Land Ho! – MW Morpheus Log Day 15 -12/05 3:45 PM Antigua Time

We made it!

Tenerife to Antigua Summary Stats (per Captain Jim FB post):

Miles Traveled: 2,840 Nautical Miles

Miles To Go (to Antigua): 0

15 Days. Downhill all the way.

Average winds 17-25 knots.

No injuries other than one scraped forearm.

No boat damage other than a trash compactor that stopped working.

Official 2018 Morpheus TransAtlantic Crew Celebration Portrait

Passage Speed Records:

  1. OTTO CHEERLEADER AWARD: Jim on watch when Otto the autopilot hit 18.0 knots early on 12/03
  2. HUMANS DON’T NEED NO STINKING AUTOMATION AWARD: Kim hit 17.8 knots driving the boat while Otto was in a timeout for bad behavior later on 12/03

Quotes of the Day:


“Land Ho!” said MW upon joining the Kim and Deb coffee klatch at dawn, in the cockpit, while still about 60 miles out, looking around and pretending to see land.


“Bullshit.” said Kim & Deb simultaneously. They weren’t buying it.


Otto was back in control as we complete the home stretch to Antigua. Humans continued to experiment with Otto configurations, but with winds in comfortable ranges (16-20 knots) and the sails back in our standard downhill unreefed wing and wing configuration, Otto was doing fine. Some humans just wanted to take the wheel in anticipation of getting into Antigua early.

Captain Jim took a poll to revisit the decision of whether we would be mooring tonight with immigration tomorrow or going for the dock and immigration today. The results were decisive: Go easy, get a mooring, swim, and wait until tomorrow for immigration.



Kim was the first to spot Antigua. Earlier, Doug made a dubious claim of spotting the low-lying Guadaloupe island of La Desirade off our port beam.


This claim was unsubstantiated. I think he was hallucinating.


Actual time of landing per our Boat Pool rules, was 3:45 PM local time which Captain Jim claimed made Kim the winner of the Boat Arrival Pool.* With that, Kim won the Triple Crown of Open Ocean passages – Fastest Drive Time (for a human), First To Spot Land, and Winning the Arrival Time Pool.

Kim kicks ass.

Navigating the tricky shoals and reefs surrounding Antigua required the combined efforts of everyone on the crew, including Deb at the Nav station, Kim on the IPad next to Jim at the Helm, Mike and Doug watching buoys and depth.


We arrive in Falmouth Harbor during the Antigua Boat Show and one of the most egregious displays of ostentatious wealth any of us have ever seen. Those boats sure are pretty though.


Picked up a mooring, raised the quarantine flag, and went for a swim.



Checked the prop to see if we collected any debris along the way.


No Problem

Until we clear Immigration in the morning, we have to stay on the boat. But we have plenty of libations to celebrate. Kim and Deb broiled a giant rib steak served with garlic mashed potatoes and we enjoy a family dinner in the salon.




Happy to be here. Sad because the crew will soon disperse.

We have arrived.


Breakfast: Cereal

Lunch – Leftovers

Dinner – Monster Steak and Potatoes while moored in Falmouth Harbor.


My intent is to cross-post daily logs to MW Mobile Blog and Jim & Deb’s Morpheus Sailing Blog from SailMail. Due to the technology limitations, these will be short, text only posts. I’ll backfill pictures and video once I am home again. Eventually.


PostScripts – This post is the first non “SailMail” post after arrival. There were a lot of complaints from the Reader about the abrupt cutoff of blog posts on Dec 4 without any closure to the story. We are endeavoring to rectify that oversight in post production, starting with this post.

*A protest has been filed with the race committee over disparities in the rules regarding the time zone of record used in the Antigua Arrival Boat Pool Calculation.


  1. Wonderfully entertaining recap of your trans-Atlantic sleigh ride.

    Good on ya Kim – 3 trophies.


  2. Hi Jim & Deb,

    Really enjoyed the updates for your voyage over the Atlantic ocean. Glad to know that you and your crew all made it safely and can now enjoy Christmas in a safe harbor (unless of course you are heading back to California).

    I moved into my new apartment just a week ago and have been busy unpacking boxes ever since. I thought I did a heroic job of getting rid of stuff before I left the old house, but! I should have realized that the bible has advice on everything. Only needed to go to Genesis where God told Noah to only take two of everything.

    I’m still enjoying my weekly sailing and really enjoy the coastal trips, but am not sure I have the resilience to undertake a trip like yours. Morpheus must be one of the most used yachts in the world. Most boats never seem to leave their mooring. I can (just) see Sydney Harbour from my new place and will have an improved view in winter after the trees shed their leaves.

    My second son and his family are moving to Chicago in the New Year. Yep, I know, they must be crazy leaving Sydney summer for Chicago winter, but the promotion was too good to turn down. So, there is a good chance I’ll spend some time with them, and hopefully catch up with you one time.

    Wishing you and your family a wonderful Christmas and looking forward to reading more of your adventures in 2019.

    Stay Safe..Tom


    1. Hey Tom!! So great to hear from you. I’m sorry that we missed each other in Europe, that was close and we would have had some fun!!

      Morpheus is now in the Caribbean where she will be until mid Maybwhen we head North for one more pass through the northeast corner of my fine country (ignore our current president!). Please if you ever get the urge or simply find yourself nearby know that you are always welcome onboard and we would enjoy sharing this with you!!!


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