beautiful BERMUDA - St George’s Harbour
26 May 2018 | the cruising yachtsman’s haven
St George - north east of the island
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All yacht arrivals and departures, customs and immigration for us sailors MUST happen from St Georges harbour – so at times it’s a busy place.
Our 1st day – Saturday 19th May was an early start to watch the ‘Harry and Megan’ Royal wedding on a TV in a local St Georges Hotel lobby. Due to the time difference between Bermuda and the UK – UK is 4 hours ahead we commencing watching with Sue and Bill from British yacht Camomile from 7am local time. After enjoying the CNN broadcast we ate a hearty breakfast in a local café over lots of chat between both crews. After finding some good internet, the rest of the day was spent catching up on emails, blogs out etc. and wandering a little around St George town.
We are at anchor in the very sheltered St Georges Harbour – and looking back on the island it is picture postcard perfect. Pastel coloured, solid stone and cement houses and apartments, all with white roofs. The few cobbled streets off the town square St George have a quaint charm and remind us of Cowes on the Isle of Wight. St Georges is Bermuda’s oldest town, in 2000 the little town became a UNESCO World Heritage site.
St Georges is all about Heritage – and every day (to entertain the cruise ship passengers) they hold a re-enactment of a public punishment at the dunking stool. It’s a bit of a laugh- and thankfully the water is warm for the dunking of the various actors playing out the roles of town nags and local gossips.
We very much enjoyed wandering the streets of St George and taking in the history. It is a small quite little village, with most action centred on the town square-mainly because of the free WiFi.
We chose to hangout at the Yacht Club, and got to know Brenda the bar lady in charge well and she was very helpful with info. The bar prices were the least expensive in town,(Bermuda is costly) their WiFi was excellent and the view from there front terrace out over the anchorage just lovely. The Yacht club is more into dingy racing for the young people – the big boat racing all happens in Hamilton harbour. We were able to do our laundry here and fill our tanks with water – an excellent and inexpensive service.
James made the most of their international TV to watch the European Football Cup final and the Monaco Grand Prix.
After a few days in Hamilton we returned to St Georges to hand out with the other yachties and wait for the right weather window to head off to the Azores.