Tuesday, 24 May 2016

Bermuda Departure

Hi everyone,
We are currently in position 32 26N 064 11W, saillng at 5.5 knots on a course of 090M. The wind is SSE at 16-20 knots with 1m sea and minimal swell. We are sailing under single-reefed main and double-furled yankee. Broken high cloud with occasional sun.

We departed St George, Bermuda at 1030 this morning. It was overcast and raining so a bit of a dreary departure. We cleared customs at about 0900 which was quick and easy. Back aboard we stowed the dinghy which took longer than usual due to an accummulation of weed on the bottom. That's a first!

We exited through Town Cut as the rain continued then made our way between two huge cruise ships approaching the island. As we sailed east the clouds gradually lifted and the rain stopped. There's still rain about but we seem to have found a nice clear patch for a while at least.

Several other boats departed this morning and one called us to ask our plans. Like us he's heading for the Azores so we'll try to stay in touch with him, especially if his HF/SSB works OK.

We really enjoyed our time in Bermuda. Pity the weather was so wet over the last week, as it was for our last days in the BVIs. Nevertheless it is a marvellous place and we hope we'll return one day.

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