The Oyster 53 ‘Magic’ has just arrived in St. Maarten in the Netherlands Antilles after a routine 36 day crossing from Northern Italy, and behind her a further seven pyd boats are in the Atlantic bound for similar destinations:

– The Moorings Cyclades 39 has, for a boat of her type, been quick ever since leaving Les Sables d’Olonne in Biscay France a month ago and should arrive in Marsh Harbour, Abacos in a few days.

– An Oyster 485, which started from Palma, Majorca three weeks ago leaves Mindelo in the Cap Verdes this morning bound for Barbados with an owner’s crew and a pyd Skipper and Mate aboard.

– The Kelly Peterson 44 ‘Golondrina’ en route from Horta, Azores to Fort Pierce, Florida is on an unusual route, which we haven’t done before, but is making very good time. Helped by regular weather routeing advice form the office her non stop passage to the US should be competed inside 25 days.

– Meanwhile the 90 foot Gulet designed ‘AWOL Again’, also ex Palma and bound for Antigua, is re-fuelling this morning in Las Palmas. She has a crew of six and is on an urgent delivery to Antigua after the last minute cancellation of a long arranged ship transportation, with the possibility of her missing a valuable New Year charter booking, led to pyd being called in.

– Malo 45 ‘ White Egret’ was supposed to be competing in Rally Antigua, but some last minute mechanical problems made the owner decide that he would leave getting her to the West Indies to professionals and fly out to meet his boat in Antigua before Christmas. She left Puerto Mogan in Gran Canaria yesterday.

– Farr 60 ‘Sweet Chariot’ is due in Las Palmas in three days time en route from Lymington to Antigua on what will be her seventh crossing with a pyd crew on board.

– And stylish Granny of the fleet the very pretty Sparkman and Stephens ‘Tomahawk’ from 1938 is holding her head high in mid Atlantic as she attempts a podium finish in Racing Division B of the ARC. pyd skipper in charge is Julian Hawe, who has been at the helm since September when ‘Tomahawk’ left Fowey in Cornwall for the Mediterranean.

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