise to find that each has it’s own culture, food and wildlife, but they have been united in being friendly and hospitable and great places to visit. Some have a more interesting history, some have more interesting scenery or wildlife. We don’t have a favourite, rather we have lots of favourites for different things: Antigua for history and sailing, Barbuda for snorkelling, the Tobago Cays for reefs and turtles, Dominica for fresh produce, the French Islands for cheeses, wines and pates. Our larder is now stocked with the best things from the different islands, including such delights as home made chutneys and preserves from local ingredients.
So it’s been a great year and we are looking forward to the future doing more of the same. We have the 2014/15 winter season in the West Indies, chartering between the Grenadines and the Virgin Islands. Next May we will sail from Antigua to the UK and then back to the Caribbean in November for another season of chartering in the West Indies. We have some weeks with no bookings and places available on the Transatlantic crossings, so do get in touch if you would like to share this wonderful life.
Miles sailed – 8392
Most westerly place – British Virgin Islands
Most southerly place – Trinidad
Countries visited – 10
Islands visited – 39 (not including the ones we didn’t step foot on)
Beaches visited – far too many to count!
Emily Morgan will be participating in the BVI Charter show at Village Cay Marina, Tortola on 16th and 17th May. This will be our first Charter Show, so we are very exited – Come and see us there!
Showing will be from 9am to 5pm each day, with an hour off for lunch.
Friday evening is the only evening of the show, and it is a “Dock Walk”
or “Yacht Hop” night. It is an opportunity to have brokers aboard for
cocktails and snacks and show off the ambience of the yachts at night.
Hi All, at last it’s time to catch up on Emily Morgan’s (EM) blog after a very busy time!
We had a great sail across the Atlantic, leaving England on 2nd October and spending time in the Canary Islands before heading across to Grenada. We took it steady and had a respectable crossing time of 18½ days. It was a very good crossing with a crew of seven and much better weather than the ARC had, who left 3 weeks after us.
We then worked our way up the island chain – wow, such beautiful islands, all so different from each other. We particularly enjoyed Grenada for the people and the underwater sculpture park, the Grenadines for easy sailing and spectacular snorkeling, St Lucia for the party atmosphere as the ARC boats arrived and Christmas was just around the corner. Martinique for a dash of French culture – the list goes on….
Antigua is lovely, so many bays to explore and so much to do, so we are basing ourselves here for a couple of months before going south again. The day we arrived we were persuaded (not that it took much persuading) to take part in the New Year’s Eve Nelson’s Pursuit race and came a very credible 5th in class with a scratch crew, and EM set up for living aboard not racing! but having lots of fun in the process.
As we write this blog we are anchored in Freeman’s Bay, just off Nelsons Dockyard, catching up on maintenance, baking, socialising and generally chilling out in the wonderful Caribbean climate.
We look forward to seeing some of you soon and hope those undecided will have a look at the rest of our website and Facebook page to see what you are missing!
Happy Sailing from Anna & Bones on Emily Morgan.