Tuesday 8 may 2012. PM
Grand reception – wednesday 10am – Governor’s harbour
AnTiki is being towed up to Governor’s Harbour tonight and will arrive at 10am wednesday morning.
She deserves a great Eleutheran welcome – as many people as possible giving Anthony three cheers. That should bring a proud tear to his AnTiki eye.
Monday 30 April 2012. PM
ANTIKI has LANDED.
Bruno sent me an email from the raft as soon as everyone was safely ashore.
ANTIKI HAS LANDED AT 12H03 PM
AT 025 17 N 076 19W
EVERYBODY SAFE ON LAND
Monday 30 April 2012. PM
AnTiki is sitting at anchor about 800 metres offshore near Governor’s Harbour Airport beach.
They chose to anchor there, with a little help from mother nature, and await a tow at day break.
The tow boat captain will advise them where best to come ashore.
More news as we get it…..
The YellowBrick posts their position every 30 minutes.
Sunday 29 April 2012. PM
A message from bruno on the raft tells us they are heading for the north end of the island… Harbour Island.
Good morning Robin,
As weather forecast predict, we are in a bad weather, so we are not going to land on the beach.
We will pass near (but safely away) from the sailors beach and head north to Harbor Island.
We may be arriving at the Harbor Island entrance around 9:00 AM tomorrow, but we may update you with the time later.
Can you find somebody to tow us in ?
All the best
Sunday 29 April 2012.
AnTiki is on the home straight but battling with inclement weather. Doon is a sailor on Eleuthera and he emailed this morning…
“Sorry we don’t have the gorgeous weather we had last week for your arrival. I’m scanning for your lights N of Governors Harbour but the rain is hampering visibility. ”
The crew have all the local information they need about different options, and there are good people on Eleuthera standing by to help.
Friday 27 April 2012.
AnTiki has made good progress over the last 2 days and is approaching Eleuthera.
Her landing will depend upon which part of the island they choose to arrive, and the weather will play a part in it too. Rain is forecast and stsronger winds.
But 24 hours will see her within sight of Eleuthera!
Tuesday 24 April 2012.
AnTiki is once again battling head winds and a current trying to take them back to St Maarten.
They have made great progress so far and will have to use the sea anchor for a while until the winds permit them to continue to Eleuthera.
Over the next 3 days, the winds will veer from north round to east reaching 20knots or more. So AnTiki have their work cut out.
But a high is building to the north of them so the solar panels will keep the batteries charged.
Saturday 7 April 2012.
AnTiki slipped her moorings yesterday at 9am and set course for The Island of Eleuthera in The Bahamas.
She has now covered about 40 miles and is doing fine.
Friday 6 April 2012.
Once the crew have recovered from their hangovers, they are all set to depart St Maarten and we can follow their progress on the YellowBrick page HERE.
More news later ……
Thursday 5 April 2012.
Anthony has assembled his new crew and is poised to set sail, perhaps as early as tomorrow, bound for the Island of Eleuthera in The Bahamas.
He estimates the 880 mile journey will take about 4 to 5 weeks.
Saturday 10 March 2012.
Anthony is en route to The Island of St Maarten ready to make arrangements for his impending trip from St Maarten to Eleuthera.
He considers it ‘unfinished business’ since he has always wanted to revisit that beach where the Anglo Saxon’s Jolly Boat was washed up in 1940.
Over the next few weeks Anthony will ensure his raft AnTiki is seaworthy and get to know his new crew. The original 3 crew are all busy with other things so keep an eye on this site as we introduce you to the new AnTiki rafters.
AnTiki is getting used to her new mooring in St Maarten but she cannot stay. The crew is beginning to emerge from all the celebrations laid on by the wonderful people in St Maarten.
The names I’ve heard most are Alan Bishop and Petra Gilders who have won a place in AnTiki’s heart and deserve enormous thanks.
I am asked what will happen to AnTiki. Will she be sold? Will she continue on up to Eleuthera? Will she become a tourist attraction? All 3? Anthony is scratching his new beard and trying to decide the next step.
So if anybody has any ideas or can offer assistance – please let us know HERE.
Names were added to the long list of people who joined the AnTki family and before we knew it a container was delivered to GPS where we loaded all the kit and shipped it off to The Canaries.
The raft was built in the lovely town of Valle Gran Rey and more hearts were won as the local community were inspired by Anthony Smith and his raft.
The effect of the Canary Isles’ sunshine and the sound of the adjacent Atlantic Ocean worked its magic and confidence and optimism overcame no end of problems.
The raft was finally finished and ready for launch.
The day she was launched was simply incredible. (LINK). Emotional and dramatic and successful.
And on January 30th the 85 year old captain and his trusty crew started on the adventure of a (long) lifetime to cross the Atlantic Ocean on a home-made raft.
Along the way they shared their adventure with us via the blog and all the time prompted us to be mindful of the good work being done by their charity WaterAid for whom they continue to try and raise as much money as possible.
You may be sure we will share the story and pictures right here, so watch this space!
Wednesday 6 April. 4am
AnTiki is safely at anchor in Simpson Bay on the beautiful island of Sint Maarten.
As darkness appproached on the last day of their journey, the crew successfully met up with the towing vessel that had been on standby 24/7.
She was safely towed to her mooring in Simpson Bay ready to ceremoniously pass beneath the bridge into the marina.
Tuesday 5 April. 9.30pm
The AIS signal is now being received by St martin and you can watch AnTiki’s progress LIVE!
AnTiki has been bowling along nicely at over 3 knots and has steered towards St Martin.
The Yellowbrick tracker is giving us hourly positions as the tension builds.
Remember Ole and Serge who are rowing the Atlantic? Well, they are about to land too.
Their blog is HERE which contains a link to a live webcam. Huge congratulations guys from everyone connected with AnTiki.
There are lots of people rushing around on St Martin preparing for the arrival of the four old geezers who have sailed their raft from La Gomera in the Canary Islands.
The people on Eleuthera are disappointed because they too were preparing a welcome for our intrepid adventurers.
Apart from washing the dishes after lunch, I wonder what the AnTiki crew are doing?
I would up that mast like a rat up a drain trying to see land!
Tuesday 5 April 1pm
AnTiki averaged 3.78 kts for the last 6 hours – the fastest speed for weeks!
So it’s not only the crew who are keen to make landfall – all that stuff we shipped out to La Gomera in November and cobbled together into a raft called AnTiki is telling us she to is ready to tie up somewhere warm and have a rest!
Tuesday 5 April 7am
The track shows the AnTiki raft nicely on track for St Martin.
The Yellowbrick picture shows their position at 7am and the big red arrow shows St Martin.
You can see how far they have travelled in the last 6 hours.
So my calculations give them 76 nm to go!
Monday 4 April (after the sun is over the yard arm.)
The Yellow Brick shows Antiki has crossed 61 degrees west and is inching her way ever so slowly towards her destination of Sint Maarten Island.
I am learning all about this beautiful Island and here’s a little history for you…..
How the Dutch and French finally partitioned the island makes for a great story. Supposedly, the two groups held a contest. Starting at Oysterpond on the east coast, they would walk westwards — the French along the northern edge, the Dutch along the southern — and where they met they would draw a dividing line across the island. The French set off, having fortified themselves with wine, the Dutch with gin. The ill effects of the gin, however, caused the Dutchmen to stop along the way to sleep off their drunk; consequently, the French were able to cover a much greater distance. In truth, though, the French had a large navy just off shore at the time the treaty was being negotiated, and they were able to win concessions by threat of force. The treaty was signed on top of Mount Concordia in 1648, but despite the reputation for peaceful cohabitation, the border was to change another 16 times until 1815 when the Treaty of Paris fixed the boundaries for good.
Monday 4 April
.As the raft AnTiki approaches the island of St Martin in the Caribbean Sea we all want to know exactly when they will land.
The Yellow Brick shows them about 100miles from Sint Maarten – yes there are two ways to spell it.
So it looks as though wednesday morning is the best estimate at the moment, but keep an eye on this page for latest information!
All the equipment and materials for the raft will be assembled at Huntingdon where they will be loaded into a 40 foot container ready to be shipped to The Canary Islands in November.
Once that arrives early December, the team will fly out and get it transported to La Gomera from where where the raft will be launched. Construction will occupy December and early January and after sea trials, the raft will be launched when conditions permit.
The support vessel will accompany An-Tiki for some days and be able nip back to shore if somebody forgets their tooth brush.
Once clear of Spanish waters the raft will spend the next 70 days (approx.) heading for The Bahamas and if the guaras do their stuff, landfall will be made on the Island of Eleuthera.