CURRENT LOCATION: Anchored in St George's Harbour, Bermuda
32 22.748' N, 064 40.405' W
My PowerPoint extract of PassageWeather
data suggests that the time has come for us to say goodbye to Bermuda. NOAA weather information concurs, so we have checked out and are headed out into the big blue.
This one is a bit different than our most recent passages, where we were consistently exposed to easterly trade winds. Now that we are once again making a passage in the temperate zone, we need to be ready for winds from any and every direction, and for the fact that they will change rapidly. Also on the list of major hurdles between us and Norfolk is the Gulf Stream. We really need to cross that flow when there are no winds running counter to the current. Finally, we are bound to run into much more big ship traffic as we approach the east coast of the US. It should be an interesting and challenging voyage.
To our advantage, at least a portion of this trip will be spent under the umbrella of moonlight. After a long, dark passage from Antigua to Bermuda the ability to see the water for at least a portion of the night will be a welcome change.
So, once again, we will ask you to hold your e-mail for a week or so until you see a posting indicating our arrival in the good 'ol US of A. Wish us the best of luck.