Monday, April 21, 2008

St Martin to Bermuda – Arrival

Day 6 of our passage consisted of only ten hours and a total of 65nm by way of sail and engine power. We arrived in St George’s Harbour under a cloudy sky and wearing fleece.

Since the winter of 2005, each time I arrive in Bermuda I get an odd yet nice feeling, like one gets when you visit some place that holds a special memory. Upon reaching the Customs dock we were welcomed in a distinctive accent and an extra friendly manner, both so wonderfully Bermudian. After our paperwork was complete we anchored in the main Convict Bay anchorage area – you can probably see us on the web cam. We decided to leave the fenders and warps on until this morning just in case we got a visit from the police, customs or sniffer dogs like last year, but so far no visitors.

We enjoyed a nice motionless dinner at the dining table and celebrated with a bottle of Stags’ Leap Winery (2000) Napa Valley Petite Syrah, for years one of my favorite wines. Better still was 9 hours of uninterrupted sleep.

Total passage: 5 ½ days and 884 nautical miles.

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