USA to Bermuda – Day 1
Our position at 10.00 (14.00 GMT) Friday 11th May
We have 839 miles to go to the anchorage in Bermuda and our 24 hour run from 10.00 yesterday to 10.00 this morning was 168 miles.
We left Fort Pierce at 6am yesterday to use the high tide to get out of the marina, Camomile ploughed a grove to her berth on the way in. It was good to get going even though the forecast isn’t brilliant. If we waited there is some bad weather coming in and it takes a few days to settle after that so we decided it was better to go. If we traveled the rhumb line to Bermuda we would probably motor all the way so the advise from Chris Parker weather is to use the gulf stream and head north where there is a bit more wind.
This is the first part of our journey home, a distance of roughly 4000 miles. It sounds a bit daunting but last year our trip from South Africa to Florida in 4 months was 7269 miles, including some stops, so 4000 doesn’t sound so bad!!! This first part to Bermuda should take care of about a quarter of that.
So our day started with motoring yesterday but the engine went off at 13.00 and we sailed until 19.00 when the wind died as the sun went down. Turned the engine off at 4am this morning and have sailed since then. The gulf stream is giving us another couple of knots of boat speed so coming north and doing a big banana to Bermuda should work well. Our first long passage for over a year but we are gradually settling. It isn’t helped by the fact Bill and I arrived back from the UK with bad colds so we aren’t feeling our best.
I have sent our position to marine traffic this morning so hopefully that will be posted. If it shows Camomile in some outlandish place could someone let me know and I’ll adjust it.
I’m not sure if the link between the website and facebook is working but if not my sister is going to copy and paste it for me.
That’s all for now folks.