Day 7 - North Atlantic : Bermuda-East Coast
After another busy night – multiple cargo vessels: one towing, 3 maneuvering into shipping lanes and 2 anchored - made the 03:00 shift very active – thank goodness for AIS to track their movement and send our position - knowing that they could see us in the darkness. The rest of the day was spent pleasantly motor-sailing – some lift from light winds in very calm seas. Sea turtles drifted by, gulls flew alongside and the miles to our destination (Chesapeake Bay way point) were finally set at zero. Noon day run was the best of the journey at 134nm – and a vital competition point to Di! Squeezing through the southern entrance over the road tunnel whilst military oil refuel vessel “Oiley 469” and a rusty dredging ship “Stuyvesant” went by in the busy traffic separation zones was interesting! Finally, we turned into a quiet bay entrance and thence to Bay Point Marina, Norfolk Virginia. All tied alongside by 16:30. Customs clearance (on-board) at 17:00 – completed with the correct papers and our new cruising license – no need to leave U.S. waters for another year! Final tally of the competition gave Piko a 2 point lead and overall winner. Photos attached of the team beginning in Bermuda, sights and activities en-route and safe arrival! Phil, Di and Piko.