20 26 N 63 25 W
WHEW!!....loads of maintenance completed
over the last 10 days in St Maartens; Sea Mist has probably never been more up
to date and ready to rock and roll. Late on Friday, the last part needed for the
Westerbeke Generator arrived by FEDEX and after I installed it, all seems to be
operating fine on that important system.
At noon yesterday, Saturday, we got
underway from Simpson Bay, St Maartens for the 900 nm passage to Bermuda. Started out very slow for the first 4 hours of
little wind but then it has been good steady sailing ever since….reefed
about half the time and full sails out the rest. Weather looks a bit mixed
enroute but nothing serious by way of winds or seas is expected…just the
local squalls that can be expected this time of year in these waters. Hopefully
it will be a comfortable ride for the crew…even if a bit slower than we
are generally used to….. Depending on how much wind we can find, the
duration will be about 6 days give or take a day.!
720 miles to go to St Georges on the East
end of Bermuda where we have to check in and
handle formalities. After that is done, it will be about another 18 nm to go
inside the reef over to the Hamilton on the
North-West of the Island. Our time in
Bermuda will be determined by the weather outlook for the onward passage to
Newport, Rhode Island where we will make landfall to begin our cruising season
in the North-East…..and where we will lose our great additional crew, our
son – Ian, as he will then make his way to Toronto for work and income
generation until the fall when he will rejoin us as we head back to the Caribbean.
Hope to continue to provide enroute
updates…….nice pleasant sailing day today….
That’s all for now….more