Happy reunions in Barbados

The crews of Gloria and Oysterbar being happily reunited after the incident reported earlier this week

Gloria’s landfall in Barbados was followed a few hours later by the disabled Oysterbar, being steered by its emergency tiller to the arrivals dock, its steering system still broken and out of action.

While Holger was talking to the crew of Gloria about their ordeal, Karin turned around and pretended to bite their boat’s toe rail to show her anger and frustration at what they had been put through.

A thoughtful Karin reflecting on a tough and demanding passage

Ian and Ann Clarke and Trevor Nash of Tourterelle

Next to arrive was Tourterelle, whose crew had been among those who had altered course to assist Oysterbar. While the reception dock was cleared of the early arrivals, who moved to the Careenage, three more boats arrived in quick succession.

Champagne arrival for Asante

Arrival Witte Kreeft

Trevor Chatelier, Peter Grahame and Margaret Rousseau

At 36 feet, the smallest boat in the fleet, Witte Kreeft (white crayfish in Dutch) had made a remarkable swift passage arriving only four days after potentially the fastest boat in the fleet – the catamaran Jiyu.

Jérôme, Kelly and Mia of Jiyu

The last arrival of the day was Peer Gynt, one of 11 boats in Barbados 50 to be crewed by just a couple.

Isabelle and Laurent of Peer Gynt

The new arrivals facility arrivals now has permanently staffed quarantine, customs and immigration offices, so that the clearance of yachts can be completed quickly and efficiently.

Eric Siegel of Laridae clearing immigration under the watchful eye of Barbados 50 agent Kevin Williams

Most of the fleet had been squeezed into the centrally located Inner Basin, right next to Independence Square… and all the action.

Anneka Siegel on the bows of Laridae holding court to the pupils of a visiting school

Laridae is one of several Barbados 50 boats that have been in contact during the Atlantic crossing with local schools in Barbados, and such a visit is only the first of several planned for the run-up to the Independence celebrations.

Barbados 50 is sponsored by Barbados Tourism Marketing and Tenerife Port Authority.

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