Left Nanny Cay for 5th May arrived Bermuda 12 May.
Well, here we are in Bermuda! The “Triangle” didn’t get us although the moon did rise in a place I wasn’t expecting but that has more to do with my pathetic astronomy abilities, and the Raymarine time reset itself one night watch….The trip over was varied and interesting – strong wind and rough seas to start with for about 3 days so all the crew experienced the more uncomfortable sailing that we do. We got off to a slow start as the wind was not in a good direction for us to sail straight so we took the opportunity to do a few training jibes and hove tos. Everyone coped with the rough seas well and by the time it got calmer were quite confident that they could cope and the boat was safe! Neil and Bobbie were a little sick to start with but rallied for their watches and settled in quickly. Jesper didn’t miss a beat. No fish to be had, though.
We arrived in Bermuda at 8.30 am and were asked to anchor out to wait our turn on the immigration dock. The weather was overcast and a bit rainy so we didn’t get a good idea of just how beautiful Bermuda turned out to be. The first night was a pirate theme BBQ at the Dinghy Dock Club at St Georges where it was fun to catch up with the other boats. The prize giving came a few days later and we won the multihull division as we were the only multihull…….got a bottle of rum. Goslings put on a rum tasting and told us the history of the family run business. Lots of rum was sampled. My favourite was a butterscotchy one made especially for the Americas Cup.
We all walked in to St George township which was pretty and quant and historic and had lunch at the famous Wahoo fish restaurant. Bermuda is very lush and quite tropical compared to most of the Caribbean islands and very clean and organised, Most of the houses are bright pastel colours and the Naval Dockyard area is interesting., more touristy where the big cruise liners come in. Pete and I spent a day on buses going there and to Hamilton seeing the huge lagoon where the Americas Cup was raced last year.
On Tuesday the sail repair (tear on the leach of the gennaker) was completed so the guys got it back on while Bobbie and I went to do a provisioning shop for the next 2 weeks. Lots of food!
The sail over the start line was very picturesque with the yachts in full sail through the cut on aquamarine waters. Light winds predicted for most of the way so we will probably only go a little north and follow the wind.