Day 1 - North Atlantic - East Coast to Bermuda
Slipped the lines at 08:00 – we were under way! A cool morning mist, sun breaking through a light breeze and an outward tide as we motored down Winyah Bay to open sea – what a way to spend a Monday morning. A short stop on the anchor at the lighthouse to have a hearty breakfast and the all important safety briefing. Then it was raise the anchor and truly set sail for Bermuda – east! Winds fresh in the open sea – a south easterly, beam reach, rolling seas (but not too rolling for Di). Setting the boat up for a long sail on this tack, deploying the towed generator and playing with the "go-Pro” were only some of the highlights of the day. The real attractions were our sightings : a frog in the anchor locker (suitably rescued), at least a hundred sting rays (no exaggeration) – just feet below the water, flying fish and a very large leatherback turtle – just sunning itself only feet away as we glide past under sail, lastly a dolphin (playing in our bow wash) rounded it off - Mike and Di claiming most of the sightings (the Captain was busy)! A great start to the journey. As the sun begins to set on our backs we push on eastward into the night - hoping these winds hold for a few more days. Phil, Di and Mike.