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18 January 2011


St Helena was sighted yesterday, midday at a range of 35Nm. With its highest point at 818m, the steep-sided volcanic island cut an impressive dash in the horizon. We dropped sails at the NE corner of the island, motored into James Bay and dropped anchor at 1530 local time. After a quick and informal customs clearance, we jumped into a little ferry and headed for shore.

We’ve had some interesting landings on this trip but James Bay ranks top three easily! The relentless Atlantic swell calls for some dynamic ferry maneuvering and with the help of a set of monkey bars on the dock with knotted ropes hanging down…you get the picture!

Once ashore, we headed for the Consulate, a nice hotel in the centre of town. After a few beers and a lovely meal, it was back to the landing gauntlet and out to our bunks…


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