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27th November, 2012

Last evening we experienced a most spectacular sunset with a brilliant “green flash” as the sun dipped below the horizon. I’d venture to say that it was one of the best and most vivid “green flashes” I have seen this year. A fitting finale to our epic North Atlantic crossing.

Today we ended our journey as we sailed towards the lovely island of Antigua. The capital St John’s was literally right on our doorstep 500 metres away, just at the end of the quayside. The sun was shining and the ship was buzzing with excitement as all aboard were looking forward to setting foot on dry land for the first time in 5 days.

As we were in such a tropical paradise, there were some exciting shore excursions on offer. For those who wanted to explore some of the beautiful beaches, which the Island is famed for, the local taxi drivers were ready and eager for a fare at $12 a head! A ‘Catamaran Sail and Snorkel’ was another popular tour which, had I not decided to go to see Nelson’s Dockyard, I would have thoroughly enjoyed.

For something completely different there was a ‘Helicopter Tour to Montserrat’. Here guests could get a once in a lifetime experience; the chance to fly over the devastated island and view the destruction caused by the volcano in 1995. Whilst the final tour today was the trip to Stingray City, where there was the opportunity for the brave to feed and handle those amazing creatures.

For me, the visit to the English Harbour and Nelson’s Dockyard is not only to see the collection of “super yachts” assembled in the historic location but also to revisit for possibly the last time the arena where in 1977 I won Antigua Race Week with my good friend John Foster from the U.S. Virgin Island.

More to come from our next port of call – Roseau, Dominica.

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