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10 December 2003, 09:29 am
The Caribbean Calls
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Jolly Harbour

There are now seven boats safely on the dockside in Jolyy Harbour, Antigua. Arrivals are greeted with the traditional RAC welcome: basket of fruit, bottle of rum and the obligatory ice cold rum punches, all served up with a huge Caribbean smile.
Those still out at sea are now turning their thoughts to these luxuries and dreaming of their own arrivals. After a rum punch, top of the 'wish list' seems to be a hot shower and a very long sleep.

Disco Inferno have 266 miles to run and in Monday's report were experiencing frustrating light winds: "The wind died earlier than expected and we're very slowly making progress towards Antigua" said skipper Matt. "It's been like this for 12 hours now and the weather forecast says it is not due to fill in until the weekend. Let's hope we can find some magic zephyrs to get there!"

Flying Teapot is the next yacht due to cross the finishing line, hopefully in time for the early arrivals party and Eve II expect to arrive around 1600 local time tomorrow in Antigua.

Reporting on their last full day at sea today the crew on board Eve II said: "Yesterday we swam in the Atlantic - no sharks - and were visited by Dolphins. It was wonderful relief from the growing conviction that nothing else exists here except us and the saucer of sea that is sailing to Antigua with our boat.

The highlight of the day for them seemed to be the unexpected arrival of a hitch hiking bird. Apparently it circled, landed on the furled genoa and promptly slid off. It then swooped for the pole and missed before sweeping majestically towards the boom and hitting the vang!

Co-owner Evi takes up the story. "Exhausted, it landed on the deck, stood on the toe rail and fell off. We were delighted and deeply concerned as it settled in for the night. Somehow it survived until a grinning, bearded Chris presented it with yesterday's cold Spanish omelette. A look, a fluff and it leapt in the air. 'Bye, bye bird, thanks for the little white present on the deck!' Antigua, here we come."
Trish Jenkins (As Amended by ISAF)
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