Sailing I-65 from Bahamas to St. Barth’s (MJ Sailing – EP 62)

We round out the second half of our trip, and complete our 977 miles from Eleuthera Bahamas to St. Barths.

Day 5 still brings somewhat unpleasant conditions, leaving both of us still not feeling our best, but starting to get over it a touch. While the waves continue to drench the cockpit, we continue to hunker out below deck.

Day 6 brings the sun and some calmer conditions, and we can start moving about the boat more and even get outside to enjoy the sun. Our hopes are temporarily brought up that we might make it into harbor the next night, but a quick check of our math shows us we still have two more nights at sea.

By day 7 the winds have shifted just off our nose, died down to under 10 knots, and force us to put on the engine. Matt explains why we’ve chosen to go to St. Barth’s over Sint Maarten, and even starts to clean himself up for the arrival.

Morning 8 puts us in sight of many beautiful Caribbean islands, and the entrance of Gustavia Harbor in St. Barths. Elements has finally entered her first port in the Caribbean. Toasting our passage with a bottle of champagne, we go over the boat’s performance on her first offshore passage with us.

Cheers from St. Barth’s!

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Music:
00:27 – I Met You in the Summer – Loving Caliber (ES)
02:28 – You Got Me Too – Loving Caliber (ES)
07:25 – Floating Hearts – Julyan Brynn (ES)
10:55 – Get Away – Tatono

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Our boat: 1983 Trisalu 37 (custom aluminum, built in Quebec)

Where we’ve been: 2.5 year refit in Indiantown, Florida; Abacos, Bahamas; St. Barth’s; St. Maarten; Antigua; Saba; Azores

Where we’re going in 2018: Ireland – UK

Our Previous Boat: 1989 Sabre 34 Targa (Serendipity)

Where We Sailed Her: U.S. – Bahamas – Jamaica – Cuba – Cayman Islands – Honduras – Guatemala – Belize – Mexico – Bermuda – Azores – Madeira – Canary Islands – Sint Maarten – BVI’s – USVI’s

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