Sighted Barbados!Ulric E4
12/19/2009, 30 nautical miles East of Barbados
Finishing our supply of champagne after having sighted our goal: Barbados (Hans)
First of all, I want to stress my greatest appreciation of and thank you to everybody at home that have made this trip possilble through their generosity, support and sacrifice; in my case Imelda, the children and my mother. You have had to carry heavy burden at home while we have been fulfilling our dreams, as well as dealing with some worry. I also would like to thank my crew for a fantastic time together and making this trip not only possible, but also highly enjoyable. You have been very dedicated and always tried to resolve any problem in a positive spitrit as a team. Your cool headedness, the times we have been confronting any problems have been a crucial component to resolve the inevitable tough moments of this trip,
We are apporaching Barbados slowly; doing 5-6 knots in 11-13 knots of wind from behind; much less than forecast.This sets the mood of the trip; not always power reaching at high speeds, but slowly and purposefully getting to our goal. More and more lights ashore are visible. We will have to gybe to clear the Southern extremity of the island. We will then pass St Lawrence (where Imelda and I stayed in Kjell's Guest House on holiday in January 1997) before rounding Dodham Point and sailing into Carlisle Bay; our anchorage off Bridgetown.
We hoisted the Barbadian flag in our cross trees, as well as the Royal Corinthian Yacht Club's burgee at the top of the mast earlier tonight. The second bottle of champagne was uncorked. We are ready to arrive!