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22/05/2016

Second Wind - YB Connect Message from Sylvie Furtado

Good Day:While we have acquired our perfect Penguin walk (sea leg), the wind has calmed down and we are catching up on our sleep.Second Wind and all crew handle the ocean very well (no sea sickness so far). Great sailing all along. Only today didwe start to power sail. This might not last too long before more strong wind. Today we saw a large turtle, Dolphinsand a whale. This was so exiting. They were like kids playing around the boat. Love to all our families and friends. Sylvie--Transmitted by Sylvie Furtado using YB Connect (www.ybtracking.com). read more...


22/05/2016

Adagio - Query??? What query?? Where oh where is Query??

Yep, it's just that easy to click 'here' just when the boat rocks a bit and actually click 'there'.Didn't even catch it until it mysteriously didn't return any results!Ah well, the hazards of Blue Water Sailing and public media :)In the meantime, we just crossed under the 1,000 mile to go mark and and it's a good excuse for a celebration ... then another one at the halfway point ... then another one for each of our birthdays (regardless of when they actually are :) and whatever other auspicious event we can conjure up.. like maybe "oh .. we've got wind!!"Wine and cheese party!!.. without the wine; we'll save that to help ease out of the land wobbles when we get ashore. For now we are just working with water and juices, saving the 'adult beverages' for time and celebrations. read more...


22/05/2016

Adagio - Giving way...

A low pressure system, properly placed and moving in the right direction, is a wonderful thing.Plenty of winds and cool, overcast weather with occasional rain showers to rinse the salt off Adagio's deck.But, just when you start talking about arriving and you accidentally use the term "if this keeps up....." the big "H" moves in and messes everything up. OK, not really mesing anything up.The crystal blue skies and warmer temperature and smoother seas are wonderful but we had to collectively wonder why the forecast calls it "WIND" and then says "2 kts".Is that wind???Well, I guess it is, because it's a headwind and we can note the tiny hinderance to our forward progress as we fired up the engine and are motoring along.While I'm not thrilled about burning engine hours, at least we are. read more...


22/05/2016

Adagio - (no subject)

gfs:34N,40N,38W,50W|1,1|12,24...96|Wind,press,seatemp,waves,cape. read more...


22/05/2016

Tinia - Calmer

After two days of flying along in lets say a mild gale its all calm, the suns out, Matt caught a tuna and we managed to listen to the FA cup on the ssb radio, how long will it last ? big winds up ahead and still a big swell. Dave has entertained us with his "its a knock out"Coffee making and cooking style, Lukes guitar playing is coming on, and after the tuna Matts got his grin back. JL. read more...


22/05/2016

Lerina - Dimanche matin - 4h00

Je prends mon quart ... il est en fait 5h00 puisque nous vernons de changer de fuseau horaire. L'océan s'est calmé. Il reste quielques traces des combats de la veille mais la vie peut reprendre à bord sans qu'on se demande ce qse va devenir le bol de lait ou la platée de nouille qu'on a dans les mains. J'en connais même un qui s'est reçu son pot de chambre sur la tête hier matin !!!Les déferlantes qui hurlaient dans un vacarme assourdissant en essayant de rattraper le bateau et qui s'essoufflaient en nous vyant partir au lof dans les vagues sont reparties ... je viens d'allumer le moteur car nous 2 noeuds de vent dans le nez. Nous faisons des quarts de 2 heures et les 3 autres dorment. Plus le temps passe plus les siestes de la journée sont nécessaires pour rattraper le manque de sommeil. read more...


22/05/2016

Aliena - Sábado 21 Mayo 2016

6º dia de BB a SuwarrowDe pequeña me llevaban a la feria y me montaban en una barca que costaba primero dos reales y despues una peseta el viaje de unos cinco minutos. En realidad era un columpio con forma de barca cuyo barquero empujaba manualmente. No podia suponer que tantos años despues iba a tener el mismo moviento en medio del Pacífico en esta travesia sin viento. Menos mal que ya vemos uno de los motus de Suwarrow porque faltan 7Nm para nuestro destino. Voy a calcular cuantas pesetas me faltan para llegar.Carmen. read more...


21/05/2016

Ximera - Leg 2, Log Day 5 – Still flying

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Ximera - Leg 2, Log Day 5 – Still flying
Ximera - Leg 2, Log Day 5 – Still flying
21/05/2016

Paw Paw - Log Day 132: A Fantastic Day with Friends, Old and New

Geared with her back brace and walking sticks borrowed from Cattiva, we were up early so that Elaine could get a head start onthe walk up to the Tropical Gardens, where we were meeting Nina and Do Over for lunch. After collecting Maria and Maurice in the dinghy, we headed for the closest beach and startedthe slow walk up the very steep hill. We had no sooner started the climb, when a lovely lady stopped and offered us a ride.Grateful, Elaine accepted while the others decided to continue their walk. Turned out the lady was, in fact, the owner of the Tropical Gardens and Restaurant.It was a perfect start to a wonderful day.Fruit cocktails followed by a delicious lunch, in the company of great friends, in the most beautiful setting with the most amazing views, was only surpassed by the. read more...


Paw Paw - Log Day 132: A Fantastic Day with Friends, Old and New
Paw Paw - Log Day 132: A Fantastic Day with Friends,  Old and New
Paw Paw - Log Day 132: A Fantastic Day with Friends, Old and New
Paw Paw - Log Day 132: A Fantastic Day with Friends,  Old and New
21/05/2016

Aliena - Viernes 20 de Mayo 2016

5º dia de BB a SuwarrowLa pasada noche ha sido de perros: Ni luna ni estrellas. Ha cambiado el viento para caer y olvidarse de nosotros, ha llovido toda la noche y el mar nos hace parecer una coctelera. Al menos funciona todo (salvo el generador que falleció), pues estamos recibiendo noticias de otros barcos con averias en el piloto automático, asi que no nos quejamos porque estamos a solo 116 nm de nuestro destino.Carmen. read more...


21/05/2016

Adagio - Over the Bounding Main

Well, whatever it means exactly, we are bounding a bit. Starting day 5 of the journey. Nearly 700 miles down and 1,140 to go.Adagio is performing well and making good speed for a cruising rig. We aren't pressing her too hard and appreciate some time in eased rides when we can get them. The weather, which has been "spirited" is starting to ease up on us and the choppy waves seem to be settling down in to predictable swells, even if they are a bit larger than yesterday's. It's making for a smoother ride overall, and a welcome change.Last night we waited as the winds gradually clocked around and eventually made the gibe to the north. The winds have stayed steady and provide plenty of power negating the need for engine propulsion.I believe this is the longest single leg that we've ever taken. read more...


21/05/2016

Lerina - La depression passe !!

On se bat depuis 2 jours contre une dépression qui nous poussebien mais qui met à 'épreuve les hommes et le matériel. Elle est entrain de s'élogner et demain nous allons retrouver des conditions anticycloniques.On se bat contre l'eau de l'océan qui s'infiltre partout et mouille les couchages. Yves a sa couchette trempée. On a trouvé l'origine et on a colmaté !! Une vague a suibmergé le bateau et a rempli la cabine ai=rrièrer, plus rien de sec de ce coté là. J'entends les déferlantes qui tapent contre les bordés et remplissent le cockpit. Les cirés sont sortis. A part ça, tout va bien; On mange, on boit, on dort. Il ne fait pas encore trop froid et Michel est un soutien non raqssurant, on sait où on va et ce qui nous attend. Tout va bien à bord .... Pascal. read more...


21/05/2016

Paw Paw - Log Day 131: Magical Moorea - At Last

Having seen a program on TV years ago, there was only one island Elaine was prepared to sail across the Pacific Ocean to see and for three weeks we've looked at it from a distance. But, today, we arrived in Magical Moorea. From what we've been able to see while we sailed along the coast, as well as the stunning scenery from the anchorage and the pod of dolpins we spotted to our starboard side as we entered the lagoon, it has definitely been worth the wait and every nautical mile sailed to get here. To add to the excitement, our friends on Nina, Do Over and Cattiva were all in the same anchorage by a stroke of luck. Needless to say, we received a very warm welcome - A lovely start to what we have no doubt will be a wonderful "home" for the next few weeks. So, as we watched the sun set in. read more...


Paw Paw - Log Day 131: Magical Moorea - At Last
Paw Paw - Log Day 131: Magical Moorea - At Last
Paw Paw - Log Day 131: Magical Moorea - At Last
Paw Paw - Log Day 131: Magical Moorea - At Last
21/05/2016

Ximera - Leg 2, Log Day 4 – Weather, but not quite heavy

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20/05/2016

Testarossa - The Rocket Ship

Testarossa Daily Message: Testarossa, The Rocket Ship / 19-20 May 2016//As of 1218L hours on 20 May 2016, our position is: 34*51.077'N /53*11.160'W. We are steaming 102* COG making 10.0 Kts SOG, middle of theAtlantic, bound for the Azores. Making good time...Making good time! Our Day in Numbers: ------------------ In the past 24 hours, we have made 234 NM's (Just about 4* of Longitude to the East) We have averaged 9.9 NM's / hour So far, we have made 573 NM's total distance since the Start Line (Bermuda) By 5-6pm local time, we expect to be 1/3rd the distance to the Azores -----------------Anddddddd the rocket ride continues! We continue to ride the "wave" -both literally and figuratively, of our current Low pressure system - just on the bottom periphery, as we plow ahead making good. read more...


20/05/2016

Second Wind - YB Connect Message from Sylvie Furtado

Moving along very well with reefed sails. We are all doing well and got the penguin walk down path by now (see legs). All man aboard are concern about gaining weight, this a great complement for the chef. Sylvie--Transmitted by Sylvie Furtado using YB Connect (www.ybtracking.com). read more...


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20/05/2016

Hejira - Internet dating

Well, it seems the Watermaker membrane is buggered. We ran the unit through the night and in the morning; the quality of the water was just as bad, if not worse. Email exchanges with the ever helpful Jim at Mactra confirmed the diagnosis and so Peter has another piece of equipment to add to his burgeoning luggage when he flies out to join Hejira in the Azores.We have been reaching under jib alone in increasing wind and seas for the last 24 hours and maintained good pace along the rhumb line to Faial. We have done 153 miles through the water but only 140 miles towards our destination because of a half knot adverse current. The wind has been a steady 25 knots with gusts over 30 exactly as forecast. AWOL continues to be stationed off our beam and we exchange the occasional VHF conversation. read more...


20/05/2016

Alcedo of Ryme - Blog 48. Suwarrow. 13.14.97S 163.06.46W

Thursday, 19 May, 2016.Sod's Law triumphant.We approached Suwarrow with about half the staysail and the spray hood in the company of Two Fish and Spirit, all of us faffing around in 17 to 20 knots of what would have been a perfect sailing wind.Needless to say, we had been motoring with whatever sails we could carry to help our speed until yesterday, when the wind got up from the E - ESE. To start with, we were making ideal progress, other than having to sail more south of our course.This was easily rectified when the wind went round to the SE, but with a gradual increase to 17 to 20 knots, we had to reduce sail over a 6 hour period to delay arrival time to arrive at daylight.At 06.30am it was still dark!The sea, which had reduced to a lovely slow and low swell, was getting rougher by the. read more...


20/05/2016

Aliena - Jueves 19 Mayo 2016

4º dia de BoraB a Suwarrow. Desde la pasada noche volvemos a navegar a vela, pero como en el mar no hay medias tintas ha ido subiendo el viento y vamos con dos rizos en la mayor y tres en el yankee. De todas formas lo peor es el mar. Estas olas "pacíficas" cruzadas hacen la navegación muy incomoda. No quiero ni pensar en los veleros que vienen detrás de nosotros que son los peques de la flota!!!!!!!!!!! Bueno, solo nos faltan 256nm y tenemos un atún de 4kg.Carmen. read more...


20/05/2016

Exody - May 19th - Weather !

Gale force gusts and sustained winds in the upper 20's befell our small ARC USA fleet last night as a low passed through, preceded yesterday with torrential rain and heavy cloud virtually all day.Exody was careering along under double reefed main and less than a treble reefed genny. Nearly close hauled, the south south westerly wind fortunately allowed us to maintain our rhumb line.It was very wet and we found new leaks in our cabin ceiling.As usual the movement down below was relatively gentle and we both slept well on our off watches.However, with that low for a taster, we are now even more keen to make port 300 miles away at the mouth of the Chesapeake before Saturday when the next deeper low forms off Cape Hatteras! Early this morning, the skies cleared, the winds abated and veered. read more...


19/05/2016

Ximera - Leg 2, Log Day 3 – Another fish! And flying along

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Ximera - Leg 2, Log Day 3 – Another fish! And flying along
Ximera - Leg 2, Log Day 3 – Another fish! And flying along
19/05/2016

Testarossa - Life on a 30* Angle

Testarossa Daily Message: Life on a 30* Angle / 18-19 May 2016//"If You're Not Living Life on the Edge - You're Taking Up Too Much Space!"Ole Naval Aviator's AdageAs of 1551L hours on 19 May 2016, our position is: 34*07.048'N /57*33.103'W. We are steaming 093* COG making 8.1 Kts SOG, middle of theAtlantic, bound for the Azores. Are we there yet? Quick Recap: ------------ Testarossa has made 339 total NM's since leaving Bermuda Day 1 at sea: 150 NM's made Day 2 at sea: 189 NM's made Distance to go: 1457NM (Argh!) ------------We have found the wind, and the wind has found us! So far, the wind hasbeen good to us. In the past 24 hours, we have had our best run yetthis voyage - 189 NM's made good. Winds remain at just over a steady10Kts, with this morning’s breeze building to 14. Seas remain. read more...


19/05/2016

Adagio - It's "Sporty"!

5/19/2016I've heard it said that while most people talk about the weather, sailors are the ones who live it.I know there are other professions (pilots, for instances) that have an equally intimate connection to the weather but I believe that the sailor is the one person who comes as close to the definition of 'purist' as it gets. Pretty much every aspect of weather directly affects the sailor.Nothing matters more to the sailboat than wind. It moves us along, it directs our course and our course of action.We make decision after decision based on current and forecast wind conditions; to either catch more of it or avoid the worst of it.I'm writing today about the wind and weather because, of course, we're out there in it.The low pressure systems that skate across latitudes north of us bring. read more...


19/05/2016

Testarossa - First Back Day at Sea - Bermuda to Azores

Testarossa Daily Message: First Back Day at Sea - Bermuda to Azores / 17-18 May 2016// "A Journey Begins With a Single Step..."As of 1700L hours on 18 May 2016, our position is: 33*38.213'N /61*10.340'W. We are steaming 097* COG making 8.0 Kts. SOG, and are...Wedon't even wanna think about how far we are from the Azores!!!And their off! For us in Class A, 1105L was the start of the ARC EuropeLeg from Bermuda to the Azores. And the setting couldn't have beenbetter. In the beautiful inner harbor just off the the quays of St.George's town, the ARC committee boat was anchored 100 meters off shore.Ringed by the amazing vista's of Bermuda on all sides; what is normallyquite a large harbor, suddenly became very small indeed with themaneuvering of 30 or so boats sailing back and forth - each. read more...


19/05/2016

Paw Paw - Log Day 130: Chasing the Western Horizon

Keeping all our photographs catalogued and organised has turned into a major undertaking, but it's lovely to relive the moments when screening and sorting them. It's also amazing just how many places we've sailed to and experienced over the past two years, but one photo remains Elaine's favourite - It simply brings back the joy in an instant, every time we look at it, of having our grandson aboard when we did our transit of the Panama Canal. And so, with all systems back in working order on Paw Paw, our "ships stores" replenished, dinghy fuel tanks filled, diesel tanks to be filled tomorrow and Elaine's back much improved with the help of her back exercises and the additional support of a back brace, we are, one again, ready to continue chasing the western horizon and to take a whole. read more...


Paw Paw - Log Day 130: Chasing the Western Horizon
Paw Paw - Log Day 130: Chasing the Western Horizon
19/05/2016

Pentagram - Welcome Home

Day 3 (Wednesday 17th May), at sea. Heading direct to Niue with Barbara Jean. Position at 2100 GMT : 17 17' South, 155 41'West, Wind : 10-15 kts SoutherlyIt has been a long time coming after 3 months cruising the Society Islands & the 7 months prior spent traveling, visiting with friends & family in Australia & New Zealand. It feels good to get moving again & on to pastures new with a little sadness too, to say goodbye to so many lovely people we have met on the islands. Niue is a beautiful island though with warm, generous & welcoming people, a trait of all the South Pacific Islanders we have found in our time here. It will be good to return for a few days.It has been fantastic meeting up with this years entries to the rally, albeit that we are struggling with names. read more...


19/05/2016

Hejira - Water, water everywhere.

Something over 25 years ago, I went through the sequence of RYA shore-based courses which culminated in Yachtmaster Ocean. This is way back when Morse was still part of the Yachtmaster Offshore syllabus! I completed them with the practical on all but the Ocean qualification.  The Ocean practical is largely about celestial navigation and with the advent of GPS and other navigational aids, it didn’t seem so relevant – or at least that was my excuse as I had found all the complicated calculations really quite difficult. However, in the planning for my ‘Atlantic Circuit’, it seemed a good idea, given the prospect of weeks at sea and the need to keep busy, to equip myself to be able to complete ‘the full set’. So it was that I purchased, on EBay, a very attractive post war, Italian, all. read more...


19/05/2016

Aliena - Miercoles 18 Abril 2016

3 dia de BB a Suwarrow.Esta noche la luna casi llena nos hacia pensar que estaba la luz encendida y eso animaba un poco la soledad de la guardia. Esta mañana ha subido un poco el viento, 10 nudos, y hemos puesto el Gennaker aunque despues de comer y a la vista de que tan solo a veces rozabamos los 5 nudos de velocidad,hemos puesto motor de nuevo.Al menos el agua es de un azul brillante muy bonito. Para consolarnos hemos comido una pierna de cordero al horno con vino de Toro. Nos faltan 397 millas.Carmen. read more...


19/05/2016

Lerina - Premier jour en mer vers Horta

Depart de St Georges vent dans lenez nous obligeant a un long bord de pres vers le sud pour pouvoir rejoindre vers le Nord le premier Way Point donné par Michel en laissant la cardinale Est qui marque la fin des massifs coralliens à l'est des Bermudes. Apres une nuit agitée (à giter!!) dans un vent tres modéré (moins de 10 noeuds), nous avons tourneé notre nez progressivement vers l'Est en meme temps que le vent tournait vers le Sud et nous avons repris progressivemernt de la vitesse ... Demain et apres demain, le vent va forcir jusqu'à 30 noeuds. On a mangé un gros plat de nouilles ce soir. Du sport en perspective !! Tout va bien à bord Pascal. read more...


18/05/2016

Free Spirit - Rockin it, Mon!

16 May 2016We left Bahia Mar Marina early this am, in time to catch the 8 am bridge opening.SV Nimble, one of our ARC USA FL Fleet boats is right ahead of us in the bridge queue.We understand that SV Aurelia won't be far behind.SV Altair and SV Karina have already left.SV Big Friskie is remaining behind in FL for a few more days.We basically sailed out into the gulf stream then hung a left.Once we found the current, it was sit back and enjoy the ride.We've had a beautiful day of sailing, sunshine and a gentle wind.We are rocketing up the coast, clocking speeds of 10 and up to 11.6kts!It doesn't get any better than this.We hope it will last long enough to get us home ahead of the next storm front.Andrea & Mikesv Free Spirit. read more...


18/05/2016

Free Spirit - Hail and farewells

14 May 2016It's time to scrub all the salt off Free Spirit and get things back in order following the passage from Tortola.Sadly, reality sets in and it's also time to say good bye to David and Alex, who are flying back home to family, friends, and that 4 lettered word called work.They've been a wonderful crew and we have really enjoyed sailing with them.After fond farewells, we hope our paths will cross again, be it on land or at sea.Our crew for the remainder of the passage home to Virginia flies in today and will join the boat in the am.Tonight is the ARC USA Florida Fleet final dinner, as we gather at a local restaurant to swap passage stories, as well as compare notes and plans from here.Everyone knows to give us a holler when they get to the Chesapeake Roads area for a continuation. read more...


18/05/2016

Free Spirit - Surfing USA

13 May 2016Another quiet night without much wind to speak of.We're continuing to motor and eagerly anticipating hitting the gulf stream as we feel the need for speed.We're determined to make it in tonight, preferably with daylight.About 10 am we added 10 gallons of diesel to the tank from the jerry cans on the rail.We were cooking right along until about 1230 when the block on the second reef clew gave way.Fortunately we were able to quickly replace it with a spare without losing too much time.By 1400 we were surfing the gulf stream, clocking 10.9 kts speed over ground… yeehaw!The skyline of Miami is on the horizon and our excitement continues to build.We know we're making it in tonight!!!!We just missed the 1830 bridge opening, so had to circle and wait until the next opening at. read more...


18/05/2016

Adagio - Off and Running: Leg #2

Leg #2, Day 1:Woke up and got going early. We left our spot, rafted up at the City Dock, and, expecting a big line-up, motored over to the City fuel dock to top the water and fuel tanks.We were pleased that it was open and vacant and we came right in.Water and fuel cost about the same (not really, but it's cool to say) and as I was paying our tab I had one last look around the store with that particular sense of "what on earth could I possibly be forgetting?" and finally decided that a bottle of orange juice might be nice to start the day :)Motoring away from the last fuel and water and supply dock we would see for 1,800 nautical miles sure puts a feeling of anticipation in you."Is everything ready?", "Will everything behave and work and come together on the boat?", "Are WE ready??"As a. read more...


18/05/2016

Adagio - It's the Little Things ( 5/18/2016 )

Having not been a lifelong sailor, I am often (very often) amazed by the solutions to seemingly difficult problems which come forth out of innovative necessity. I remember the day I innocently retrieved our anchor from the deep waters of Soper's Hole, Tortola only to find a second anchor tangled in ours. Now where did THAT come from???It did explain why the windlass seemed to labor a lot, but I didn't have a clue how to separate them. The owner of the other boat, obviously more seasoned than I, already had his engine started and was single-handing his larger boat to make sure that he didn't get set too far off.I lowered the chain back down to the bottom and ,moved forward a few yards, hoping that dragging them along would separate them, and it did. However, when I retrieved our anchor. read more...


18/05/2016

Hejira - A prudent start

Extracting Hejira from her cosy berth was tight with only a foot or so to spare as we turned to leave the harbour, but we managed it with aplomb, grateful that we had squeezed in and spent 3 relatively calm nights inside.The start within the harbour was curious as the course was dead to windward (usual) but with only a couple of tacks possible before the dead upwind narrow Town Cut and channel out to sea - we had misgivings. I think the organisers wanted the spectacle of all the yachts under sail but with the inevitable motoring through the cut and channel with flogging sails, there seemed little point and in our opinion, good seamanship favoured motoring across the start line, staying out of trouble with good visibility and raising sail once clear of the channel. It involved less than. read more...


18/05/2016

Ximera - Leg 2, Log Day 2 – Pleasant stay and well underway

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Ximera - Leg 2, Log Day 2 – Pleasant stay and well underway
Ximera - Leg 2, Log Day 2 – Pleasant stay and well underway
18/05/2016

Second Wind - YB Connect Message from Sylvie Furtado

Hello followers:We had a good starts yesterday after a little challenge. There was a line wrapped around our anchor. Jeff quickly came to the rescue with his pocket knife and freed us up to leave on time. Smooth sailing through last night and this morning. Moving south to avoid for cared strong wind. Enjoying good food and getting back into the routine. Crew is sending their regards to family and friends. Sylvie--Transmitted by Sylvie Furtado using YB Connect (www.ybtracking.com). read more...


18/05/2016

Exody - May 17th: Bound for the Chesapeake

It is midnight and the three quarter moon is filtering through the cloud cover - it's pattern just like an inverted rippled sand beach.The canopy masks the stars but an aircraft trail, straight as an arrow crosses, the sky and the moonlight reflects off the sea. One hundred miles out from Bermuda, Exody is goosewinging downwind rarely reaching five knots in less than ten knots of wind with a half knot adverse current.It seems too good a sail to spoil with the engine but too slow to reach port before a forecast weather system lands late Saturday!I am hanging my hopes on an imminent veer and increase in wind.Thirty six boats left St George's - thirty on ARC Europe for the Azores with a formal race start at 11.00, the other six in their own time on ARC USA. Pure Elegance and Viva left last. read more...


18/05/2016

Exody - May 15th: Blowy in Bermuda

It's Sunday lunchtime - the torrential rain and blustery westerly winds are abating and we may get out to be tourists.We are one of a dozen boats rafted up choc-a-bloc in the St George's Town Dock. It is a picture postcard little town with quaint historic buildings, a town crier. All roofs here like ribbed icing on a cake- kept pristine as water collectors.We arrived two days ago, motoring in most of the last 100 miles.The narrow 'Town Cut' is big enough for cruise ships but felt constrained to us.Queued then tied up at the customs dock for straightforward clearance then a very short hop to the town dock.Soon discovered the well sorted Yacht Services facility with internet, cafes and quite the highest quality toilets we have seen anywhere.Sadly no showers but that's maybe because we can. read more...



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