We have now arrived in the Caribbean after a wonderful crossing aboard Oyai. It took us just over 19 days and we had lots of different conditions along the way: strong winds, ideal winds, very light winds, sunshine, rain and squalls. The sunsets, sunrises, stars and moon were our constant companions guiding us along the way.
We left Las Palmas in grand fashion, with all of the other 150-ish ARC boats as a mass start. It was pretty amazing to see that many sailboats all charging off together. The start of the ARC was scheduled for November 20th, and the wind was quite strong, gusting to 45 knots on the southeast side of Gran Canaria.
We would all occasionally sit at the bow of the boat and have our feet splashed by the bow wake. The water got quickly warmer as we nudged into the tradewind belt south of 20 N latitude.
We will post a second blog entry in few days about the second half of our Atlantic crossing. So many memories and photos/videos to share! Next up will be mid-ocean swimming, dolphins playing in the bow wake, squalls and more! Stay tuned and share the blog with anyone you think may be interested in our voyage.