Sunday, January 31, 2010

Circumnavigation Complete!

We left Guadeloupe and headed for Georgetown, Bahamas where we would finish our circumnavigation.
We estimated that it would be an 8 day sail and our chosen course would take us within 5 miles of the west coast of the island of Montserrat. We set out at sunrise and within an hour, we noticed there was some weird clouds forming over Montserrat. As we got closer, we realized that the volcano was ejecting a huge cloud of volcanic ash. We had no intention of stopping at Montserat so we had never done any research on it. We didn’t know if this was a regular occurence or if she was just getting ready to blow. We changed our course to pass east of Montserrat so that we were upwind of the island and Toboggan wouldn’t get covered in ash.

Two days later, when we were passing by Turks and Caicos, we heard a cruise ship on the vhf radio talking to the US Coast guard co-ordinating an air lift for one of the passengers. As we scanned the horizon, we saw the helicopter hovering over the cruise ship to lower down the basket to evacuate the passenger. We did not hear how they were injured. I’m sure there are a million ways to get hurt on a cruise ship...not the least of which would be the extensive buffet.


There were no further incidents for the rest of the trip which went very smoothly. We arrived at Georgetown after 7 days and dropped anchor officially completing our circumnavigation. After we popped the cork on a bottle of champagne, words failed us for a toast. It had been an amazing adventure and I was overwhelmed by emotion.



We spent our time in Georgetown, Bahamas visiting our favourite spots. We had cold beers at Chat and Chills bar and conch salad made fresh by the guy at the water's edge. We played volleyball on the beach then cooled off by snorkeling in the crystal clear blue water.



After 5 days, we hauled up anchor and headed towards home. We plan to make landfall in Fort Pierce, Florida where we will take down the mast and ship Toboggan back to Ontario by truck. Steve will be returning to The Walter Fedy Partnership at the beginning of March, and I will be joining IWCC Training in Communication and Toboggan will be put up for sale.  We are very much looking forward to returning to the Kitchener area, seeing our friends and family again and starting a new adventure on land.

3 Comments:

Blogger Cheese said...

Wow...I cant belive your journey is complete. I cant tell you how much I looked forward to reading your blog about your latest adventure. Living surreptitiously through your adventures was something I looked forward to weekly!
Looking forward to talking to you guys back in KW!

Dayel and Nat

12:24 AM  
Blogger Cheese said...

Wow...I cant belive your journey is complete. I cant tell you how much I looked forward to reading your blog about your latest adventure. Living surreptitiously through your adventures was something I looked forward to weekly!
Looking forward to talking to you guys back in KW!

Dayel and Nat

12:24 AM  
Blogger Danika and Sten said...

Congratulations guys! You'll have to let us know how the adjustment back to the "real world" goes. We'll be making the same transition in about six months.

Cheers,
Danika and Sten
s/v Mata'irea

2:45 PM  

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