USA to Bermuda – day 6
Our position at 10.00 (14.00 GMT) Wednesday 16th May
068 00W another 2 steps
We have 170 miles to go to the anchorage in Bermuda and our 24 hour run from 10.00 yesterday to 10.00 this morning was 124 miles. Average 5.16kts.
Our penultimate day at sea, should be in some time tomorrow. Luckily it’s been a fairly easy sail because both Bill and I have found the passage very tiring. I think it’s a combination of our colds, which have nearly gone, jet lag and it’s been over a year since we’ve done a passage this long. It will be good to arrive. On reflection maybe we should have waited another week to allow our bodies to recover but it’s a good job we didn’t because listening to the cruising nets there has been another front crossing Florida which has brought squalls and strong winds. The weather in the Florida/Bahamas area is so volatile we are glad to leave. Hopefully we’ll have about a week to explore the island then probably be off again. There’s a good window shaping up for Thursday next week.
Our speed has been up and down slowing to 3kts this morning but it’s back up to 5.4kts now. Hopefully our winds hold for our last night. Still F3/4 south but a bit more forward of the beam now so we are heeling more.
Saw my first pod of whales on this trip this morning. About half a dozen playing about 200 meters from the boat. Looking at their fins I think they were pilot whales but they didn’t come close enough to see. This trip has been sparse on wildlife, no dolphins, a few flying fish and of course the big booby bird!
I have sent our position to marine traffic this morning but not sure if it’s working. Apparently we are in some obscure place in the US.
Thanks to my sister who is posting these twitterings on Facebook.
All’s well on board.