Date: Sunday 9 January 2022

Position: 12° 36.250’ N 61° 26.980 W

SOG: 9 kn

Location: Chatham Bay, Union Island, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines

Distance Sailed during the week: 38 NM

Distance Sailed total: 6306 NM

Weather: 🌤, 27°

Most popular on the menu: Banana smoothie 🍌🍹

Animals spotted: Sea turtles and land tortoises, rays, pelicans, lizards 🐢

Comment of the week: “I can do this!”

Once more time we decided to set sail and head to the Tobago Cays. The main reason: almost all kids boats from ARC and ARC+ were heading there. So, the decision was easy. And what bliss! 15 boats with friends in moored the same place, and not just any place, the most beautiful place you can imagine. The kids were so excited during the day time, actually in the evenings too they were having movienights, sleepovers etc., basically all the fun!

As if that wasn’t enough, one of the boats had two Smart Kat and was willing to lend them out – so together with the other boats they organized a dinghy sailing regatta. Before the big day, the official Tobago Cays Cup day, all kids and teams could practice with them. Atle who had never sailed a dinghy before, just jumped in together with Axel and with comment “I can do this!”. And yes, he could!

16 teams, each with one adult and one child, except for two teams with kids only (Axel and a friend were one of these teams 💪). The rules were simple: the young guns had to helm and the. Axel and his friend Linus was part of the first race, but even before they had started they managed to capsize – there was a lot of wind (örnbrall as we would say in Swedish) with gusts of +20 knots. But after turning the dinghy upright again they were ready to start the first race. The races continued almost the entire day, and I am so impressed by everyone: all the teams that participated, all the adults that organized it and made it happen. The day also ended in the best way, a big barbecue on the beach. Thank you Henrik Hiilamo for the amazing pictures.

It feels kind of strange and unfair, living this life, being able to hang around with all these families and having so much fun together, like Covid does not exist. But we are not complaining, we are just so grateful! ❤⛵🌴

After some days, the wind started to pick up even more so we decided to head to Chatham Bay, a very protected and peaceful anchorage just a short distance away, at Union Island. A perfect calm place to start school next week. 📚

We are not working so much on the boat at the moment, some small things are on the work list, but nothing big, nothingthat can’t until another day, or week… Instead Jonas has gotten the chance to try a lot of new cool toys from other boats, he even tested wing surfing.

Next week school will start and we are invited to a birthday party at Tobago Cays. Except for that, we are excited to see more of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines.

Written by Susanna Edholm, edited by Hanna Ericksson

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