|So long, Nanny Cay, until we meet again in November!|
It hasn't exactly been easy getting ready:
- Holiday: Good Friday
- Holiday: Easter Sunday
- Holiday: Easter Monday
- Holiday: Friday the Prince got married!
|Jeff, Dennis & Gary at Captain Mulligan's (nothing to do with golf!)|
The winds look favorable for the first day: 15-20 knots out of the east - the wonderful Trade Winds. The seas are projected to be 6'-8'. That should move Trillium right along at a comfortable speed on a starboard tack for a day or two. Earlier it looked like we were going to hit the lulls. It was suggested that we may be motoring for the last two days into St. George's Harbour on Bermuda. Now they are suggesting that we will get some gusts into the high 20's and some squalls. So who knows until you get there!
|From Bermuda to the Chesapeake Bay: The more|
"feathers," the stronger the winds. Red is not good!
There is a storm brewing between Bermuda and the Chesapeake Bay so we will hold in Bermuda until it passes and then make a run for the East Coast. We still have a lot to learn about weather and reading the various reports, gribs and charts, but we are improving with each trip. Experience has been a good - and relatively gentle - teacher. We check the weather on a site called http://www.passageweather.com/. We will check the weather again in Bermuda. In addition, we receive daily email weather reports via our satellite phone each day. And we are in communication with the fleet once a day on the SSB (single side band radio).
|See the Gulf Stream snaking around the ocean!|
As in the past, we will be out of communication range for several days while at sea. (Some of you have said: you do see land all of the way, don't you? And the answer is: NO. We are several hundred miles from land most of the time!)