USA to Bermuda – day 3
Our position at 10.00 (14.00 GMT) Sunday 13th May
33 06N as far north as we go on this stage of the journey
075 33W another 2 steps nearer.
We have 550 miles to go to the anchorage in Bermuda and our 24 hour run from 10.00 yesterday to 10.00 this morning was 149 miles.
The engine was turned off at 13.00 yesterday with a zephyr of a breeze and stayed off. It was a very hot day as we traveled further north east having passed Georgia the day before and South Carolina yesterday. This morning at 5am off the coast of North Carolina, after 3 days of sailing north East we reached 33N and turned East. The new waypoint for the outer buoy at Bermuda gave 560 miles to go. This is the first time on our long journey that we have sailed due east since leaving the UK. We usually sail towards the sunset so sailing towards our first sunrise was magical, the colours were amazing, beautiful pinks and mauves, it was like England was calling me towards her.
As we gradually left the gulf stream the speed started dropping, we have been used to 7 – 8kts the last 3 days but within an hour the speed was down to 4.8kts. The wind got less and less and at 2.8kts (walking pace) we considered putting the engine on but we can’t motor all the way to Bermuda so resisted. Within an hour our speed was back to 4.7kts. We won’t win any races but it’s a comfortable ride. The forecast for the rest of the week is light winds so I don’t mind. No gales forecast, fingers crossed.
We are back in shorts and t-shirts today but it’s still surprising how warm it is.
I have sent our position to marine traffic this morning. As we gradually come away from the coast it should show us up a bit better.
Thanks to my sister who is posting these twitterings on Facebook.
All’s well on board.